More than 100,000 lives lost to Covid
This week we have reached the heart-breaking milestone in the pandemic with 104,000 lives lost -and 63 social workers have lost their lives to Covid so far.
Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January 2021: ‘Be the light in darkness’
Dikh He Na Bister/We Will Remember
BASW NI Mentoring Service: the importance of peer support
What matters to me most after 40 years in Social Work is the importance of looking after ourselves and each other better than ever. The challenge is greater now than at any time in my working life. I...
Ethical issues and responses for social workers when services are not able to cope with demand
BASW has issued updated guidance for Social Workers during Covid-19 to reflect the current situation.
This Week in Westminster - Friday 22 January
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK, provides members with an update from Westminster
Blog: ‘Thinking and talking about BASW’s heritage prompted me to reflect on my own heritage and life in social work’
Nick Lovell, member of the BASW UK Heritage Steering Group and BASW Cymru, provides a personal reflection on how social work has been a fundamental part of his life and own heritage.
BASW Vlog: CEO Ruth Allen with BASW Vice Chair Lewis Roberts
BASW CEO Ruth Allen is joined by guest, BASW Vice Chair, Lewis Roberts
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week.
Launch of the ‘Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman and Boater (GRTSB) into Higher Education Pledge
We call out to all social work students to get behind the Pledge, ask your institutions to sign up and live the values of anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practice.
BASW writes to Home Office over new rough sleeping deportation rules
In response to the new rules, BASW UK Chief Executive Ruth Allen wrote to the Home Office raising concerns that this will demonise those people who need support.
BASW Cymru Heritage Project
This year is a celebration of 50 years as BASW and we want to celebrate this throughout the year by capturing the essence of social work in Wales.
#KeepTheLifeline: BASW mentioned in Universal Credit uplift debate
Prior to the debate, BASW wrote to every MP listed for the debate urging them to vote to extend the uplift.
Blog: Introducing the PCF, KSS and Regulatory Standards mapping guide
BASW England Professional Officer Rebekah Pierre introduces a new mapping guide to help social workers and colleagues understand how PCF, KSS and regulatory standards relate to each other.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021
Join BASW in supporting HMD by raising awareness on social media, sharing blogs or poems, or let us know how you are marking the important day.
#KeepTheLifeline: Ruth Allen CEO writes to DWP and Chancellor
Ruth Allen CEO has written to the Department of Work and Pensions and the Chancellor regarding the Government's decision to not retain the £20 Universal Credit uplift beyond April...
A message from BASW Chief Executive and Chair during this lockdown
We are hearing from social workers in different roles and from students around the country about the impact that this new lockdown is having on their morale and wellbeing.
Education Secretary launches review of children’s social care.
The voice and experiences of children and young people must be at the heart of the review
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW England and BASW Cymru response to proposed reforms to Mental Health Act
The proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act aim to provide greater choice and autonomy for patients in a mental health crisis
BASW England submits evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is examining the impact of lockdown restrictions on human rights and whether those measures only interfere with human rights to the extent that is necessary and...
BASW backs campaign to retain £20 Universal Credit uplift
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation campaign is supported by more than 80 civil society organisations, including BASW, who are all calling on the Government to extend and retain this lifeline.
New restrictions and unpaid work
Unpaid work can continue under the new Scottish Stay at Home restrictions although distancing requirements may impact the way in which services are delivered.
SASW stands by teachers and schools
SASW urges the Scottish Government to confirm that school staff are to be in the same priority for vaccination as health and social care staff and to enable local authorities and Third Sector...
BASW England response to report that thousands of vulnerable children have been sent to unregulated care homes during the pandemic
There needs to be significant, long-term investment in children and young people across the country - with support services for vulnerable children and care leavers requiring urgent resources, both...
Covid-19 and Vaccination: A BASW position statement
Social workers are a high priority for vaccination
Seasons Greeting e-Card by Harry Venning: Over £1000 raised to support homeless shelters
This winter BASW has been fundraising to support homeless shelters across the UK by encouraging members to share festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.
We need to look past the political bluster and there will be further analysis by sector experts over the coming weeks and months as the impact of this deal starts to become known.
End of year message from BASW Advice & Representation
Lien Watts, Head of BASW’s A&R Service and Assistant General Secretary at SWU, provides an update as the year comes to an end.
BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to 2021
Thank you for your bravery and commitment in working throughout such a hugely challenging year.
A statement of gratitude to BASW Cymru members
In 2021, BASW Cymru will not stop ensuring that social workers have a strong voice and are heard at the highest levels of Government, Policy and Regulation in Wales.
A Christmas message from the Social Workers Union (SWU)
Each and every one of you has come together as social workers to achieve exceptional things while looking after your families, supporting your colleagues and investing in your communities.
A 'Thank You' letter from BASW England
As 2020 draws to a close, BASW England has released a 'Thank You' letter to social workers across the country...
BASW office hours over the Christmas break
We close at 1pm on 24 December 2020 and reopen 9am on 4 January 2021
Being Homeless at Christmas
Caroline McDonald shares what its like working with a homeless family with no recourse to public funds
End of year message from Ruth Allen, BASW CEO
Throughout the last nine months I have often been in awe at the fortitude, positivity and creativity from social workers in the UK and across the world.
BASW in Westminster - Christmas edition
More doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been issued this week around the UK, and we’ll really see a ramping up of jabs being given out in January as people at the top of the priority list get...
Building Relationships at Christmas
Toyin Odenugba shares her reflections on the importance of building relationships with the people you work with as a social worker working in adult services