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.
BASW takes resounding poll mandate into College Development Group talks
After a resounding victory in its national referendum, BASW is set to rejoin the government-backed development group taking forward plans for a College of Social Work.
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...