National Care Service Policy Panel Meetings
The Scottish Government is hosting a series of online monthly policy panel meetings for social workers on the proposals for a National Care Service. These discussions are specifically for social...
BASW Cymru publishes report on Hospital Discharge and its' Impact on Patient Flow through Hospitals
Download the report now
SWU Campaign Fund update: Rampant food insecurity hitting most vulnerable
The Food Is Care campaign group's unique survey shows how widespread food poverty is in the UK. The group asks professional bodies to view this as an opportunity to centrally locate food...
BASW blog: 'LGBTQ+ people are not deviants'
Dr. Paul Shuttleworth writes a powerful personal reflection to mark LGBTQ+ History Month
"Imperative" that social workers are exempt from car parking levy
Local authorities in Scotland will soon have powers to impose parking charges with no upper limit on workplaces. Only NHS properties, GP surgeries, hospices and blue badge holders will be exempt from...
BASW England releases new resource for children and families social workers
The 'scoping review' document is more necessary than ever to help guide busy social workers to instigate both individual and societal change...
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... The First Minister provided her weekly coronavirus statement to parliament on Tuesday, where she highlighted that Scotland is through the worst wave...
SWU Blog: Intersectionality is a valuable tool for Social Work Practice
Considering each service user’s combination of identities helps social workers to better understand the people they are supporting.
Consultation on the mental health workforce plan for health and social care
A consultation on the key actions which will form the foundations of the multi-professional mental health workforce plan for health and social care in Wales is now open and would value your input....
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... The week began with the publication of the criminal justice social work statistics for 2020-21. On the back of this publication, the Justice Secretary...
Workforce wellbeing fund for adult social work and social care opens
A new fund to improve staff wellbeing for those working in adult social work and social care has opened. Applications are being welcomed from support staff working across the public, private and...
Wellbeing and living with covid protections measures consultation
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on people's experiences of coronavirus protection measures. Various measures have been introduced throughout the pandemic to keep people safe and...
SWU Campaign Fund update: Welsh Government pledges action on bursaries following student campaign
Social work students in Wales are celebrating after a successful campaign to improve bursaries. The MASW Social Work Bursary Campaign was supported through the SWU Campaign Fund.
SASW responds to proposed changes to cross border placements
The Scottish Government is proposing the removal of legal hurdles for cross-border placements of children by English councils. SASW believes that cross border placements are not in any way an ideal...
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-up
On Tuesday, the First Minister outlined to parliament some further easing of Scotland’s covid restrictions. The following changes will come into effect: -Hybrid working is allowed from 31 January -...
SWU Blog: “Unmanageable” social work caseloads putting vulnerable at risk
Results of SWU’s survey for LBC Radio starkly reflect the pressures our members are presently under.
Share your views: Social Work England consultation on electronic communication and remote hearing
SWU, BASW Advice and Representation Service and BASW England want to hear your views on amendments proposed by Social Work England to rules on electronic communication and remote hearings.
Working Conditions and Wellbeing survey: Share your views & experiences
New survey from SWU/BASW/Bath Spa University
BASW blog: 'Part 4 of the Police Bill... Echoes of the Porrajmos?'
We are sleepwalking into a human rights catastrophe, say GRTSW Association's Allison Hulmes, Mairtain Moloney-Neachtain and Dr Dan Allen...
This Week in Westminster - Wednesday 26 January 2022
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
BASW blog: 'Antisemitism is still here, it’s on the rise, and it’s up to all of us to fight it'
Paul Shuttleworth, BASW England Professional Officer, writes a powerful and moving personal reflection on the rise of antisemitism in recent years
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... On Tuesday, the First Minister gave an update to parliament on the Covid-19 situation where she stated that the country has “turned the corner on the...
Wales Coalition statement following the vote against Part 4 of the Police Bill
Campaigners welcome the Senedd’s vote against Part 4 of the Police Bill – Wales Does Not Consent!
Scottish Parliament holds inaugural meeting of the Cross-Party Group on Social Work
The newly formed Cross-Party Group on Social Work held its first meeting on Wednesday 19th January between MSPs and members and stakeholders of the social work profession.
BASW UK welcomes JCHR report on Age Assessments
Government proposals will put unaccompanied asylum-seeking children at risk if they are wrongly assessed to be over 18.
BASW Cymru's Briefing for Senedd Members on Part 4 of the Police Bill
Labour Lords vote against Police Bill measures after BASW UK intervention
Last week we wrote to the Shadow Home Secretary and Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, outlining our opposition to the Government proposals
Police Bill: BASW UK and SWU urge Labour Party to defend right to protest
BASW UK and SWU raise serious concerns over Part 3 of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which gives police forces more power to place restrictions on protests and public assembly.
World Social Work Day 2022: BASW to host programme of activities throughout March
Every year BASW UK is proud to stand together with social workers across the world to mark World Social Work Day, which this year is on Tuesday 15 March.
SWU survey for LBC Radio on the pressures experienced by social workers
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is conducting a survey of its members in conjunction with LBC Radio to highlight the pressures facing staff in social work and the changes that may be needed to address...
BASW student ambassador scheme: Apply now!
BSAs ensure BASW is hearing the voice of students, whilst also acting as a conduit for students to get a better understanding of how BASW is supporting people who have chosen to qualify as social...
"Wishing SASW members, all social workers and those we support a peaceful and joyous festive time. You continue to do great work in extraordinary times."
A festive message from SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge
Trauma Informed Social Work Services Expert Advisory Group
Social workers wanted for new trauma informed social work services expert advisory group
Nominations now open for SASW MHO of the Year
Nominations have opened for SASW's MHO of the Year Award...
Police Bill: BASW UK receives response from Home Office on unauthorised encampments guidance
The draft guidance further discriminates against Gypsy and Traveller communities, with it telling police to avoid ‘gold-plating’ the human rights of those using unauthorised encampments.
SWU is proud to be a member of the first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Work
The purpose of the new CPG on Social Work is to promote understanding of the complexities of the social work profession, bring together its voice, and positively raise its profile.
SWU: There will be Social Workers working hard over the festive period
John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Carys Phillips, SWU Chair share festive wishes to all
Take a moment to be proud of all you have done
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO and Gerry Nosowska, BASW Chair share reflections as the year draws to an end
Ethical questions for social workers when services are not able to cope with demand
BASW is providing guidance for Social Workers during Covid-19, which has been recently updated to reflect the current situation.
The Social Workers Union presents SWU Ambassador Award to Emma Lewell-Buck
SWU honours Emma Lewell-Buck MP for her tireless advocacy for social work and the people who use its services.
A message from the BASW Cymru team
The team in BASW Cymru want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful festive period, one we hope you are able to spend with family and loved ones. Many of you will be on duty at this...
Care Review: BASW England 'Call for Ideas' submission
BASW England has been strongly encouraging members to share their views - and we've also put together our own submission, which you can read here...
Findings of Significant Case Learning Review on "Child H" published
Read the recommendations of a Significant Case Learning Review on 'neglect and potential harm' of 4 year old child in South and East Ayrshire...
Star Hobson case: BASW speaks to media
We spoke to Sky News, Channel 4 News and BBC Look North about Star Hobson's murder and the pressures on frontline social workers...
This Week in Westminster - 15 December 2021
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides the last Westminster update of 2021.
BASW responds to the murder of Star Hobson
BASW England wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and those affected by the horrific murder of Star Hobson.
Call out for memories of Downham, Lewisham…
The development of community mental health and support services including the Northover Centre in Downham, Lewisham, London: do you, family or friends have memories to share?
Human rights of Romani and Traveller communities under threat as Police Bill goes through House of Lords
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK will face further discrimination as a result of the measures and guidance in the Bill.
BASW statement on Covid-19 vaccination and Omicron variant
BASW is concerned to hear about the problems with online booking systems for vaccines and Covid-19
BJSW Editor’s Choice vlog: in conversation with Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding
BJSW co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic speaks to Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding about their research into the experiences of care leavers in Australia.
BASW Cymru continues to support the student bursary campaign
The MASW Bursary Campaign have written to the Ministers for Health & Social Service and Education calling for a create a greater parity of esteem between health and social care and to remove...
#WhyICare: Social workers on the importance of engaging with the Review of Children's Social Care in England
The Review has been called a "once in a generation" opportunity to shape the future of children's social care...