Plymouth praised while Doncaster faces government intervention
Ofsted has praised Plymouth Council’s children’s services department for the way it handled a high-profile child protection investigation.
BASW leader offers clear message on the choice facing members
In an Easter message to members BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has called for a resounding ‘yes’ vote in the UK College of Social Work referendum which closes on April 21.
Financial independence for GSCC will see costs passed onto social workers
BASW has welcomed plans to redefine the role of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in a move that would restrict its activities to social work, but warned that a further proposal to make the body...
Government commitment to free care is a step towards meeting BASW’s Manifesto for Social Work agenda
BASW has warmly welcomed government confirmation of plans for a National Care Service for England that would fulfil one of the five aims set out in its Manifesto for Social Work.
BASW warns that National College plan is ‘fatally flawed’
BASW chair Fran Fuller has warned that rival plans for a National College of Social Work in England are ‘fatally flawed’.
Independent social workers hit out at Ministry of Justice
Independent social workers (ISWs) are calling on the government to drop plans to slash their court fees in half, claiming that children’s lives will be put in danger. Their fees for acting as expert...
Let us help make the College Work, BASW urges
“Let us help you make the College work,” was the message from BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson after addressing a meeting of the National College steering group, chaired by the Social Care...
Survey reveals high caseloads, disillusion and support for a BASW college
Almost a quarter of social workers are handling more than 30 cases at once and 56% have seriously considered leaving the profession during the last year, a BASW survey on The State of Social Work...
Government listens to BASW UK college proposals
BASW has welcomed an invitation from two senior cabinet ministers to meet with them in the wake of the Association’s decision to ballot members on the formation of a College of Social Work across the...
Free offer to mark World Social Work Day
To mark yesterday’s World Social Work Day celebration, BASW members have been offered free access to a selection of online articles from Practice: Social Work in Action.
BASW urges members to vote yes in referendum to change social work for the better
As ballot papers for a referendum on launching a College of Social Work across the UK arrive on doorsteps, BASW is urging members to vote yes to its plan.
Sharp criticism of Community Care’s college coverage
The BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has used a letter to Community Care to sharply criticise the weekly magazine’s coverage of the Association’s plans to develop a College of Social Work across...
LGA calls for scrapping of Laming’s initial assessment plan
Social workers should be given the freedom to process referrals using their own discretion and the requirement to carry out a formal initial assessment should be scrapped, according to the Local...
Climbie social worker finally wins right to re-register as a social worker
Former Haringey social worker Lisa Arthurworrey has won her bid to be registered by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after being turned down at her first attempt.
Independent college a matter of “professional pride”
Chief executive Hilton Dawson has used a BASW conference in Northern Ireland to re-emphasise the case for an independent College of Social Work across the UK, led by social workers, arguing it...
BASW’s college vision welcomed by opposition party
BASW’s plan to launch an independent College of Social Work across the UK has prompted interest from the Conservative Party.
What a college means in practice
As BASW members begin receiving details of a referendum for establishing an independent College of Social Work across the UK, an analysis of how equivalent bodies for other professions function is...
Social workers needed to share experiences in media interviews
BASW is issuing an urgent call to frontline social workers or managers across the UK to share their experiences of the work they do in TV, radio and print interviews.
Historic decision for BASW to develop a College of Social Work
In a historic move BASW is calling on social workers to vote yes in a referendum of its members on launching an independent College of Social Work across the UK to raise the status of the profession.
Laming recommendations will need 6,300 extra social workers
Social workers could be driven out of the profession as a result of child protection reforms that will treble their workload, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Admonishment for leaving eight-year-old child
A social worker who failed to inform agencies that an eight-year-old child in her care had run away was today admonished for a year following a hearing into her conduct.