Home Office should not resurrect child asylum seeker dental x-ray scheme
Following pressure from a number of concerned groups including BASW, the UK Border Agency has been forced to suspend a dental x-ray pilot scheme to determine the age of child asylum seekers.
BASW welcomes chief social worker “victory”
BASW has welcomed the advertising of a vacancy for the position of chief social worker within the Westminster government.
Focus on Torbay highlights pressures, BASW says
BASW has highlighted the pressures facing social work teams in the wake of Torbay’s children’s services coming under the spotlight for the fact that two out of five children at risk are not being...
NIASW welcomes wide-ranging NI social work strategy
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers has welcomed the publication of a strategy for the profession but again emphasised the need for more to be done about excessive bureaucracy and...
Government urged to act on child protection crisis
Commenting on Cafcass figures showing that the number of local council care applications has passed 10,000 for the first time.
Former New Zealand PM back’s social work’s Global Agenda
Social work’s global manifesto for promoting social and economic equality, the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, was officially received on behalf of the United Nations in New...
Independent social workers win judicial backing
The important role of independent social workers in family court proceedings won support from a high court judge at a Family Justice Review Public Summit.
Confidentiality in suicide cases – your views sought
The Department of Health (DoH) is inviting BASW members to comment on how better to support families who are worried that a loved one is at risk, and also those who are coping with the aftermath of a...
BASW’s concern at arbitrary care proceeding targets
A Public Law Summit on the Family Justice Review (FJR) heard an upbeat assessment of the potential for an “effective, powerful College of Social Work”.
Ofsted report: Adopters describe social work assessors as ‘welcoming’ and ‘sensitive’
BASW has welcomed aspects of an Ofsted report into the causes of delays in the adoption system, a document that found adoptive parents to be happy with the overall service offered by professionals.
“Poor morale, poor decisions and erosion of identity” – dangers of health integration
BASW has restated its reservations about the dangers of integration as the UK’s largest merger of local authority and NHS care services prepares to go live.
Doncaster SCR prompts BASW to set out cornerstones for improvement
BASW has set out the four cornerstones for improving the effectiveness of serious case reviews, following sharp government criticisms of the serious case review (SCR) into the case of two boys who...
Social work training must encourage students to challenge the political “status quo”
Social workers should resist “becoming de-politicised and part of the status quo” and must not be afraid of reclaiming community work even though it has a reputation as “too radical”, a leading...
Dementia is not just a “social” condition
Welcoming this morning’s announcement that dementia funding is to be more than doubled by 2015.
Give social workers a role in disaster relief work
Social workers should be given a more integral role in supporting teams of workers who assist with natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
Social worker describes opposing former employer to get better deal for service users
Disillusioned by the “process bound approach” of working for a local authority, a social worker has told BASW England’s World Social Work Day event how setting up as an independent social worker had...
Wales conference hears ‘shoulder to shoulder’ rallying cry
The social work profession was unable to exist in the Soviet Union and has only been able to establish itself over the past two decades, BASW Cymru’s World Social Work Day celebration in Cardiff was...
Police chief tells social workers to grasp the reality of human trafficking
Social workers and students at BASW Cymru’s WSWD event in Cardiff Bay have heard how the increasingly widespread problem of human trafficking can only be tackled by integrated thinking and a detailed...
Social work in mental health, alcohol damage and criminal justice all honoured
Mental health officer Sandy Watt won the Scottish Association of Social Work’s (SASW’s) Social Worker of the Year award for 2012, a reward for his 20 years as a “model professional”.
Make social justice a priority, BASW’s Westminster WSWD event hears
Social workers must recognise the key role their profession can play in the ongoing fight for social justice, attendees at a Westminster launch of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social...
World Social Work Day: Risk of social workers falling off register
As social workers mark World Social Work Day today, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) issues a warning about a twin threat to both the profession in England, and to service users.
World Social Work Day 2012: Do Children in Care Get a Better Deal in Other Countries?
The philosophy of social pedagogy is largely alien to the UK’s care system, yet as social workers mark World Social Work Day, it is a good time to consider how much we could learn from how the...
Social workers must take a role in tackling asylum seeker “destitution”
Some asylum seekers in Scotland are being left destitute and social workers must play a role in ensuring their wellbeing, delegates to SASW’s World Social Work Day conference have heard.
Social workers told of their direct links to the world
World Social Work Day (WSWD) offers a chance to link social workers throughout the UK with colleagues around the world who are working, and have worked, to support those in need, delegates to the...
Apply Code of Ethics throughout your practice, social workers told
Social workers should absorb BASW’s revised Code of Ethics, published in January this year, and use it in all aspects of their work, professionals at a Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW –...
Social workers warned to keep their private lives clean
Social workers have been warned by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to ensure they do not do anything in their private lives that could call into question their suitability to practise.
Scottish health and social care integration must heed lessons from abroad
Plans to integrate Scotland’s health and social care services by 2014 must learn lessons from similar efforts elsewhere in the world where successes and failures highlight the perils of attempting to...
Welsh Bill secures BASW’s aim of protecting social work functions
BASW Cymru has described plans to legislate to legally enshrine the role of social workers in specific tasks, including adult and child protection work, as “an extremely welcome and positive step for...
Home care standards – social care leaders must be willing to ‘rock the boat’
BASW has expressed concern that senior figures in social care aren’t “prepared to rock the boat” and tackle the culture revealed by a Which? report.
NIASW starts World Social Work Day celebrations early
Practitioners from across the public and voluntary sector gathered in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings, Stormont – home of the Northern Ireland Assembly – to celebrate World Social Work Day...
Minister responds to SASW’s prison reform concerns
The Scottish government has written to the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW – part of BASW) to indicate that it will press on with plans to abolish prison visiting committees but will...
Structural change ‘too simplistic’ – SASW restates concerns about health integration
The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW – part of BASW) has reiterated its concerns about wholesale restructuring of health and social care after it was criticised in the Scottish parliament by...
The compelling economic and medical case for early intervention
Early intervention with families of infant children living in high-risk child protection situations has a proven impact on outcomes and can dramatically reduce public spending on future offenders.
Call for Welsh social services bill to include legal requirements on employers
BASW Cymru has urged the Welsh government to offer the people who use social services the additional safeguard of ensuring that the employers of social workers are legally required to give adequate...
Former nightclub bouncer wins top social work award
A former pub and club bouncer who went on to become a social worker has been recognised with a prestigious lifetime achievement award for his work with disadvantaged people.
Care leavers getting “a raw deal” – BASW responds to Ofsted survey
Most children in care believe their lives are better for being removed from their families but want more support in making the transition to adulthood, according to a report.
Study suggests that more qualifications and more support increase social worker resilience
Securing post-qualifying qualifications can help make social workers more resistent to burnout, initial findings from research into building resilience amongst social workers in Northern Ireland has...
Government’s “knee-jerk” adoption plan risks exacerbating problems
BASW has responded to the latest government plans to reform the adoption system in England by insisting that a child’s right to the best possible outcome should not be sacrificed in a “knee-jerk”...
BASW accuses Ofsted of giving ‘mixed messages’
Ofsted has now revealed that adoption breakdown will be factored into inspections, despite no reference to this issue when it announced that only local authorities who place children for adoption...