This week in Westminster - Friday 16 July 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW UK’s Public and Political Affairs Lead provides an update
BASW England policy response: Health and Social Care Bill
BASW England is consulting with members on the proposals within the Health and Care Bill and the implications for social work.
Health and Social Care Bill – Hospital Discharge proposals: BASW England response
The proposals must give people the opportunity to be listened to, heard, and involved in making decisions about their care and treatment.
BASW response to the ADASS Spring Report
Report adds further urgency to calls for reform of social care.
Government set to push ahead with £20 cut to Universal Credit: BASW response
We are using our voice and influence to highlight why the cut would be detrimental to children, families and people across the country.
Winterbourne View: 10 years on
BASW England is strongly advocating for social care that is properly resourced and funded to be able to deliver the high-quality support and housing that is needed in the community.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Social Work Association responds to Independent Review of Children's Social Care 'Case for Change' report
The report does not present a sufficiently detailed historical legal and political summary of child protection policy or practice - nor does it incorporate the intersectional impact of...
BASW Blog: 'Why the wheel cannot stop turning'
Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director, on the Drive2Survive campaign and why social workers must oppose anti-GRT proposals in the Police Bill
BJSW Editor’s Choice Video Podcast
Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic, editor of the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW) introduces the BJSW (51 / 5) Special Issue on Disasters and Pandemics
This Week in Westminster - Friday 9 July 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW UK’s Public and Political Affairs Lead provides an update
Celebrating Social Work: BASW UK Celebration and Annual General Meeting
** Save the date - 15th September 2022 **
BASW UK position statement on Social Work with Trans People
BASW recognises and stands in active opposition to the stigma, oppression, stereotyping and abuse that many trans people experience.
Remuneration Campaign -People with Lived Experience
A new campaign - led by the Austerity Action Group - wants to hear research/involvement experiences in a new survey.
BASW response to the NHS being awarded the George Cross
It is absolutely right that the NHS receives recognition for the incredible work during the pandemic. However, there will be many equally dedicated and courageous workers in social care – who often...
BASW/SWU ‘Assaults on social workers’ petition: An update for members
Together, BASW and SWU will continue to campaign for social worker safety in the workplace.
BASW briefs policymakers on anti-GRT proposals ahead of next stage of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
Members of the GRT community have the right not to be harassed and discriminated against on the basis of their ethnic identity and way of life.
Talk to SWU: workplace issues webinar on 7 July 2021
All UK social workers are invited to attend and talk directly to SWU about any workplace issues they are experiencing. This session is free to attend and the webinar is set up so that questions can...
BASW England: IRCSC 'Case for Change' Survey
The Independent Review of Children's Social Care (IRCSC) has recently released its 'Case for Change' report. BASW England is seeking feedback from members on the document to help...
Reflections on the lack of self-care in social workers
Karin Heber, Professional Officer at SASW shares her reflections on why social workers don't practice what they preach when it comes to self-care...
BASW writes to new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Maris Stratulis, BASW England National Director, and Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, write to Sajid Javid MP.
Bans on eviction enforcement - an update for social workers
During the pandemic, the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments all placed limits on enforcement of evictions in recognition of the number of people who were struggling with the financial consequences of...
SWU joins Future Social Care Coalition Group
SWU’s status as a member of the FSCA enables the collective voice of its members to be heard at a key moment, and possibly a pivotal time in the history of social care.
BASW England 80-20 Campaign Survey 2021: Where are we three years on?
BASW England have refreshed the 2018 survey which resulted in campaigning to reverse the trend which saw children and families social workers spending just 20% of their time in direct contact with...
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW response to audit report into Government’s response to pandemic
Social care and social work must be recognised as equals to healthcare, with greater transparency on key decisions
BASW Blog: The BASW 50th Anniversary Project - End of a journey and a nod to a new and exciting future
Gaby Zavoli, BASW Heritage project co-ordinator, looks back through a wonderful period of activities and celebrations – and encourages members to join us for a special reflection event next week.
National Age Assessment Board: BASW receives response from Home Office following consultation submission
In the response, the Immigration Minister referred to plans for a National Age Assessment Board (NAAB), a proposal that 50% of respondents to our survey disagreed with.
BASW Blog: Lewis Roberts reflects on recent Westminster Education Forum panel appearance
The panel discussed lessons learned during Covid-19 for improving child safeguarding and explored the future of virtual social work - a fantastic opportunity to ensure the social work voice and...
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is delighted to announce the winners of our World Social Work Day 2021 Essay Assignment Competition
Four social work students have each won £500 for their entries to SWU's WSWD 2021 Student Essay Assignment Competition, and two additional outstanding entries have been awarded prizes as well...
BASW England National Standing Committee election results 2021
BASW England National Standing Committee (NSC) is delighted to announce the following members have been elected to serve on the NSC for 2 years with the option to stand again for a further two years...
EU Settlement Scheme: BASW writes to Home Secretary
Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, urges the Government to extend the deadline for the EUSS and create a more supportive environment for those who come forward.
This Week in Westminster - Friday 18 June 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
MP questions Minister on the absence of social work voice on SAGE
Barbara Keeley MP says Government failed to use expertise from social work and social care sector in the early stages of pandemic.
The Case for Change - review of children's social care report
300 contributors to the review are from a registered workforce of over 100,000 social workers – more must be done to grasp and fully understand the value and the importance that social workers bring...
EU Settlement Scheme: Social workers see the obstacles every day – why can’t the Government?
Extending the deadline and providing a supportive environment reassures people that coming forward to register themselves is the right way forward.
IMPACT – Improving Adult Care Together – Call for Social Worker Nominations to the National Assemblies
New four-nation initiative aimed at sharing innovation and good practice in Adult Social Care
British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Workers Union (SWU) re-sign new Co-operation Agreement
John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Ruth Allen, BASW Chief Executive signed a new, formal co-operation agreement between the two organisations in London on Thursday 10th June. The new Co-...
Independent Review of Children's Social Care - Oversimplification of the role of social workers and negative government narrative of social worker engagement with children and families
Andy Gill, BASW England Chair and Maris Stratulis, BASW England National Director comment on the Sunday Times article