MP report says not enough is being done to tackle current child sexual abuse concerns
The Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group has issued six recommendations for the prevention of child sexual abuse and better support for victims. The group highlights concerns that, despite...
Accepting 'risk' is part of personalisation, says Chief Social Worker for Adults
Personalisation means social workers must respect the right of individuals to live with risk in their lives, England’s Chief Social Worker for Adults said.
BASW: Panorama shocking but there is a lot of good practice in the sector
As an undercover investigation for BBC Panorama revealed abuse and neglect at two separate care homes in different parts of the country, BASW has commented that the sector is not in a “good place”...
Survey of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) spring 2014
Following on from a survey to our members last year, the BASW England Professional Development group conducted a further survey to see if the situation had changed one year on. Last year there was...
Prof Nick Frost - Focus on failure rather than successes is unfair
Social workers must challenge the “discourse of failure” upon which the profession is judged and instead celebrate the “heroic professionals” trying to change lives, a child protection head said.
Social workers are the solution, not the problem: chief social worker
England’s Chief Social Worker for Children called for social workers to have a “new relationship” with local authorities that recognises their skills rather than just holding them to account.
England report - May 2014
Increase in membership: England membership continues to increase – notably we have seen growth in student membership, members in full-time employment and those working independently. The annual...
SASW report – May 2014
SASW's monthly report of events, activities and developments in social work in Scotland
BASW pledge to work with CQC to address lack of places of safety for mentally unwell young people
BASW has pledged its commitment to working with CQC to address the problem of a national shortage of ‘places of safety’ where young people who experience episodes of mental ill health in public...
BASW Cymru Adroddiad - Mai 2014/BASW Wales report - May 2014
Bu BASW Cymru yn bresennol yng nghynadleddau gwleidyddol y pedwar prif bleidiau gwleidyddol yng Nghymru a, gyda’n cydweithwyr mewn partneriaeth o Glymblaid Ail-alluogi Cymru, buom yn lobio’r...
Have your say on Northern Ireland's draft Mental Capacity Bill
Invitation for NIASW members to participate in the consultation on the draft Mental Capacity Bill
A new website to help professionals and those who work with children to gain knowledge and understanding of children and young peoples mental health needs
MindEd is a new website which was launched in London on 24th March 2014. The conference was attended by Dr. Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner and Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and...
BASW – NSPCC report shows need for ‘re-think’ on preventative social work
As the NSPCC releases its annual How safe are our children? report showing that strained frontline social work teams are struggling to provide anything other than an ‘emergency service’, BASW has...
BASW welcomes Birmingham report but warns against imposing another year of instability
Responding to Julian Le Grand’s report to the Secretary of State for Education on ways forward for children’s social care services in Birmingham, Bridget Robb, Chief Executive of the British...
NIASW report - April 2014
NIASW continues to develop its relationship with the Irish Association of Social Work (IASW). The Mental Health Conference, a joint venture between IASW and NIASW that has taken place for many...
Full coverage of Scotland's Social Services Expo PLUS SASW's Annual Social Work Awards
Coverage of the Social Services Expo & Conference, plus the SASW Awards, held in Edinburgh on 18 March
Full coverage of BASW England's World Social Work Day event, including the Care Bill and how to stay calm amidst cuts 'pandemonium'
Coverage of BASW England's World Social Work Day event in Birmingham, held on 19 March
NIASW's World Social Work Day coverage in full, including lessons in empathy and learning from The Troubles
NIASW's World Social Work Day event, staged at the Titanic Belfast on 20 March 2014
BASW: Coventry's Ofsted findings are part of a national picture
Commenting on today's Ofsted report describing the effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Coventry as 'inadequate', following the tragic death of Daniel Pelka in 2012, BASW Chief...
Concern at "disconnect" between training and social work practice
Newly qualified social workers who are already working in a team or did their placement in a team they go on to work in tend to fare much better than those taking up brand new posts, a SASW workshop...
Councils need to join social media revolution, Scottish Expo told
Local authorities should get up to date and allow their employees to take advantage of the social media tools available, a session at Scotland’s Social Services Expo heard.
NIASW World Social Work Day: “Let us celebrate our diversity but let us not be divided”
The statistics on social work in Northern Ireland show its scope and diversity, an issue that is often underestimated, said Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care and Children at the Health and...
NIASW World Social Work Day: We need to archive the stories of social work as a legacy for the future
The importance of working together with service users to tell both good and bad stories of social work was a key theme of NIASW’s World Social Work Day conference at Titanic Belfast.
NIASW World Social Work Day: Northern Ireland a world leader on learning from trauma
Northern Ireland’s unique role in teaching other countries about reconciliation and healing trauma was praised by secretary-general of the International Federation of Social Workers Rory Truell.
NIASW World Social Work Day: ‘Real people’ teach student social workers empathy
Despite the well-publicised investment made in Northern Ireland in recent years, attracting visitors from across the world to new attractions such as NIASW conference venue Titanic Belfast, many...
NIASW World Social Work Day: Using service users to train social workers has ‘reciprocal benefits’
NIASW World Social Work Day: Using service users to train social workers has ‘reciprocal benefits’
How the Care Bill will impact on social workers
The implications of changes to care legislation that will affect every adult in England were outlined to social workers.
Stay focused amid reform 'pandemonium' in children's services
Social workers must stay focused on being reflective, research-minded practitioners amid the “pandemonium” of Government legislation impacting on their profession.
Child soldiers, social work and communities in transition
Children forced to be soldiers during Sierra Leone’s civil war that ended a decade ago have growing into a generation of traumatised adults in need of support.
SASW report - April 2014
Social work and its ongoing development was a recurring theme over the last month. The Autism and Social Work Learning Event, which took place on 21 Feb at the University of Strathclyde,...
The full list of SASW Social Work Awards winners
The full list of SASW Social Work Awards winners, including those Highly Commended at the ceremony held in Edinburgh on 18 March 2014
Why understanding the causes of discrimination is more crucial than ever
The case for understanding the causes of discrimination is as important today than in the past when obvious forms of discrimination were more publicly acceptable, the BASW Cymru World Social Work Day...
Social workers must employ "everyday small actions of resistance" to revolt against austerity-based poor bashing
Austerity is being deliberately targeted at poorer people who depend on public services, a BASW Cymru World Social Work Day event heard.
Full coverage of BASW Cymru's World Social Work Day event
Coverage of BASW Cymru's World Social Work Day event which took place at Cardiff University on 19 March 2014
MPs back Early Day Motion recognising social work's contribution to society
This house notes World Social Work Day on 18 March; recognises social work as a global profession and commends social workers across the UK for their dedication and hard work with some of the most...
'Wobbly' comedian on why 'normal' people are the real 'freaks'
Society has got a very long way to go before it achieves equality, comedian and actress Francesca Martinez told delegates at Social Services Expo in Edinburgh.
Scotland awards recognise outstanding social worker achievements
The outstanding achievement of three social workers was recognised when Scotland's Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell presented the SASW Social Work Awards. They were presented by Ms...
Social care losing out to Lidl in recruitment battle, Edinburgh Expo told
Recruiting social care workers in some parts of Scotland has become so difficult that many services are losing out to local supermarkets, the Social Services Expo event in Edinburgh was told. Ranald...
Plight of the eight million institutionalised children
A stark insight into the lives of the eight million children institutionalised in orphanages globally was given by a charity founded by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Put social work back in the heart of the community
The social worker's role at community level should be further developed, according to Peter Johnston of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
World Social Work Day 2014: Why Martin Narey is wrong to dismiss social justice
Social Worker Ruth Stark, former SASW manager, BASW member and member of the IFSW Human Rights Commission, gives her response to Martin Narey's review of social work education.
Independence will benefit most vulnerable, says Scottish Minister
An independent Scotland would be better able to take care of its most vulnerable people, Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell told social workers.
BASW England report - April 2014
It has been a busy time for the England Team, members and branches. Thanks to you all - by working together we achieve so much more. This report details some of that activity and hopefully will...
BASW Cymru Adroddiad - Ebrill 2014/BASW Wales report - April 2014
Bu’r digwyddiadau a’r gweithgareddau yng Nghymru yn y mis diwethaf megis corwynt o ddigwyddiadau (maddeuwch y cydweddiad â’r gwynt!) Buom yn weithredol cysylltiedig â dau ddigwyddiad i ddathlu...
BLOG: Standing up for vulnerable people – and social work – in an age of austerity
A sobering insight into how Government policies are impacting on service users was delivered at BASW Black Country Branch’s ‘Social Work in a Time of Austerity’ conference. Hugh Robertson reports on...
World Social Work Day – Social workers urged to show MEPs write stuff
Social workers are being urged to write to their local candidate MEP in the run up to the European Parliamentary elections in May asking them what they intend to do to support people suffering in the...
Guardian publishes BASW co-signed letter on fears over mental health cuts
BASW is a signatory to a letter in today’s Guardian expressing members’ concerns about reported further cuts to NHS mental health services.
House of Lords review backs BASW concerns at Mental Capacity Act implementation
A House of Lords review of the Mental Capacity Act has backed a BASW proposal for oversight of its currently “patchy” implementation to be given to a single independent body.
SASW concern at growing impact of Scottish social care cuts
SASW has expressed concerns that the impact of public spending cuts is growing, warning that “evidence is accumulating on an almost daily basis” that 2014 will be far worse than previous years.
Politicians and campaigners seize on Scottish poverty projections
The Scottish Government has launched a poverty-tackling strategy on the back of a Child Poverty Action Group report that 50,000-100,000 more children could end up below the breadline by 2020 as a...
The EU needs to step up and rescue the social pillar of Europe 2020
Yesterday the Commission published its Communication “Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, which acknowledged how far the EU is from reaching the...
NIASW Social Work Strategy Professional Reference Group
The Social Work Strategy is an exciting opportunity to improve and strengthen the social work profession in Northern Ireland. At NIASW we want to ensure that the voice and views of our members are...
Member blog: How Martin Narey is "manipulating" debate on the definition of social work
The focus of this piece by Allan Norma, a registered social worker practising at Celtic Knot, is a short extract – comprising about two thirds of a page – on page 13 of Sir Martin Narey’s recent...
Backing for Action on Elder Abuse campaign to secure adult safeguarding powers
BASW is endorsing a campaign to amend the Care Bill to provide court authorised power of access to safeguard vulnerable adults in their own homes. Campaigners want to end the situation where...
BASW: Croisdale-Appleby report combines academic rigour with deep understanding of the social work profession
BASW has praised Professor David Croisdale-Appleby’s report Re-visioning social work education: an independent review for its “academic rigour” and depth of engagement with a wide range of...
March PSW teaser - Victory for NIASW in agency pay scandal
A recruitment agency that paid qualified social workers little more than a new McDonalds recruit has been removed from a list of government-approved care staff providers in Northern Ireland. The move...
BASW Cymru calls on social workers to reassert “non-negotiable” values
Social work must reassert its “historic battle cry” of standing up for the poor at a time of conflicting professional pressures and a “disastrous squeeze on resources”.
March PSW teaser - Interview with Chief Social Worker Lyn Romeo
The creation of a Chief Social Worker for England was one of the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force. Last year, the government responded, but to the dismay of some, split the role in two...
Statement of IFSW Europe e.V. in Support of Ukrainian People Struggle for Better Future
On behalf of IFSW, Europe e.V. we want to express our support to Ukrainian people’s struggle for better future. The key role of social workers is to support people who, for whatever reason, are...