Social workers could not have foreseen Shannon Matthews kidnap
BASW has welcomed a report that says social workers could not have anticipated Shannon Matthews’s abduction or her mother’s involvement in it.
World Conference launch for human rights website
A new website offering social workers practical advice on human rights has been launched by two leading global social work organisations.
Social workers “have nothing to fear” from serious case review publications
BASW issued a firm welcome to a UK government plan to publish serious case reviews in full, with identifying details removed.
Funding to improve social work confirmed for 2010/11
The £23 million local social work improvement fund will be available to local authority children’s services in 2010-11, the new Department for Education has confirmed in a written parliamentary...
World’s poor forced to pay for bank bail-outs
The poor and vulnerable are being forced to bear the costs of bailing out the banks, International Federation of Social Workers president David Jones told the World Conference on Social Work in Hong...
Social worker removed for accessing pornography at work
A social worker has been removed from the social care register for frequently accessing pornography at work during his time employed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.
UN lauds social work’s global influence
A top United Nations official has called on social workers to collaborate with the UN on achieving the millennium development goals to cut world poverty.
Surge in child protection referrals set to continue
Local authorities could see an increase of more than a third in the number of children going into the care system in 2011-2012 based on predictions from recent increases in child protection referrals...
BASW welcomes plan to free social workers from bureaucracy
A new review of child protection work promises to cut down on the paperwork confronting social workers in their jobs.
Government confirms independent fees will be capped
The coalition government has controversially decided to press ahead with plans to cap the court fees for independent social workers (ISWs), BASW Online has learned.
Social workers from across the world unite at Joint World Conference
More than 2,500 social workers from across the globe are coming together this week at the Joint World Conference in Hong Kong.
Derby social workers set to take industrial action
Social workers in Derby will begin industrial action this week after learning that their car allowances will be cut.
Loughton takes responsibility for social work reform
Ministerial responsibility for social work reform has been given to Tim Loughton, the parliamentary under secretary for children and families in the new Department for Education.
Plymouth praised while Doncaster faces government intervention
Ofsted has praised Plymouth Council’s children’s services department for the way it handled a high-profile child protection investigation.
Councils should not make placement choices based on cost
Money should not be a barrier to making sure vulnerable looked-after children get the best possible care, according to a 10-month inquiry by the National Assembly for Wales into the placement of...
Child protection guidance launched in Scotland
Scottish children’s minister Adam Ingram has launched draft child protection guidance which covers areas including online safety and child trafficking.
Children face greater risk if social work services are cut
Social workers are almost unanimous in the view that any cuts to social work services would leave already massively understaffed child protection teams less able to keep vulnerable young people safe...
Report highlights failings for children in prison
A fall in the number of young people in prison has not resulted in improved conditions for the majority of incarcerated young people, The Howard League for Penal Reform has warned.
BASW launches new discussion forum
A brand new debating ground has been opened on BASW’s website in the form of a new discussion forum, designed to allow social workers to discuss the issues pertinent to you.