BASW presses for suspended workers to be allowed to re-register
BASW’s Advice and Representation Service has urged social workers to be allowed to re-register while they are suspended from duties as news emerged that the two social workers at the centre of the...
Abusive social worker removed from practice
A former social worker at Birmingham City Council, Angela Turner, has been removed from the Social Care Register for allegations including inappropriate and abusive language towards a service user.
The statistics that say social work makes a difference
Social work interventions have cut child deaths and improved the life chances for vulnerable young people, the BASW England conference heard last week.
Hilton Dawson’s call for Social Work Act of Parliament
It’s time for social work to get off its collective knees and launch a revolution in the great May tradition, says BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson in his PSW column next month.
Liberal Democrats promise integration of health and social care
The Liberal Democrat Party pledged to integrate health and social care services in its manifesto published this week.
Social work is absent from Conservative Party manifesto
No mention of social work was included in the Conservative party manifesto published earlier this week. Despite 52 references to the word ‘social’ and a focus on the concept of the ‘Big Society’, the...
Social worker removed from practice for fabricating visits to at-risk children
Former Plymouth City Council social worker Charon Rae Salisbury has been removed from the Social Care Register following a General Social Care Council (GSCC) conduct hearing this week.
Plaid Cymru rejects ‘punitive’ welfare reforms
Plaid Cymru has outlined its commitment to free care provision for older and disabled people in its manifesto published this week.
BASW condemns comments about “arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children”
BASW has expressed astonishment at comments from the new president of the high court’s family division, Lord Justice Wall, after he described the perception of many social workers as “arrogant and...
Labour plans could see more social workers in schools
The Labour Party has pledged that social work training will be overhauled and more social workers would be based in schools should they be re-elected into government following the General Election...
BASW calls for a Social Work election
As Gordon Brown has named Thursday 6 May as election day, the British Association of Social Workers has called for cross-party commitment to guarantee that social work services will be prioritised...
Northern Ireland puts safeguarding vulnerable adults to the fore
A reform of Northern Ireland’s current adult protection infrastructure has been unveiled by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).
BASW leader offers clear message on the choice facing members
In an Easter message to members BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has called for a resounding ‘yes’ vote in the UK College of Social Work referendum which closes on April 21.
Financial independence for GSCC will see costs passed onto social workers
BASW has welcomed plans to redefine the role of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in a move that would restrict its activities to social work, but warned that a further proposal to make the body...
Government commitment to free care is a step towards meeting BASW’s Manifesto for Social Work agenda
BASW has warmly welcomed government confirmation of plans for a National Care Service for England that would fulfil one of the five aims set out in its Manifesto for Social Work.
BASW warns that National College plan is ‘fatally flawed’
BASW chair Fran Fuller has warned that rival plans for a National College of Social Work in England are ‘fatally flawed’.
Independent social workers hit out at Ministry of Justice
Independent social workers (ISWs) are calling on the government to drop plans to slash their court fees in half, claiming that children’s lives will be put in danger. Their fees for acting as expert...
Let us help make the College Work, BASW urges
“Let us help you make the College work,” was the message from BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson after addressing a meeting of the National College steering group, chaired by the Social Care...
Survey reveals high caseloads, disillusion and support for a BASW college
Almost a quarter of social workers are handling more than 30 cases at once and 56% have seriously considered leaving the profession during the last year, a BASW survey on The State of Social Work...