Social work students get help to choose courses
Social work students will be able to judge the quality of degree courses before applying after a decision by the General Social Care Council to crack down on universities by publishing inspection...
BASW’s campaign continues as cuts begin to bite
BASW is urging social workers in all parts of the UK to highlight examples of public spending cuts impacting on social work services. The Association is also urging members to lobby MPs and ministers...
Report calls for more training on end-of-life care
Social workers need training in order to play a greater role in planning and delivering end of life care ahead of huge increase in the numbers of deaths each year, according to a major report...
Social worker convicted of fraud banned from practice
A student social worker who served an eight month sentence for fraud has been removed from the social care register. Antoinette McClue was convicted of fraud by false representation at Snaresbrook...
UK commissioners welcome end to detaining child asylum seekers
There is a pressing need to end the detention of children for immigration purposes to avoid the damage it causes, the UK’s children’s commissioners have said, urging the UK government to do so...
Team managers given chance to hone frontline management skills
Team managers across Wales are being offered the opportunity to undertake sponsored training to develop their frontline management skills. The Team Manager Development Programme, which is made up of...
Children at risk of exploitation need better protection, warns Barnardo’s
There should be better co-ordination and information sharing between agencies to protect children at risk of child sexual exploitation, says Barnardo’s.
PM urged to ‘choose Life over Art’ by prioritising social work
BASW’s chief executive Hilton Dawson has written to the prime minister to urge him to prioritise social work jobs and services at the expense of arts funding.
Two year suspension for children’s worker
A children’s social worker who admitted failings in his handling of child protection work has been suspended from the social care register for two years.
Social worker with two jobs cleared of misconduct
A social worker who admitted taking on two full-time jobs simultaneously, but denied she had been dishonest in not telling both employers, has been cleared of misconduct by a General Social Care...
Derby social workers lose battle to keep allowances
Social workers in Derby have lost their battle with the city council to keep allowances for the use of private cars, with Unison agreeing to call a halt to industrial action.
Social services white paper for Wales
The deputy minister for social services in Wales has announced plans to publish a white paper on social services next year.
BASW gives broad welcome to Munro Review panel
A broad welcome has been given by BASW to the announcement of a diverse membership for the Munro Review panel on the future of child protection.
Stable care system can cut public spending
Fewer transitions and more stability for children in the care system could save children’s services more than £32,000 per child per year as well as ensuring better emotional stability for the child,...
Scotland presses on as Vetting & Barring Scheme is put on hold
The UK government’s decision to place the planned Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) on hold for England, Northern Ireland and Wales has been swiftly followed by confirmation that a similar...
Scotland sees rise in social workers
Social work numbers in Scotland increased by 3% last year, according to Scottish Government statistics published late last month.
Pay freeze raises doubts over career structure plans
Serious concerns have been raised about plans to strengthen social work following the announcement of draconian cuts to the public sector in the budget earlier this week.
Minister offers funding commitment to BASW leaders
The children’s minister Tim Loughton has told BASW he will press the Treasury to fund existing child protection services and any measures to emerge from Professor Eileen Munro’s review of child...
BASW expresses grave concerns at spending cuts
BASW has responded to the UK coalition government’s first budget by issuing a stark warning that cuts which fail to protect social work services will put the lives of vulnerable children and adults...