BASW submits consultation response to DHSC as part of proposed Mental Health Act reforms
BASW also submitted an accompanying letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, highlighting issues that we feel are fundamental to improving the operation of the MHA, but which BASW...
BASW CEO Blog - 'The voice and influence of social work in Europe'
Ruth Allen CEO highlights the purpose and role of the Council of Europe - and its huge importance to social work in these uncertain times.
BASW responds to Government’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’
Any plan that does not centre the rights and dignity of people of all ages is not an immigration and asylum system that we could support.
SWU Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
The Social Workers Union fully supports Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. This week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental...
BASW responds to concerns about the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM)
The BASW England Mental Health Group has discussed deep concerns about the High Intensity Network and SIM raised by practitioners and particularly by people with lived experience of using mental...
BASW empowers communities in Malawi to battle Covid-19
International funding used to educate hard-to-reach communities on Covid-19 vaccination.
2021 Elections: What happened?
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an overview of last week's elections...
BASW supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
This year's theme is 'Nature' and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health...
BASW England launches Homes not Hospitals campaign
The BASW England Homes not Hospitals campaign has been launched because too many people with learning disabilities and autistic adults are being failed by the housing and care system
BASW member blog: The ASYE's facing discrimination
Newly qualified social workers of colour and/or have disabilities face inequalities in their ASYE journey. I think I know why…
BASW England Manifesto gains support from policymakers
As part of BASW England's commitment to engage with politicians around social work, we created a manifesto with the six issues that we would be campaigning on over the coming year...
AMHPs can help people in debt crisis access 'Breathing Space' scheme
The scheme pauses interest and debt charges while a person is receiving mental health treatment.
SWU Chair Carys Phillips announces that John McGowan will be standing for re-election
The General Secretary is the most senior staff position within SWU and the selected candidate will play a key role in taking the union forward in the next step of our development. John McGowan will...
This Week in Westminster - Friday 30 April 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW’s Public and Political Affairs Lead, gives an overview of what's been happening in Westminster this week...
BASW welcomes High Court challenge over ‘legacy benefits’
The rollout of Universal Credit is still ongoing and not due to be completed until 2024, which means some people that are still on those legacy benefits have been £20 out of pocket compared to...
Webinar: EU Settlement Scheme for Looked After Children and Care Leavers
BASWs Head of Policy and Research Luke Geoghegan chaired a session organised by The Children’s Society and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit about children in care from the EU who need to...
BASW England publishes Manifesto for 2021/2022
BASW England has made it a priority to engage with politicians across the country
Vaccines and Testing: The reality for social workers
Find out the reality on vaccines and testing for social workers in Scotland
Covid deaths in India have passed 200,000 today.
India has seen more cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days than any other country.
Scottish Elections 2021
Find out how the main parties manifesto pledges align with the Asks in our Manifesto for social work
Celebrate SWU’s 10th Anniversary with Us
The Social Workers Union is pleased to announce plans for our upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration. Join us on June 12 – 21 for an online celebration of the history and future of SWU.
IPPR seeks members for Health and Care Workforce Assembly
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is looking for volunteers to join its Health and Care Workforce Assembly which will act as an advisory group about how crises occur in the health and...
A conversation with BASW Anti-Racism Lead Wayne Reid
We speak to Wayne about his experiences and perspectives as a Black social worker – alongside his vision for developing genuine anti-racist practice across the profession and wider society
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW comments as jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd
‘We must not become complacent- as we still have a mountain to climb to ensure we eradicate institutional, structural, and systemic racism.’
Assaults on social workers petition will get a Government response
The petition now has over 10,000 signatures.
This Week in Westminster: Friday 16 April
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
50-4-50 Challenge: Help raise vital funding for the Social Workers' Benevolent Trust
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, SWBT is delighted to launch the 50-4-50 Challenge to raise the profile of SWBT, as well as secure vital additional funding.
Government Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes
BASW would like to hear your views so that we can submit a response to the consultation from BASW membership. Please do feed your views to us by taking this short anonymous survey.
Mental Health Tribunals Scotland: The views and experiences of patients, named persons, practitioners and members project
Mental Health Tribunal Scotland are recruiting people with lived experience of tribunals as part of their ongoing project.
BASW Blog: One social worker’s extraordinary effort to protect a child from being groomed
On 17th March 2021, following a three week trial, three of five defendants [link to story] were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of child sexual exploitation offences. This important verdict...
Local Elections 2021: Messages to social workers from Mayoral candidates
BASW has approached candidates across some of the Mayoral elections in England, to seek their views and vision for social work in their respective regions.
Smacking Ban Campaign: Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – protecting adults and children from violence
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is looking forward to a virtual roundtable on April 23rd with a wide cohort of stakeholders and Parliamentarians to discuss the smacking ban campaign, next steps and...
SASW’s Week for World Social Work Month
SASW delivered events in the last week of March to celebrate World Social Work Month. See what we got up to and some of our commitments as a result of these conversations
BASW England releases new Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers
The guide was developed in collaboration with valued stakeholders including Women’s Aid, Galop, Southall Black Sisters, Sign Health, Karma Nirvana, Respect, AVA, Ann Craft Trust, Dr Michaela Rogers...
Children in care, poverty and Parliament
An update on the campaign to retain the £20 Universal Credit uplift.
BASW comments on the Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities Report March 2021
‘A government gaslighting initiative with little merit’
Mapping anti-racism activism across Social Work - get involved!
Wayne Reid, BASW Anti-Racism Lead invites social workers to share examples of anti-racism activism