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.
BASW statement: New immigration rules huge risk to social care
BASW is extremely concerned over the impact the post-Brexit immigration system outlined by Home Secretary Priti Patel will have on social care and social work.
BASW Cymru notice on floods
BASW Cymru opens doors to donations of cleaning items, clothes and basic household items for flood-hit communities
A celebration of the life and influence of Terry Bamford
An obituary of former BASW chair and lifelong social worker, Terry Bamford, by friend and colleague, David Jones.
A very Welsh-focused collaboration
We have some great opportunities to start working together and hopefully amend the guidelines to reflect Wales and to promote the guidelines across the Social Care workforce in Wales.
SWU ballot members on future strikes
On Monday, the Social Workers Union (SWU) will be asking its members to vote on whether the union can advise/lead its members to strike in the future.
A tribute to Pete Felton
BASW England would like to pay tribute to dear friend Pete Felton, who recently passed on
Latest updates from Health and Social Services
Today, two written statements have been published from the department of Health and Social Services for Wales.
Review of Mental Health Law in Scotland
A review is being carried out into the way mental health law is working in Scotland.
BASW comments on Operation Hydrant figures
BASW responds to the latest statistics released by Operation Hydrant – police inquiry into historical child sexual abuse investigations – showing 35% of 11,346 allegations led to convictions.
BASW saddened to report passing of Terry Bamford
It is with great sadness for everyone at BASW to learn the news that Terry Bamford has suddenly passed on following an accident.
Scottish Association of Social Work in the Media
Watch, read and listen to National Director, Alistair Brown on the BBC.
Social workers need "resources and manageable workloads" to support Care Review findings, says Scottish Association of Social Work
SASW argue for resources and manageable caseloads for the social work workforce in Scotland, in response to the findings of the Independent Care Review.
Brexit Day: BASW’s statement
Many people across the UK, including many social workers, have arrived from one of the EU 27, and we stand with them to safeguard each other’s human rights and the rights of those we serve.
Chair's blog: Social work is a force for good
Our society and our world need understanding, kindness and sharing. The recent General Election showed the divisions across the UK, we live in an age of great inequality, and globally there are many...
BASW NI Statement on the Migration Advisory Committee’s Recommendations on salary thresholds for immigration
BASW NI has cautiously welcomed the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations to the UK Government on salary thresholds for immigration.
Help develop more resources for social workers working with autistic people and people with learning disabilities
BASW has produced capabilities statements and continuous professional development (CPD) frameworks on working with autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities. We are now developing...
BASW and SWU meet with Julie Morgan AM
The ongoing work to improve working conditions for social workers made another positive impact today as BASW Cymru National director, Allison Hulmes, and SWU general secretary, John McGowan, met with...
BASW eCard campaign raises over £500
BASW is delighted to report our Christmas eCard campaign raised over £500 for homeless charities.
Victims’ Commissioner seeks views of social workers
Views sought: The Victims’ Commissioner is currently undertaking a deep dive review into the experiences of children and young people as victims of domestic abuse and their potential subsequent...
Social Workers Appoint New Chair to Lead Professional Association
BASW NI is delighted to announce Independent Social Worker, Orlaith McGibbon, as its new Chair.
British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland Statement on the deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland
BASW NI calls for parties to agree to the New Decade New Approach proposals and restore a Northern Ireland Executive.
Pride in Practice: Call for Presentations from Social Workers
Two-day Pride in Practice event calls for presentations from front line social workers.
Urgent action needed to ensure children and young people can access the mental health services they need.
Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found that 133,000 young people referred to specialist mental health services in England were rejected in 2018-19, despite increased government...
LGA relaunch Return to Social Work
The Local Government Association, which represents councils across England and Wales, today has teamed up with the Government Equalities Office to reignite the Return to Social Work programme...
Scottish Association of Social Work and Scottish Social Services Awards Merge
The SASW Social Work Awards have merged with the Scottish Social Services Awards.
Celebrate World Social Work Day 2020 with BASW
For WSWD 2020 we are excited to share that BASW is planning a series of events across the UK – to celebrate World Social Work day with as many teams, services and individuals as possible
Happy New Year to you all!
Ruth Allen CEO BASW reflects on the year ahead: We need to be ready and strong - not only to respond, but to shape and create the narrative and the vision for now and tomorrow.
BASW NI 2019 Round-Up
At the end of another busy year we look back at some of the vital work undertaken by BASW NI to represent the interests of the social work profession.
Festive best wishes to you, to all our members and to social workers across the UK!
A message from BASW chair Gerry Nosowska and CEO Ruth Allen