BASW 2025 new vision and mission – please share your views
Take a look at our vision and mission statements and give your reactions with any comments you would like. Your feedback is invaluable.
BASW weekly vlog
Ruth Allen CEO is joined by Narinder Sidhu and Hari Sewell in discussion on the role of social work and BASW in tackling inequality and injustice
Shielding in Wales
BASW Cymru join with partners to call for clarity of information for the most at risk groups
SWU Blog: Funding for AAG group secured for another year
SWU is delighted that our funding of the Austerity Action group will continue for another 12 months. Carol Reid of the Austerity Action Group shares a service-user perspective on Covid19.
BASW Statement: George Floyd
BASW is shocked and disturbed by the death of George Floyd. BASW wholly condemns his murder and the frightening circumstances that led to it. BASW fully stands in solidarity with the whole black...
Send Happy Birthday to BASW!
Please send us a few seconds of film of your birthday wishes for BASW’s 50th - or a still picture of you with a birthday message.
BASW Statement on the latest evidence of Covid-19 in care homes
We will continue to press this loudly and urgently, and to build alliances in doing this, so that the dignity and human rights of all adults in our society is upheld.
BASW vlog update
The first of a series of vlogs with BASW CEO Ruth Allen over the next month exploring our history, our present and our future as part of BASW’s 50th birthday celebrations in June.
Social workers could be overwhelmed when children return to school
Increased referrals will put services under pressure
Sad loss of social worker to Covid-19
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is deeply saddened to hear news of the loss of a social worker to coronavirus.
BASW Cymru responds to Letter from Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
BASW Cymru welcomes this response from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services to some of the concerns we have raised on behalf of our membership in Wales. The response however, does not...
SWU blog: Concern for reduction in social work referrals
Social Workers Union discussions with social workers are worrying showing fewer referrals regarding concerns around child protection and domestic violence since the onset of lockdown.
BASW vlog update
BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska joins BASW CEO Ruth Allen for Ruth's latest vlog update...
BASW Statement: Government Abandons Health Surcharge.
BASW was one of many organisations objecting to this and welcomes change of plan
BASW England want to hear from members and social workers about your experiences of new Care Act easements
Pete Feldon, Chair of the BASW England Adults social work group provides an update and sets out the importance of your feedback.
SWU Blog: It is vital that unions work together
Once more SWU has attempted to work with UNISON, this time on a joint statement about the importance of sufficient social work funding post Covid-19
Covid-19: impact on children and young people’s mental health
BASW joins 30 organisations to write to the Government to tell them to limit the long-term impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health
The points-based immigration proposals are a concern for the future availability of social workers and our hugely valued, skilled care colleagues
BASW responds as the Government re-introduces the new Immigration Bill to Parliament
The Social Workers Union (SWU) share some practicable ideas to help Social Workers manage anxieties, worry and stress over this difficult period
Part of Mental Health Awareness Week
BASW supports international partners in battle against Covid-19
BASW commits £30,000 to support international social work partners in the fight against Covid 19
Thinking about adoption in a pandemic: Why we need to be concerned about S1 445
Blog by Professor Brid Featherstone (University of Huddersfield) and Professor Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway University of London)
BASW Cymru calls for testing for social workers entering care homes
BASW Cymru has been in conversation with the Older People’s Commissioner for last couple of weeks about the appalling number of deaths in care settings. We have also shared our concerns about the...
BASW statement on social worker Covid-19 deaths
Official figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed the deaths of ten social workers, and an additional two social services managers, involved Covid-19 between 9 March...
Reforms to Unregulated Provision for Children in Care and Care Leavers Survey
The Department of Education is seeking views on proposed new measures to ensure that the use of independent and semi-independent provision (commonly known as unregulated provision) provides the right...
BASW Statement: Domestic Abuse and Covid-19
Lock-down and social distancing have shown to have the potential to exacerbate domestic abuse and situations which were already high risk.
‘No public health without social health’
We have now received responses to letters sent to both Clara Swinson (Director General for Public and Global Health and DHSC) and Yvonne Doyle (Medical Director for Public Health England).
Welsh Government issues formal guidance on Adult Social Services during the Covid-19 pandemic
The guidance outlines how Local Authorities in Wales should put into practice the ‘modifications’ to Adult Social Care duties under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act)...
A message from our new Chair, Jude Currie
New Scotland Committee Chair, Jude Currie, shares what social work means to her and what she wants to achieve in her new role.
SWU Blog: Please join SWU and donate to the SWBT
It is no coincidence that recent applications from social workers to the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust (SWBT) have significantly increased over the last 7 weeks due to the financial impact of the...
BASW England Virtual Celebration/Disco Survey
Give us your views on a potential celebration for Students and NQSW and Social Workers
Lockdown exit plans should put safety, fairness and human rights first
BASW responds to the Westminster Government’s announcement to ease some lockdown measures.
Social Workers brief MLAs on COVID-19 Challenges
Representatives from the British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) have provided evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Health Committee on the key issues impacting social...
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Week 5 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19
SWU Blog: John McGowan looks at what lies ahead for social work
‘Imposing another age of austerity after the coronavirus crisis will have a profound impact on societies most vulnerable people’ suggests John McGowan, General Secretary, Social Workers Union (SWU...
Public Health England responds to BASW England and ongoing concerns for social work and wider health and care workforce during Covid-19
BASW England highlight the ongoing concerns being raised by social workers including shortage of PPE and ask for clearer understanding of people's vulnerability to Covid-19 including why BAME...
Ethical Challenges for Social Workers During COVID-19
Invitation to participate in research by the International Federation of Social Workers and an international social work ethics research group
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Week 4 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19
BASW Cymru response to £500 payment for social care
BASW Cymru welcomes the First Minister’s announcement that social care workers in Wales will receive a £500 payment in recognition of the essential work undertaken by this “under-valued and...
BASW guidance for Covid-19
These documents are live in response to the pandemic and we want to hear from members to help us shape them too - please do contact us to share your feedback or comments on the guidance.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group: seeking BASW members to join
Your voice matters and we are keen to hear from individuals who are passionate and have experience in this area.
"Eventually, the abuse got too much and I was able to escape my partner"
We asked domestic abuse survivors what they would like to see social work doing more of, as part of the launch of our domestic abuse practice guidance.
BASW England urges government to withdraw statutory instrument which ‘risks the welfare and rights of children’
The welfare and safeguarding of children is undermined by The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
BASW Statement: Care Homes, Personal Assistants and Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on residents and staff who live and work in care homes, resulting in a significant number of deaths of the elderly and care staff.
BASW Cymru and SWU open letter to Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services
BASW Cymru and SWU call for support for the social work workforce in Wales
Upholding Human Rights during Covid-19
Social work is a human rights profession. Social workers’ ethics and purpose is grounded in upholding human rights. This is no different during times of crisis. In fact, during complex and uncertain...
An update from BASW Cymru's National Director, Allison Hulmes
BASW Cymru's National Director gives an update on the work BASW Cymru has been doing during the Covid-19 crisis...
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Ruth Allen provides a video update of the ongoing work of BASW throughout Covid-19
BASW policy brief on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Poliy brief on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 which were published on Thursday 23 April and came into force on Friday 24 April.
BASW and SWU will today join the remembrance of health and social care workers who have lost their lives during COVID-19
Every year on April 28th, all around the globe the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Open letter calls for austerity policies to be rolled back as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Austerity Action Group, consisting of social workers and people with direct experience of using services, open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for decade long austerity policies to be...
Domestic Abuse and Child Welfare: A Practice Guide for Social Workers
This guide aims to support social workers in Scotland to respond effectively to domestic abuse, with a particular focus on situations where children are involved.
BASW deeply sad over loss of another social worker to COVID-19
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of social worker, Muhammad Islam, to COVID-19.
BASW England responds to BBC article on vulnerable children not attending schools
News reports on national data published today from the Department of Education shows that only 5% of children identified as in need or at risk of harm are attending the school places kept open for...
BASW's thank you to social workers and all key workers
BASW has developed a poster to share, download and display to recognise the vital work of social workers during the pandemic.
Support for families in the Perinatal Period in the context of COVID-19
A list of helpful resources and advice for social workers working in perinatal mental health during COVID-19.
SASW welcomes new Chair and Members to National Standing Committee
SASW welcomes new Chair and committee members to National Standing Committee for 2020.
Tell us what is happening in children’s services
BASW in partnership with The Children’s Society and a number of organisations across the children’s sector launch poll to capture intelligence from frontline professionals working in children’s...
COSW highlights crisis for social work during pandemic
The Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work (COSW) participated in the first ever virtual meeting of Accredited Commonwealth Organisations on 16 April 2020.