Introducing Jenny Molloy – BASW England’s first Patron
Author, trainer, lecturer, government adviser and care leaver Jenny Molloy has been appointed BASW England’s first Patron. Jenny said she wants to help the profession “be loud and proud” about...
BASW England response to MPs report on Rotherham
A report issued today by MPs warns that child sex abuse is widespread in England, and states that Rotherham Council and Ofsted both failed the victims in this town. BASW England Manager Maris...
Keep social work degree generic, Government adviser tells BASW England conference
The man appointed by the Westminster Government to lead a review into social work education earlier this year made a passionate call to keep the social work degree a generic qualification....
Managers must know about life in practice, principal social workers say at BASW England conference
The importance of senior managers being connected to practice was underlined at BASW England’s Annual Student and Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference. Delegates at the event in Birmingham...
'CSE should not be a rite of passage' - BASW response to Coffey report
BASW response to Coffey inquiry report.
BASW response to BBC film Baby P: The Untold Story
BASW response to BBC film Baby P: The Untold Story
BASW – CQC Safer Place to Be report ‘highlights breaches of best practice becoming the norm’
BASW has praised the Care Quality Commission (QCQ) report on places of safety for people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act for highlighting the frequency of breaches of best...
Joe Godden speaks to the Liverpool Echo on why social workers and councils fear that new government rules will put elderly at risk
Joe Godden, BASW England Professional Officer, speaks about his concerns in regard to the new government rules coming into place. He said: “The Care Act 2014 is the biggest piece of legislation...
The ‘blame game’ – perhaps our MPs could take a leaf out of Lord Sugar’s book?
England Professional Officer Nushra Mansuri explains how the treatment of social worker Steven Ugoalah in the first episode of The Apprentice is a reminder of how scapegoating and wtich-hunting...
HCPC renewal update
Social work HCPC renewal update As of Thursday 25 September 2014, 35.3 per cent of social workers in England had renewed their registration. This is an encouraging start, but it is extremely...
Britain needs a pay rise
BASW wants its members to join the biggest demonstration this decade and let the government know that: ‘Britain needs a pay rise’. Organised by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) this mass demonstration...
Bridget Robb's statement to members
BASW membership continues to go from strength to strength now reaching our highest level of membership at 16,130, a rise of nearly 8% in the last year. The Social Workers Union (SWU) also saw...
BASW: Coventry CC is right to urge social workers to "Do It For Daniel"
As Coventry City Council today launches a hard-hitting ad campaign to recruit social workers that references the death of Daniel Pelka, BASW Chief Executive Bridget Robb has praised the initiative.
BASW: Action for Children fostering FOI - child’s needs must take priority over money
BASW professional officer Sue Kent comments on the results of an FOI request from Action for Children showing that one in three children are separated from siblings in foster care
BASW/HCPC partnership prepares members for HCPC renewal
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) have come together to offer BASW members vital training. The two half day events took place on...
BASW statement on Rotherham inquiry
The findings of the independent inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham are both shocking and horrific and our thoughts are with the victims of these terrible crimes. The report...
Bridget Robb's message of support for Stand Up for Social Workers tour
It is great to see social workers as performers helping people to have a good night out with laughter and fun. Well done to Debster and McGrath for this venture. We normally take ourselves very...
BASW: Children's social work checklist a welcome work in progress
BASW response to knowledge & skills statement for children's social workers
Protect the child, not the reputation
Response by the British Association of Social Workers to calls by the NSPCC to criminalise the covering up of child abuse by institutions:
Full public inquiry needed into historic child abuse
The Government must launch a full and transparent public inquiry into alleged cover-ups of historic child abuse cases, the British Association of Social Workers said. Home Secretary Teresa May...
BASW campaign helps force Government U-turn over children's privatisation plans
The Government has bowed to opposition from campaigners including the British Association of Social Workers to proposals that would have allowed private companies to profit from vulnerable children...
BASW C & F group backing calls for child abuse inquiry
BASW England Children & Families reference group is urging members to support a campaign to establish a national inquiry into organised abuse by contacting their local MP.
Call to join people's protest
The British Association of Social Workers and the Social Workers Union are to join in a national demonstration against austerity this weekend. The No More Austerity protest takes place in London...
The untold story behind Baby P tragedy
The untold story behind the media headlines following the death of Peter Connelly was heard by delegates at the British Association of Social Workers annual conference.
Minister's assurances fail to ease profiteering over children's services fears
The British Association of Social Workers reiterated its concern over Government proposals that could pave the way for the privatisation of children's social care in England at its Annual UK...
Show social workers the respect they deserve - Lord Justice Munby
The highest family court judge in England and Wales told social workers he wants to ensure their skill and expertise is respected in family court proceedings.
Media social worker-bashing is adding to society's problems, says newspaper columnist
Negative stories about social workers can put people’s lives at risk, political commentator and The Guardian columnist Owen Jones warned.
Help us find the UK’s most influential social workers
Last month PSW launched a search to find the individuals you believe have had the biggest influence on social work in the UK. The top five as chosen by you will be published in the Encylopedia of...
England report - June 2014
England Conference and Annual Meeting: A big thank you to members, staff, guest speakers and workshop leads for your fantastic contribution in the planning and delivery of the England Conference...
Supporting social workers key to protecting children in Birmingham, says BASW
Social workers in Birmingham must be given “the tools to do their job”, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said in the wake of another damning Ofsted report for child protection in the...
BASW helps shape standards for social work employers
BASW was instrumental in developing new standards setting out the level of support social workers in England can expect from their employers.
BASW and SWU oppose privatisation of children's social care
BASW and SWU have launched an online petition opposing proposals by the Coalition Government that pave the way for the privatisation of children's social care. The plans are outlined in a...
BASW comment on delegating children's social care functions
BASW comment on delegating children's social care function consultation
BASW: Pooled budgets and multi-agency community teams key to getting more people with a learning disability back into community
The latest set of quarterly data prompted by the Winterbourne View Concordat, which aims to end inappropriate hospital placements for learning disabled people, has shown that 1,702 patients out of a...
BASW comment on Think Ahead scheme for mental health social workers
This week Think Ahead, a ‘fast-track’ scheme for training mental health social workers has been launched by care minister Norman Lamb and the IPPR. While the programme is yet to be fine-tuned,...
The problem with troubled families programme
The Government’s troubled families initiative was criticised as based on a “spurious target” and showing little evidence of sustained change by the British Association of Social Workers.
Who's protecting the social workers, asks BASW's Chief Executive
More consideration needs to be given to the safety of social workers who increasingly face abuse and violence while trying to keep others safe, BASW’s Chief Executive Bridget Robb said.
Under-age Facebooking is like 'giving a child a pack of cigarettes'
Letting children under the age of 13 have a Facebook account is tantamount to child abuse and like “giving a ten-year-old a packet of cigarettes” an expert in child protection and parenting warned.