Government taking ‘Pontius Pilate’ approach to College funding
BASW has questioned why the government is washing its hands of serious financial questions by refusing to properly address legitimate concerns raised by social workers over the yet to be established...
Concerns about use of non social work staff for assessments
A former social work team manager based in a remote part of Scotland has written to his ex-employer raising concerns that social workers have been replaced by unqualified workers to carry out complex...
BASW Russian trip 2011 – Rolling blog
This page will be used as a rolling blog, containing contributions and updates from the BASW member’s trip to Russia, check back for regular updates.
British Journal of Social Work: Special issue 2013
The editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of applications to act as guest editor(s) for a Special Issue with a publication month of March 2013 (Volume 43, No.2).
Social workers express fears that cuts will ‘put lives at risk’
Social workers have told BASW that deep cuts to social work services are already impacting on the frontline, with almost all respondents to an online poll expressing concern at potentially tragic...
BASW presses local authority chiefs to spare social work from spending cuts
BASW has this week written to every local authority in England urging council leaders to spare frontline social work services from spending cuts.
Government calls time on the ASBO
Home secretary Theresa May has launched a review of anti-social behavior powers available to the police saying: “It is time to move beyond the ASBO”.
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.
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.
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...
Government listens to BASW UK college proposals
BASW has welcomed an invitation from two senior cabinet ministers to meet with them in the wake of the Association’s decision to ballot members on the formation of a College of Social Work across the...
Free offer to mark World Social Work Day
To mark yesterday’s World Social Work Day celebration, BASW members have been offered free access to a selection of online articles from Practice: Social Work in Action.
BASW urges members to vote yes in referendum to change social work for the better
As ballot papers for a referendum on launching a College of Social Work across the UK arrive on doorsteps, BASW is urging members to vote yes to its plan.