Supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during coronavirus outbreak
Two BASW England capabilities statements on social work with autistic adults, and adults with learning disabilities can help social workers and their employers to keep a focus on what they need to...
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
An update on activities relating to coronavirus COVID-19 for members in Scotland.
BASW Cymru statement on Wales student social workers
BASW Cymru is liaising with Social Care Wales, to ensure clear guidance for student social workers around the suspension of qualifying programmes.
Students need to be given the opportunities and support to make the choices they want to make about placements in these uncertain times.
BASW calls upon the government, Social Work England, HEIs, placement providers, Student Finance England to develop a co-ordinated transitional national action plan to support social work students at...
In the last week, as an independent social worker, I have found that I am at home with flexibility in my work schedule in a way that hasn’t been the case for a long time. Across the country...
BASW is continuing to work with partners to raise your key COVID-19 concerns
Ruth Allen CEO BASW provides an update on our work to raise your issues with key partners
The Coronavirus Bill- an update
BASW acknowledges the speed with which Parliamentarians are having to consider the Bill and therefore restricts itself to the most important issues – more information will be provided at a later date.
Covid-19: A message from the Social Workers Union
John McGowan, General Secretary, has a message for social workers talking about changes to Advice and Representation.
BASW statement on Windrush review
On the premise of promoting human rights and social justice, our position is the recommendations must be swiftly enacted and implemented by the Government to redeem any sort of credibility.
Message to members
Dear members We want to thank you for the outstanding commitment you have shown in maintaining essential services and support in the most difficult of circumstances. The last two weeks we have...
COVID-19 What is working?
As part of the BASW COVID-19 survey Over 1000 social workers share their experiences and challenges of working in the pandemic, best practice examples were also shared.
The Coronavirus Bill: The Response from BASW
The Coronavirus Bill has been introduced as a response to an unprecedented threat to public health. See BASW's initial calls for action...
Scottish Association of Social Work responds to draft coronavirus bill
Statement from the Scottish Association of Social Work on the draft coronavirus bill.
Message to members from BASW NI Chair
Read Orlaith McGibbon's letter to members outlining the work undertaken by BASW NI to represent their interests since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Update from BASW Council
Gerry Nosowska BASW chair provides an update following an additional BASW Council meeting held on 18th March 2020 to set out the BASW Covid-19 plan.
Social workers are key workers / critical workers
The government has announced social workers are included in definition of essential frontline key workers in the context of this pandemic as set out in the Guidance for schools, childcare providers,...
Social workers vital role must be urgently recognised and resourced throughout COVID-19 crisis
BASW is working with partners for ‘key worker’ and other vital recognition for social workers across the UK. Social workers need clearer guidance and professional support and resources from...
The government has updated information on a proposed Coronavirus bill. We have set out what the main elements are for social work.
WSWD blog: Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships in the face of Coronavirus
I think it is safe to say that the Coronavirus outbreak has somewhat overshadowed World Social Work Day - despite this, it has never been more important to emphasise and reflect on its theme.
BASW Advice and Representation and Social Workers Union Services
Joint member information on service variation during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
COVID 19 and support for BASW members
BASW is making changes to how we work and mobilising to support members through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Stories of social work on World Social Work Day 2020
We are dedicating WSWD to collecting and sharing your stories and images of your work.
Social work during Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ongoing Survey open to all social workers
BASW wants to hear your queries and experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic. This will help us support you and all social workers, speak out social work and the rights of people using services,...
World Social Work Day 2020
For World Social Work Day #WSWD2020 we join with social workers across the UK and worldwide to celebrate and recognise our profession’s vital work across global communities - today and every day.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings
Updated COVID-19 guidance from Health Protection Scotland for Social or Community and Residential Settings.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings in Scotland
SASW wishes strength and calm to all our members and partners across the sector for the coming time of challenge. SASW has shared an update following the Government decision to move its responce to...
COVID-19: BASW comment
The latest guidance and BASW comment, plus information on BASW meetings and events
Information on this page aims to provide a hub of information to support social workers with advice and guidance which has been issued by Government, regulators and health professionals.
Funding and wholesale reform is needed for social care
BASW responds to the UK 2020 Budget and asks for more support for social care and public services.
Commonwealth Day 9th March 2020
A theme for this year’s Commonwealth day is: 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'. On this day fifty four countries, across all continents, will celebrate their common...
Social work and novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Social Work England shares information and a joint statement from chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals on 3rd March 2020:
February Council – Farewells and welcomes
Council remember Terry Bamford and say goodbye and thank you to Colin Reid and Gareth McGibbon as they leave Council.
BASW Cymru best interests assessors survey
We would like to hear your views on professional development in relation to Mental Capacity Act practice and the prospects for Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) implementation
Gemma Allnat – Early Career Social Work Researcher
BASW Cymru met with early career social work researcher Gemma Allnat, who is completing a PHD at Cardiff University and is the Research Development Officer in the Wales School for Social Care...
Social workers highlight priority areas for action to Ministers for Health and Communities
BASW NI has participated in meetings with the Northern Ireland Executive Ministers for Health and Communities to discuss a range of pressing issues for the social work profession.
BASW supports call for delay to LPS
BASW supports the letter from ADASS, ADCS and the LGA requesting to delay the implementation of LPS beyond October 2020, considering the delayed publication of the Code of Practice.
SWU offering £500 in student essay competition
The Social Workers Union (SWU) have announced the theme for their annual World Social Work Day student essay competition.