BASW blog: Reflections on #WhatMakesAHome
BASW Cymru National Director, Allison Hulmes, marks the start of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month with a powerful personal reflection.
SASW responds to Setting the Bar report
A report examining social work workloads and caseloads in Scotland illustrates the perfect storm that is enveloping the profession. Setting the Bar was commissioned by Social Work Scotland to look at...
SASW contributes to tackling drug deaths debate
This week, SASW contributed to a Scottish Parliament debate on tackling drug deaths and harm. The debate was called by MSPs from the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, the Social Justice and...
BASW in the media: National review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson
BASW staff and representatives appeared on a range of media outlets following the National Review's publication...
SWU response to the national review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson
Social work needs to be properly funded to retain the workforce and protect vulnerable children and adults.
Chair's blog: 'Reflecting on my last BASW Council meeting'
Our chair, Gerry Nosowska, provides members with an overview of the most recent - and her last - BASW Council meeting
Social Work Policy Panel
The next meeting of the Social Work Policy Panel takes place on Tuesday 7 June, 13.00-14.30. The panel is a space for front-line social workers to share their views and experiences with policy-makers...
SASW shares consultation feedback
The SASW team have been busy this month responding to consultations on areas affecting social work practice in Scotland. Read our submissions and next steps below. Progress made to implement the...
MP raises BASW's safeguarding concerns in House of Commons during Ukraine debate
BASW briefed MPs ahead of the debate, expressing our concerns that the lack of Government-run matching scheme will result in safeguarding risks due to a lack of rigorous checks on the host.
Cost of living crisis: Chancellor makes ‘Emergency Budget’ announcement
Unable to ignore the calls for action, the Chancellor came to the House of Commons today with an announcement on measures the Government were going to take in light of the growing pressure on...
UNCRC Incorporation: What happens now?
This week, the Deputy First Minister gave a statement to parliament on the UNCRC Incorporation Bill. What will the legislation do? The Bill will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the...
Cost of living crisis: BASW UK calls for Emergency Budget in letter to Chancellor
People are now forced to make impossible choices between paying bills or feeding their families. We are calling on the UK Government to take action.
Care Review: BASW speaks to media
BASW proactively engaged a range of media outlets, to ensure our profession is represented in national discussions about the future of children’s social care in England.
SWU among 16 UK Trade Unions condemning Turkey’s illegal invasion of Northern Iraq and North and Eastern Syria
Turkey is engaging in the same behaviour as the Russian state's brutal invasion of Ukraine, and we again urge President Erdogan and the Turkish government to return to the negotiating table to...
BASW chair blog: 'IFSW Global meeting – Local is Global'
Last week countries met at the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) two-yearly General Meeting, with BASW representing the UK. Our chair Gerry Nosowska shares some highlights.
SWU to attend the Parliamentary Policy Roundtable on Equal Protection of Children Against Assault
On 21st June 2022 the Working Group on Equal Protection of Children Against Assault will share their views in Parliament and discuss banning corporal punishment of children in England.
SWU to attend Fixing Social Care and the Cost of Living Crisis: Agreeing Next Steps roundtable at the House of Commons
Parliamentarians along with Future Social Care Coalition core members and partners will call for a fair deal for social care at this high-level roundtable on 6th June 2022.
BASW initial response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
A full analytical look at the Review, its recommendations, and how it impacts all areas of social work will be forthcoming soon.
National Mental Health and Wellbeing plan: Learn more & help us shape BASW England's response
We're holding a special online workshop and launching a survey for members...
Social Work and the war in Ukraine - update 18th May 2022
Ukraine and other wars, latest BASW action, creating new guidance, experiences of social work across borders (IFSW report) and Roma in Ukraine
Out of the Shadows: The role of Social Workers in Disasters
Ruth Allen and Gerry Nosowska reflect on the release of Out of the Shadows, the first book to be published focusing on the role of UK social workers in disasters
SWU and FosterTalk celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2022
This year’s awareness campaign runs from May 9-22 and it showcases the commitment, passion, and dedication of foster carers.
Social workers and service users deserve political stability
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, pushing thousands of families across Northern Ireland further into poverty and distress, the need for our political representatives to form a Northern Ireland...
Join us in raising up the voice and influence of people who have used social work services in on social work research and publishing
British Journal of Social Work is inviting applications to the Journal Editorial Board from people who have lived experience of social work services. The aim is to recruit several new members with...
Local Elections 2022: A summary for social workers
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an overview of last week's Local Elections...
SASW secures assurances on support for social workers in Ukraine response
SASW has secured an assurance from the Scottish Government that social workers will receive support to help them meet expected increases in demand on services with the arrival of people forced to...
SASW highlights risks to social worker's mental wellbeing
On Mental Health Awareness Week, SASW secured a meeting with the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care to discuss how the Scottish Government can improve wellbeing and working conditions for...
The Queen’s Speech: What should social workers be aware of?
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
Key legislation becomes law after passing through the UK Parliament — BASW in Westminster
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
Social Worker Policy Panel Meeting Summary
The Social Work Policy Panel held its third meeting on Tuesday between front-line social workers and Scottish Government officials. The purpose of the panel is for front-line social workers to share...
BASW chair blog: 'Why I can't wait for this year's Annual Conference and AGM'
This year’s theme - social work for the future - will engage us in remembering why social work matters and what we bring to shaping the way our society develops.
Local Elections 2022: Use Your Vote!
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, previews this week's local elections...
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Work elects new committee
New faces joining the group include Lord Alf Dubs, Lord Hall, and Baroness Uddin.
SASW calls on social work leaders to promote anti-racism work
SASW has written to social work leaders in Scotland to highlight its Anti-Racism Action Plan and inviting them to share what they are doing to promote anti-racism within their organisations. The...
BASW England responds to death of Hakeem Hussain
BASW England wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and those affected by the tragic death of Hakeem Hussain.
Tell us your ideas for events!
We're currently reviewing our events programme and need your ideas and feedback. Let us know everything from ideas for topics and speakers to days and times you would like to see events taking place...
CPG on Social Work holds April meeting
The Cross-Party Group on Social Work held its second online meeting on Wednesday 27 April with another excellent turnout. The group brings together social workers, stakeholder organisations and MSPs...