BASW presses local authority chiefs to spare social work from spending cuts
BASW has this week written to every local authority in England urging council leaders to spare frontline social work services from spending cuts.
BASW’s concern at social work regulation plans
BASW has voiced concerns that the government is pressing ahead with its plans to transfer the regulation of social work in England to the Health Professions Council (HPC) without its involvement.
‘Grand coalition’ needed to raise Scottish care standards
All Scottish political parties should put aside their differences and form a ‘grand coalition’ to improve outcomes for looked-after children, according to leading children’s charity Aberlour Child...
BASW says proposed end of life law lacks safeguards
BASW Scotland has raised concerns that proposed legislation that would allow people to request an assisted death lacks safeguards.
Share your views on the impact of overseas social workers
BASW has been asked to submit a report to a Home Affairs Select Committee consultation process that is examining government plans for capping immigration to the UK, potentially affecting the...
College of Social Work consultation events during September
The College Development Group, of which BASW is an active member, is holding a series of consultation events during September, as efforts continue to define the future purpose and functions of The...
Social worker removed from register after paying for sex
A social worker has been removed from the social care register for paying for the services of a sex worker.
Social workers embrace digital technology
Social workers are increasingly embracing digital technology to find families for children, according to a leading adoption and fostering organisation which has reported a sharp rise in the numbers...
Caseload pressures on social workers revealed
Four in 10 social workers feel they have an unmanageable caseload, according to research by specialist social work recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel. Two thirds of practitioners who responded...
Social workers urged to define doctors’ role in child protection
The General Medical Council is calling on social workers and other professionals for evidence about doctors’ roles and responsibilities in child protection.
BASW condemns “scandal” of unsupported child protection workers
BASW has today slammed the current situation in child protection as a national scandal in the Association’s submission to Professor Munro’s independent review of child protection.
Care system struggles as numbers of vulnerable children rise
The care system is under extreme pressure and is struggling to cope with the numbers of children needing foster placements, according to a report published this week by the Fostering Network. Since...
Introduction to Advocacy course
BASW members can receive a 10% discount on an Introduction to Advocacy training day being hosted by Voice, the latest organisation to sign up to the Association’s 5 Star social work employer scheme.
Early intervention commission announced by government
The government has announced an independent commission into early intervention to ensure that children with multiple disadvantages get the best start in life. Children’s minister Sarah Teather and...
Care Council for Wales to reflect after GSCC abolition
The social work regulator in Wales is to reflect on its future role following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is to be abolished.
NISCC seeking urgent talks following GSCC abolition plan
The social work regulator in Northern Ireland is to hold talks with political leaders following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is...
Government calls time on the ASBO
Home secretary Theresa May has launched a review of anti-social behavior powers available to the police saying: “It is time to move beyond the ASBO”.
Scottish regulator unmoved by abolition of GSCC
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has said it will be business as usual for regulation in Scotland, despite the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council...
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...
BASW’s campaign continues as cuts begin to bite
BASW is urging social workers in all parts of the UK to highlight examples of public spending cuts impacting on social work services. The Association is also urging members to lobby MPs and ministers...
Report calls for more training on end-of-life care
Social workers need training in order to play a greater role in planning and delivering end of life care ahead of huge increase in the numbers of deaths each year, according to a major report...