BASW highlights damaging 'draconian' culture as Doncaster receives critical report
Concerns such as those highlighted today over failing children’s services at Doncaster will remain unless bureaucracy is reduced and cuts reversed to allow social workers to do their job, warned BASW...
Gove right not to blame individuals or care system but removing more children from home is no panacea
Commenting on a speech on child protection given by Education Secretary Michael Gove MP at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) that advocated an expansion in the care system, with more...
BLOG: Frontline scheme is no laughing matter
Andrew Ellery, Social Worker and BASW member, assesses the Frontline scheme.
BLOG: Lessons from Savile in resisting organised sexual exploitation
Blog by Ruth Stark, manager of the Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW), on what have we learnt about organised sexual abuse, repeat offenders and the long term effects of the offending on...
HCPC urges social workers to set up direct debits by 19 November
The latest details on the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) campaign to ensure social workers in England renew their registration and don't lose their right to practise as a social worker.
BASW: Profiteering private firms won’t save under-funded LA social services
BASW has hit out at Sandwell Council’s decision to award a £1.5m 30-month contract to management consultancy firm iMPOWER to run its children’s services.
MPs listen to concerns from social work frontline
MPs acknowledge "crisis" in social work after professional testimonials underline concerns raised in BASW's State of Social Work survey.
Resource implications cannot be ignored after MPs express safeguarding fears for older children
BASW welcomed a report by MPs on the House of Commons Education Select Committee, highlighting failings in the care system for older children, but warned the situation would get worse unless the...
Rise in children coming into care amid cutbacks puts increased pressure on social workers, Lords told
Lords inquiry warned social workers are straining under increased workload as more children come into care in a climate of service cuts.
Corporate parenting should be a job for life
BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb argues spending more on extended support for care leavers is not only the right thing to do morally, it also makes economic sense.
BASW critical of government plan for two chief social workers instead of one
Community Care's coverage of BASW's criticism of a government decision to scrap a plan to appoint one Chief Social Work Officer, and instead to divide the role between the Department of Health and...
More support, not bigger cash handout is answer to care leavers
Calls by the Children's Minister to provide greater support to young people leaving care are welcomed by BASW, while raising concern over proposals to increase a one-off payment to care leavers.
BASW: IDS is punishing children for being born
BASW has hit out at Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for proposed plans to cap child benefit at two children per family.
Winterbourne View highlights dangers of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ culture
The Winterbourne View scandal highlights the importance of funding locally based support for people with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities rather than sending them to far off...
Power of entry proposals supported by BASW Cymru
BASW Cymru welcomes proposals to give social workers greater power to enter homes to safeguard adults they believe are suffering abuse or neglect.
BASW says leadership and resources are key to transforming Birmingham children's services
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) says sustained leadership improvements are crucial if Birmingham City Council is to successfully turn around its child protection services, following...
Nigerian baby ruling sparks trafficking fears
Concern has been raised over a High Court decision granting custody of a Nigerian child to non-biological parents as a government report into human trafficking is published.
BASW joins rally against austerity
BASW is set to show its support for the TUC's Future that Works march.
Eastenders responds to Professional Social Work Magazine (PSW)
In light of the controversy surrounding the EastEnders’ storyline, PSW put some questions to the show’s executive producer, Lorraine Newman. Here are her answers.