A message from BASW Chief Executive and Chair during this lockdown
We are hearing from social workers in different roles and from students around the country about the impact that this new lockdown is having on their morale and wellbeing.
Education Secretary launches review of children’s social care.
The voice and experiences of children and young people must be at the heart of the review
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW England and BASW Cymru response to proposed reforms to Mental Health Act
The proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act aim to provide greater choice and autonomy for patients in a mental health crisis
BASW England submits evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is examining the impact of lockdown restrictions on human rights and whether those measures only interfere with human rights to the extent that is necessary and...
BASW backs campaign to retain £20 Universal Credit uplift
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation campaign is supported by more than 80 civil society organisations, including BASW, who are all calling on the Government to extend and retain this lifeline.
New restrictions and unpaid work
Unpaid work can continue under the new Scottish Stay at Home restrictions although distancing requirements may impact the way in which services are delivered.
SASW stands by teachers and schools
SASW urges the Scottish Government to confirm that school staff are to be in the same priority for vaccination as health and social care staff and to enable local authorities and Third Sector...
BASW England response to report that thousands of vulnerable children have been sent to unregulated care homes during the pandemic
There needs to be significant, long-term investment in children and young people across the country - with support services for vulnerable children and care leavers requiring urgent resources, both...
Covid-19 and Vaccination: A BASW position statement
Social workers are a high priority for vaccination
Seasons Greeting e-Card by Harry Venning: Over £1000 raised to support homeless shelters
This winter BASW has been fundraising to support homeless shelters across the UK by encouraging members to share festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.
We need to look past the political bluster and there will be further analysis by sector experts over the coming weeks and months as the impact of this deal starts to become known.
End of year message from BASW Advice & Representation
Lien Watts, Head of BASW’s A&R Service and Assistant General Secretary at SWU, provides an update as the year comes to an end.
BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to 2021
Thank you for your bravery and commitment in working throughout such a hugely challenging year.
A statement of gratitude to BASW Cymru members
In 2021, BASW Cymru will not stop ensuring that social workers have a strong voice and are heard at the highest levels of Government, Policy and Regulation in Wales.
A Christmas message from the Social Workers Union (SWU)
Each and every one of you has come together as social workers to achieve exceptional things while looking after your families, supporting your colleagues and investing in your communities.
A 'Thank You' letter from BASW England
As 2020 draws to a close, BASW England has released a 'Thank You' letter to social workers across the country...
BASW office hours over the Christmas break
We close at 1pm on 24 December 2020 and reopen 9am on 4 January 2021
Being Homeless at Christmas
Caroline McDonald shares what its like working with a homeless family with no recourse to public funds
End of year message from Ruth Allen, BASW CEO
Throughout the last nine months I have often been in awe at the fortitude, positivity and creativity from social workers in the UK and across the world.
BASW in Westminster - Christmas edition
More doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been issued this week around the UK, and we’ll really see a ramping up of jabs being given out in January as people at the top of the priority list get...
Building Relationships at Christmas
Toyin Odenugba shares her reflections on the importance of building relationships with the people you work with as a social worker working in adult services
A Christmas Message from SASW
National Director, Alison Bavidge and Chair, Jude Currie, share a Christmas Message to SASW members
BASW England joins calls for people with learning disabilities to be given vaccine priority status
Government needs to recognise a range of different needs, not just clinical ones
Winter solstice message from Alison Bavidge
On winter solstice 2020, National Director Alison Bavidge shares a message of reflection and hope for 'warmer times'...
Reflections from a Mental Health Officer
Our Committee Member and Mental Health Officer, Ian Jeffries, reflects on how his work has changed since Covid-19
BASW Blog: Deaf Awareness in Child Protection Social Work
Deaf awareness training is not mandatory in social work practice - which begs the question, how can we inspire change if we are not listening?
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week in our last Weekly Roundup of 2020
Short term funding is not the answer to reducing the unpaid work backlog, says Scottish Association of Social Work
Read our statement on the Scottish Government allocation of additional funding to assist the backlog of undelivered unpaid work.
BASW England launch 'Impact of Covid-19 on AMHP survey'
New research commissioned by BASW England and the Department of Health and Social Care reveals a significant increase in people accessing mental health services during the first lockdown
BASW supports pledge to increase access to higher education for students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
The pledge consists of a firm commitment by a university, college or educational institution to undertake steps to support GTRSB students into and within higher education.
BASW in Westminster - Brexit: Are we facing a no-deal?
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW, analyses what a 'no deal' Brexit would mean for social work and the wider country...
SASW Events Coordinator Lisa Urquhart shares more about the team 'reverse advent calendar' for local foodbanks across Scotland...
BASW Blog: Social Work without the ‘Social’
I think, in the years following the pandemic, there will be an increase in mental health problems and an increase in PTSD given the experiences and heartbreak so many people have faced and are facing
Christmas as a Children & Families Social Worker
Our Professional Officer, Karin Heber, shares what its like working as a child and family social worker over the festive period.
Covid-19 vaccination programme: a statement from BASW
There are ongoing discussions about who should be prioritised for vaccination. This is a fast-moving situation and BASW is an active player in these discussions.
BASW Chair discusses impact of Covid-19 on children and families at the Westminster Education Forum
Gerry Nosowska joined a panel of experts to speak at the Westminster Education Forum last week.