Social worker safety at work campaign: BASW and SWU statement
BASW and SWU are engaging with Government to explore practical, effective and appropriate ways to improve social worker safety.
*NEW* Bridging the Gap: transitional safeguarding and the role of social work with adults
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, introduces the new briefing and underlines its importance to social workers working with young people transitioning into adulthood.
Government consultation on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes: Summary of BASW England survey responses
Last month BASW England surveyed its members on the key questions taken from the government’s public survey, with a focus on those that were of most relevance to social workers
Survey: Social Work England's continuing professional development (CPD) consultation
BASW England encourages members to share their views and feedback via our online survey, to help shape our formal response.
BASW England raises concerns about the effect of increased charges for care and support
BASW England is concerned about reports of some service users who have decided not to use local services because they cannot afford to pay
Queen’s Speech 2021: BASW England response
BASW England is calling for reform to social care that goes beyond addressing the injustices of social care funding.
Queen's Speech 2021: BASW response
The Queen's Speech provides the government with an opportunity to highlight its priorities for the months ahead...
BASW responds to concerns about the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM)
The BASW England Mental Health Group has discussed deep concerns about the High Intensity Network and SIM raised by practitioners and particularly by people with lived experience of using mental...
BASW England Manifesto gains support from policymakers
As part of BASW England's commitment to engage with politicians around social work, we created a manifesto with the six issues that we would be campaigning on over the coming year...
BASW England publishes Manifesto for 2021/2022
BASW England has made it a priority to engage with politicians across the country
A conversation with BASW Anti-Racism Lead Wayne Reid
We speak to Wayne about his experiences and perspectives as a Black social worker – alongside his vision for developing genuine anti-racist practice across the profession and wider society
Government Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes
BASW would like to hear your views so that we can submit a response to the consultation from BASW membership. Please do feed your views to us by taking this short anonymous survey.
Local Elections 2021: Messages to social workers from Mayoral candidates
BASW has approached candidates across some of the Mayoral elections in England, to seek their views and vision for social work in their respective regions.
BASW England releases new Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers
The guide was developed in collaboration with valued stakeholders including Women’s Aid, Galop, Southall Black Sisters, Sign Health, Karma Nirvana, Respect, AVA, Ann Craft Trust, Dr Michaela Rogers...
BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines for people in England
People in care homes resident in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12th April 2021.
BASW England raise further deep concerns on how the Review of Children’s Social Care will be conducted.
Contract shared for the Secretary of State for Education review of the children’s social care sector
Maris Stratulis reflects on BASW England-led week of World Social Work Month 2021
BASW England’s Maris Stratulis reflects on week 3 of World Social Work Month and pays tribute to social workers across England, the UK and the world – before looking ahead to next week of #WSWmonth...
Gender-based violence: Enough is enough
As social workers, we must do better, not only to protect our female-majority workforce, but also to champion the rights of the women and girls we support
BASW England Branch Blog: Christian Kerr
The Chair of the North East Branch talks about radical social work in a contemporary context
SWU Blog: Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – protecting adults and children from violence
The Social Workers Union fully supports the aims of the Domestic Abuse Bill. We believe that all people, be they adults or children, should be protected from violence in any setting, including their...
BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines
BASW England recognises the value and importance of working in partnership with families, friends, carers and providers and is aligned with organisations that have been and continue to advocate for...
BASW responds to National Social Worker Healthcheck report
BASW CEO Ruth Allen and England National Director Maris Stratulis comment on the National Social Worker Healthcheck Report.
BASW welcomes vaccine priority change for people with learning disabilities
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued revised guidance to the Government that all people on the learning disability register should now be prioritised for a COVID...
BASW England Branch Blog: Esme Daley
Today is the day we’ve been waiting for, when our Prime Minister will again share his ‘roadmap’ of how restrictions will be eased. Many have been waiting for this update to find out whether their...
BASW England policy statement on the Independent review of children’s social care
This policy statement comes after consideration by relevant BASW England member-led groups and the National Standing Committee
Blog: 'Why testing is just as important as vaccines in social work'
What has happened to standardised Covid-19 Testing for social workers in England? BASW's Liz Howard asks the question and urges social workers to do the same...
Blog: 'Putting care experienced people at the heart of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care'
In this blog, I wish to focus not on the appointment process, or the chair himself - rather, on the hundreds of thousands of care experienced people this review will impact, many of whom will remain...
#TestAccessRights: Family carer unable to see son due to blanket care home restrictions
BASW continues to campaign for safe access to care homes for social workers and families.
BASW England update statement on responding to the Children’s Social Care Review 2021
The Review is being trailed as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for change. It has very wide scope in its terms of reference, far reaching stated ambitions and currently a 12-month timeline.
Survey: Government consultation on proposed reforms to Mental Health Act
In order to help prepare BASW’s response, we have collated the quantitative questions from the Government’s consultation.
BASW England supports Joint Committee on Human Rights on care home visits
The Committee found that relatives remain an essential part of care for so many older and disabled people in care homes - as it helps them to keep their memories alive, in touch with the outside...
BASW musicians needed for World Social Work Month jam!
Whether you’re a dab hand on the drums, a violin virtuoso, or you’re savvy on the spoons, there is a space for you to participate in our upcoming jam session, as part of World Social Work Month.
BASW England responds to news about urgent proceedings issued against SoS for Health and Social Care - as the number of people with learning disabilities dying from Covid-19 continues to rise
The Government needs to change vaccine prioritisation to prevent further deaths.
Event Resources - Launch of Mapping Professional Capabilities Statements, 28/01/2021
Find the resources in relation to this event here
Blog: Introducing the PCF, KSS and Regulatory Standards mapping guide
BASW England Professional Officer Rebekah Pierre introduces a new mapping guide to help social workers and colleagues understand how PCF, KSS and regulatory standards relate to each other.
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
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 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...