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.
MP report says not enough is being done to tackle current child sexual abuse concerns
The Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group has issued six recommendations for the prevention of child sexual abuse and better support for victims. The group highlights concerns that, despite...
Accepting 'risk' is part of personalisation, says Chief Social Worker for Adults
Personalisation means social workers must respect the right of individuals to live with risk in their lives, England’s Chief Social Worker for Adults said.
BASW: Panorama shocking but there is a lot of good practice in the sector
As an undercover investigation for BBC Panorama revealed abuse and neglect at two separate care homes in different parts of the country, BASW has commented that the sector is not in a “good place”...
Prof Nick Frost - Focus on failure rather than successes is unfair
Social workers must challenge the “discourse of failure” upon which the profession is judged and instead celebrate the “heroic professionals” trying to change lives, a child protection head said.
Social workers are the solution, not the problem: chief social worker
England’s Chief Social Worker for Children called for social workers to have a “new relationship” with local authorities that recognises their skills rather than just holding them to account.
England report - May 2014
Increase in membership: England membership continues to increase – notably we have seen growth in student membership, members in full-time employment and those working independently. The annual...
BASW pledge to work with CQC to address lack of places of safety for mentally unwell young people
BASW has pledged its commitment to working with CQC to address the problem of a national shortage of ‘places of safety’ where young people who experience episodes of mental ill health in public...
BASW – NSPCC report shows need for ‘re-think’ on preventative social work
As the NSPCC releases its annual How safe are our children? report showing that strained frontline social work teams are struggling to provide anything other than an ‘emergency service’, BASW has...
BASW welcomes Birmingham report but warns against imposing another year of instability
Responding to Julian Le Grand’s report to the Secretary of State for Education on ways forward for children’s social care services in Birmingham, Bridget Robb, Chief Executive of the British...
Full coverage of BASW England's World Social Work Day event, including the Care Bill and how to stay calm amidst cuts 'pandemonium'
Coverage of BASW England's World Social Work Day event in Birmingham, held on 19 March
BASW: Coventry's Ofsted findings are part of a national picture
Commenting on today's Ofsted report describing the effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Coventry as 'inadequate', following the tragic death of Daniel Pelka in 2012, BASW Chief...
NIASW World Social Work Day: We need to archive the stories of social work as a legacy for the future
The importance of working together with service users to tell both good and bad stories of social work was a key theme of NIASW’s World Social Work Day conference at Titanic Belfast.
How the Care Bill will impact on social workers
The implications of changes to care legislation that will affect every adult in England were outlined to social workers.
Stay focused amid reform 'pandemonium' in children's services
Social workers must stay focused on being reflective, research-minded practitioners amid the “pandemonium” of Government legislation impacting on their profession.
Child soldiers, social work and communities in transition
Children forced to be soldiers during Sierra Leone’s civil war that ended a decade ago have growing into a generation of traumatised adults in need of support.
MPs back Early Day Motion recognising social work's contribution to society
This house notes World Social Work Day on 18 March; recognises social work as a global profession and commends social workers across the UK for their dedication and hard work with some of the most...
Plight of the eight million institutionalised children
A stark insight into the lives of the eight million children institutionalised in orphanages globally was given by a charity founded by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
BASW England report - April 2014
It has been a busy time for the England Team, members and branches. Thanks to you all - by working together we achieve so much more. This report details some of that activity and hopefully will...
BLOG: Standing up for vulnerable people – and social work – in an age of austerity
A sobering insight into how Government policies are impacting on service users was delivered at BASW Black Country Branch’s ‘Social Work in a Time of Austerity’ conference. Hugh Robertson reports on...
Guardian publishes BASW co-signed letter on fears over mental health cuts
BASW is a signatory to a letter in today’s Guardian expressing members’ concerns about reported further cuts to NHS mental health services.