Social Workers Union comes of age and BASW receives social enterprise award
BASW’s Additional General Meeting kicked off with news that the Association’s trade union arm, the Social Workers Union, has received its Certificate of Independence from the Trade Union...
MPs probe into College funding as BASW takes case to PM
Following calls from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) for an enquiry into the College of Social Work’s exclusive membership deal with Unison, the Education Select Committee will now...
BASW members back an effective and principled college
BASW members this week voted overwhelmingly to support the transfer of the Association’s £3m assets into a future unified College of Social Work, provided the body into which it will merge has the...
Adoption league tables “absurd” and “simplistic” BASW warns
BASW has described the publication of adoption league tables to identify local authorities deemed not to be adopting enough children out of care as “crude and simplistic”
New Ofsted reports: yet another call to do more with less
BASW has challenged Ofsted to focus on causes and not just effects after the children’s service inspectorate identified key practice issues surrounding the protection of vulnerable babies and young...
Government taking ‘Pontius Pilate’ approach to College funding
BASW has questioned why the government is washing its hands of serious financial questions by refusing to properly address legitimate concerns raised by social workers over the yet to be established...
Concerns about use of non social work staff for assessments
A former social work team manager based in a remote part of Scotland has written to his ex-employer raising concerns that social workers have been replaced by unqualified workers to carry out complex...
BASW Russian trip 2011 – Rolling blog
This page will be used as a rolling blog, containing contributions and updates from the BASW member’s trip to Russia, check back for regular updates.
British Journal of Social Work: Special issue 2013
The editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of applications to act as guest editor(s) for a Special Issue with a publication month of March 2013 (Volume 43, No.2).
Social workers express fears that cuts will ‘put lives at risk’
Social workers have told BASW that deep cuts to social work services are already impacting on the frontline, with almost all respondents to an online poll expressing concern at potentially tragic...
BASW warns fees cap for independent social workers is “discriminatory”
Plans to cap fees for independent social workers acting as expert witnesses are “ill-conceived and discriminatory”.
Scottish government urged to resist cuts to social work services
BASW Scotland convenor Graeme Rizza has written to the first minister Alex Salmond urging him to help safeguard social work services from Westminster spending cuts and offer the same recognition for...
Looked-after children in Wales rise by 10 per cent
The number of looked-after children in Wales has risen by 10 per cent in the last year, according to the National Statistics for Wales.
Children’s commissioner questions consistency in social work practice
Children and young people say that social workers are not always respectful and open, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has said in its submission to the College for of Social...
BASW contributes to Scottish euthanasia debate
BASW Scotland leaders appear to have secured a notable concession from MSPs considering legislation that would allow people to ask a doctor to help them end their life.
BASW to strengthen backing for independent workers
BASW assistant chief executive Phil James re-affirmed the Association’s commitment to independent social work by announcing further investment in ISW members at their conference on Saturday
TV plan to showcase social work
The co-director of a community cohesion and empowerment organisation has pledged to make a television programme that promotes social workers and showcases real social work. Peaches Cadogan, co-...
Independent social work’s big future
A book to guide independent social workers through recessionary times was launched by BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson at the independent’s conference in September. Commenting on the launch of the...
High level support for regulator to recognise social work in its name
The body which will take on responsibilities from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after its planned abolition in 2012 should have social work reflected in its name, according to Moira Gibb,...
CWDC £1.5m fund boosts children’s sector skills
The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is making £1.5 million available to help children’s social care employers through their Increasing Skills in Social Care Fund.
Former Haringey director says social care driven by fear
The former director of children’s services at Haringey Council has told MPs that the sector has become “motivated by fear” in the wake of the death of Peter Connelly.
BASW is coming to a workplace near you
BASW Scotland is about to begin the autumn tour of social work offices across the country and is keen to secure as many invitations as possible from members to speak directly with you where you work.
BASW teams up with new ITV breakfast show
BASW is teaming up with ITV’s new flagship breakfast programme, Daybreak, which launched today, to undertake a major survey of social workers, timed to coincide with the publication of professor...
Strategic approach needed to Travellers
A strategic plan should be developed for addressing the health needs of travellers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, according to the All Ireland Traveller Health Study published...
Fears over cap on overseas social work recruitment
Social work and service users in the UK have benefited significantly from immigration, BASW has told the government in response to its plans to put a cap on the import of workers from outside of the...
BASW presses local authority chiefs to spare social work from spending cuts
BASW has this week written to every local authority in England urging council leaders to spare frontline social work services from spending cuts.
BASW’s concern at social work regulation plans
BASW has voiced concerns that the government is pressing ahead with its plans to transfer the regulation of social work in England to the Health Professions Council (HPC) without its involvement.
‘Grand coalition’ needed to raise Scottish care standards
All Scottish political parties should put aside their differences and form a ‘grand coalition’ to improve outcomes for looked-after children, according to leading children’s charity Aberlour Child...
BASW says proposed end of life law lacks safeguards
BASW Scotland has raised concerns that proposed legislation that would allow people to request an assisted death lacks safeguards.
Share your views on the impact of overseas social workers
BASW has been asked to submit a report to a Home Affairs Select Committee consultation process that is examining government plans for capping immigration to the UK, potentially affecting the...
College of Social Work consultation events during September
The College Development Group, of which BASW is an active member, is holding a series of consultation events during September, as efforts continue to define the future purpose and functions of The...
Social worker removed from register after paying for sex
A social worker has been removed from the social care register for paying for the services of a sex worker.
Social workers embrace digital technology
Social workers are increasingly embracing digital technology to find families for children, according to a leading adoption and fostering organisation which has reported a sharp rise in the numbers...
Caseload pressures on social workers revealed
Four in 10 social workers feel they have an unmanageable caseload, according to research by specialist social work recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel. Two thirds of practitioners who responded...
Social workers urged to define doctors’ role in child protection
The General Medical Council is calling on social workers and other professionals for evidence about doctors’ roles and responsibilities in child protection.
BASW condemns “scandal” of unsupported child protection workers
BASW has today slammed the current situation in child protection as a national scandal in the Association’s submission to Professor Munro’s independent review of child protection.
Care system struggles as numbers of vulnerable children rise
The care system is under extreme pressure and is struggling to cope with the numbers of children needing foster placements, according to a report published this week by the Fostering Network. Since...
Introduction to Advocacy course
BASW members can receive a 10% discount on an Introduction to Advocacy training day being hosted by Voice, the latest organisation to sign up to the Association’s 5 Star social work employer scheme.
Early intervention commission announced by government
The government has announced an independent commission into early intervention to ensure that children with multiple disadvantages get the best start in life. Children’s minister Sarah Teather and...
Care Council for Wales to reflect after GSCC abolition
The social work regulator in Wales is to reflect on its future role following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is to be abolished.
NISCC seeking urgent talks following GSCC abolition plan
The social work regulator in Northern Ireland is to hold talks with political leaders following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is...
Government calls time on the ASBO
Home secretary Theresa May has launched a review of anti-social behavior powers available to the police saying: “It is time to move beyond the ASBO”.
Scottish regulator unmoved by abolition of GSCC
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has said it will be business as usual for regulation in Scotland, despite the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council...
BASW dismisses Ofsted social work findings as “absurd”
An Ofsted survey of social workers that shows they feel well-supported in their jobs has been dismissed by BASW as “absurd, ridiculous and out of touch with reality”.
BASW backs Khyra Ishaq review and urges investment in social work to minimise risk of future tragedies
BASW has responded to the full publication of the Serious Case Review into the tragic death of Khyra Ishaq by urging others to join social work in learning lessons from the case. The SCR revealed...
BASW responds to planned abolition of GSCC
BASW has responded to the Westminster government’s surprise decision to abolish the General Social Care Council and fold its regulatory work into a wider healthcare body, by insisting that the new...
Harassment of own family results in GSCC admonishment
A social worker who threatened to kill his wife and children has been admonished by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Minister promises to limit child protection reform
Children’s services will not be radically reformed by the new government, the children’s minister has confirmed.
Low take-up sparks fears over liberty safeguards
Mental health organisations are calling for an urgent investigation into why safeguards introduced in England and Wales to prevent people who lack capacity being detained unnecessarily in care homes...
Teenagers get raw deal from child protection
Teenagers are often poorly served by the child protection system because they are mistakenly seen as more resilient than other children or better dealt with by another service.
Safeguarding services in Birmingham remain inadequate
Safeguarding services in Birmingham Council have been graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in an inspection report.
Welsh regulator seeks views on conduct system
Social workers in Wales are being asked to contribute views on how the Care Council for Wales (CCW) can improve its handling of conduct cases. The regulator announced this week that it is looking at...
BASW calls on government to outline direction of social work
BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has written to education secretary Michael Gove urging him to set out his plans for social work. In a letter sent this week, Mr Dawson notes that the Department for...
BASW calls for urgent MoJ meeting over fee capping
BASW has called for an urgent meeting with the Ministry of Justice to discuss the role of independent social work (ISW) in the family courts, as the prospect of a sharp cut in ISW expert witness fees...
Unison deal would sacrifice College independence
BASW has warned that the College of Social Work could become dominated by trade union interests if it links up with Unison to offer joint membership to social workers.
Government scraps ICT plans to save £15m
Education secretary Michael Gove has this week written to directors of children’s services informing them that the £15 million plans to improve ICT systems have been scrapped.
BASW membership likely to mean automatic College membership too
BASW and the development group working to establish the College of Social Work have reached agreement in principle on a deal that would see BASW members automatically becoming members of the College...
BASW reveals College convergence plan
BASW is considering a plan to move towards convergence with the College of Social Work, following discussions last week. BASW’s UK Council agreed last week to present convergence proposals to the...