BASW dismisses Ofsted social work findings as “absurd”
An Ofsted survey of social workers that shows they feel well-supported in their jobs has been dismissed by BASW as “absurd, ridiculous and out of touch with reality”.
BASW backs Khyra Ishaq review and urges investment in social work to minimise risk of future tragedies
BASW has responded to the full publication of the Serious Case Review into the tragic death of Khyra Ishaq by urging others to join social work in learning lessons from the case. The SCR revealed...
BASW responds to planned abolition of GSCC
BASW has responded to the Westminster government’s surprise decision to abolish the General Social Care Council and fold its regulatory work into a wider healthcare body, by insisting that the new...
Harassment of own family results in GSCC admonishment
A social worker who threatened to kill his wife and children has been admonished by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Minister promises to limit child protection reform
Children’s services will not be radically reformed by the new government, the children’s minister has confirmed.
Low take-up sparks fears over liberty safeguards
Mental health organisations are calling for an urgent investigation into why safeguards introduced in England and Wales to prevent people who lack capacity being detained unnecessarily in care homes...
Teenagers get raw deal from child protection
Teenagers are often poorly served by the child protection system because they are mistakenly seen as more resilient than other children or better dealt with by another service.
Safeguarding services in Birmingham remain inadequate
Safeguarding services in Birmingham Council have been graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in an inspection report.
Welsh regulator seeks views on conduct system
Social workers in Wales are being asked to contribute views on how the Care Council for Wales (CCW) can improve its handling of conduct cases. The regulator announced this week that it is looking at...
BASW calls on government to outline direction of social work
BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has written to education secretary Michael Gove urging him to set out his plans for social work. In a letter sent this week, Mr Dawson notes that the Department for...
BASW calls for urgent MoJ meeting over fee capping
BASW has called for an urgent meeting with the Ministry of Justice to discuss the role of independent social work (ISW) in the family courts, as the prospect of a sharp cut in ISW expert witness fees...
Unison deal would sacrifice College independence
BASW has warned that the College of Social Work could become dominated by trade union interests if it links up with Unison to offer joint membership to social workers.
Government scraps ICT plans to save £15m
Education secretary Michael Gove has this week written to directors of children’s services informing them that the £15 million plans to improve ICT systems have been scrapped.
BASW membership likely to mean automatic College membership too
BASW and the development group working to establish the College of Social Work have reached agreement in principle on a deal that would see BASW members automatically becoming members of the College...
BASW reveals College convergence plan
BASW is considering a plan to move towards convergence with the College of Social Work, following discussions last week. BASW’s UK Council agreed last week to present convergence proposals to the...
BASW offers robust defence of “invaluable” independent social work role
BASW has defended independent social workers against a “major assault” by the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, who last week called for their role in court...
BASW launches England-wide adult social work seminars
BASW England is holding a series of seminars across the country to address emerging concerns from social workers working in adult services. BASW England policy development officer Joe Godden said...
NIASW to hold local Western Trust meetings
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) is holding a series of informal meetings with social workers from adult and mental health services across the Western Trust.
Social work students get help to choose courses
Social work students will be able to judge the quality of degree courses before applying after a decision by the General Social Care Council to crack down on universities by publishing inspection...