Julie-Ann Macqueen: Champion of One Parent Families
Read the obituary for Julie-Ann Macqueen, a key figure in Scottish Social Work.
Adult Social Worker health check findings published
The LGA have published report findings of the health check survey 2018
SWU reveal winners of essay competition
Social Workers Union (SWU) is delighted to announce the winners of their recent World Social Work Day Essay Assignment Competition.
BASW concerned about Action for Children report
BASW England is calling for greater investment in children’s wellbeing following a concerning report released this week by Action for Children.
BASW Cymru to support Homeless World Cup
Cardiff is set to host the Homeless World Cup later this month in its famous Bute Park. The eyes of the world will be on Cardiff between July 27- August 3rd as 50 countries and over 500 players come...
The Capabilities Statement for PSW’s is published
The Capabilities Statement and Roles and Responsibilities framework for Principal Social Workers (PSW) in Adult Services have now been published.
Social Workers urged to nominate for 2019 Awards
There is still time for social workers to be nominated for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, with entries closing Friday 19th July.
BASW comments on successful Court of Appeal case against removal of student from social work MA course following anti-homosexuality public social media posts
BASW CEO, Dr Ruth Allen comments on successful Court of Appeal case against removal of student from social work MA course following anti-homosexuality public social media posts
BASW England concerned about reporting in Family Courts
The BASW England Children and Families Practice, Policy and Education Group (PPEG), who are involved in the consultation on reporting in the Family Courts, have responded to the most recent draft...
SASW disappointed by failure to extend workplace parking levy exemption to social workers
Read the statement outlining our disappointment at the decision not to extend a national exemption to social workers as Stage 2 bill proceedings draw to a close.
BASW UK conference and AGM 2019 – review
The Titanic Belfast hosted BASW’s UK conference and 49th Annual Grand Meeting last week and here is a roundup of the day’s programme
BASW Chair blog: Gerry Nosowska
Your Annual General Meeting - BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, reports back on the AGM
Home Office seeking Expression of Interest
The Home Office are looking to identify additional panel members to represent local authorities on the Multi-Agency Assurance Panels, which are part of the Government’s National Referral Mechanism (...
Launch of Capabilities Statement and CPD Pathway
BASW England has launched the Capabilities Statement and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Pathway to support social work practice with adults who have learning disabilities
BASW NI submits evidence to Westminster welfare inquiry
BASW NI has submitted evidence to an inquiry into welfare policy in Northern Ireland being jointly held by the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and Work and Pensions Committee.
"I've worked with care experienced young people for over 20 years and they have taught me everything I know"
Katie Matthews shares what it felt like to be nominated by one of the young people she works with for Social Worker of the Year back in March, and reflects on 'falling' into the profession...
Social workers from around the UK meet in Belfast to explore the importance of working across boundaries and borders
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) is delighted to welcome colleagues from across the UK to Northern Ireland, as its parent organisation—the British Association of...
"I enjoy empowering vulnerable people and supporting them to get their life back on track"
Our latest blog is from Edward McKim, who reflects on receiving a special recognition at the SASW Awards and on what inspired him to become a social worker.
BASW Cymru welcomes the introduction of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill
BASW Cymru welcomes the introduction of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill by Vaughan Gethin AM, Minister for Health and Social Services.
BASW England writes open letter on Adult Social Care
BASW England’s Adults Policy, Practice and Education Group has written an open letter to the Secretary of State and to all leadership contenders for the Conservative Party.
Tay Jiva awarded an MBE
Tay Jiva (BASW England Ambassador) has received an MBE award for her contribution to children’s services
BASW and SCIE survey on digital capabilities in social work
Take the survey now What is this survey about? Social workers in the UK use digital technologies and resources every day. But little is known about their overall experiences, knowledge, concerns and...
SASW statement on Care Inspectorate report into learning from Significant Case Reviews
Read our statement on the Care Inspectorate report, "Learning from significant case reviews - March 2015 to April 2018", which found that some agencies in Scotland didn't respond...
"It was an honour and a privilege to work with such courageous people"
Calum Glasgow reflects on the relationships he built on a placement that led him to winning Student Social Worker of the Year at the 12th Annual SASW Awards.
Chair's blog: What has BASW Council ever done for us?
BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, discusses the latest Council meetings
Gypsy, Roma Traveller History Month
Every June, the gypsy and traveller communities around the United Kingdom come together to celebrate the culturally diverse and sadly much misrepresented Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, for Gypsy,...
SASW gives evidence at Scottish Parliament committee on the workplace parking levy
SASW National Director Alistair Brown gave evidence at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on the impact of the workplace parking levy on social workers and the people they work with.
The NHS must recognise and embed the vital role of social work in the development of the People Plan
BASW England response to the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan
"I was incredibly humbled, honoured and emotional at receiving the nomination"
Read the blog from Sarah McCulloch, nominee for Practice Teacher of the Year at the 12th Annual SASW Awards
BASW urges members to complete inquiry on Adult Social Care
With the green paper on adult social care continuing to be delayed, and with Brexit confounded matters further, this new inquiry into the future of social care couldn’t be better timed.
Allison Hulmes looks to engage membership in new role
Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director for Wales, has been in post since the 1st March, replacing Robin Moulster who held the role for over seven years.
Imam Sis hunger strike successful
Imam Sis, the Newport based Kurdish activist, has completed a successful hunger strike after his struggles echoed all of the way to Parliament, directly influencing the Turkish government to allow...
BASW response to serious youth violence consultation
BASW England has submitted its response to the Home Office’s current consultation on serious youth violence
BASW open day unveils our new HQ and members area
This week, BASW welcomed guests, visitors and members to an open day that showcased our HQ and refurbished courtyard, as well as a new members area for meetings and networking.
BASW responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report
BASW has responded to this week’s publication from the Children’s Commissioner for England – ‘Far less than they deserve: Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health...
SASW welcomes new National Director
Alistair Brown to take over the post of National Director of the Scotland Office as Trisha Hall retires after almost 6 years.
BASW responds to LeDeR annual report
BASW has responded to this week’s publication of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme’s 2018 annual report, which indicate ongoing concerns about the premature deaths of...
BASW responds to UN report on UK poverty
BASW has responded to the publication this week of a report on poverty in the UK that was commissioned by the UN.
BASW responds to Panorama investigation
Last night’s Panorama expose of violent and abusive practices by staff on adults with learning difficulties and autistic adults at Whorlton Hall in County Durham was shocking and horrific.