Urgent reform is needed to maximise people’s potential for independence and self-determination, living the lives they want and are entitled to live
BASW comment on the Join Select Committee for Human Rights report calling for an overhaul of inspections and changes to the Mental Health Act to protect autistic adults and people with learning...
Social Work England
Social Work England will officially become the new regulator of all social workers in England on Monday 2nd December. Find out what this means for you.
Introducing Meryl Williams – BASW Cymru’s new Professional Officer
I have recently taken up the post of part-time Professional Officer with BASW Cymru and am really excited about the prospect of getting to know BASW members and looking at ways that we can support you
BASW England social work conference 2019 review
Over 350 social workers, NQSWs and social work students attended BASW England’s social work conference in Leeds last week.
BASW Cymru social work survey: Social Workers Identity in Wales
In order to best improve the working conditions of social workers, BASW Cymru want as many perspectives as possible in to what Professional Identity in social work means to you
BASW Cymru response to Plaid Cymru Care Commission report
Wales is in need of a drastically improved social care service. Our nation is facing the serious issue of being unable to meet everybody’s need for adequate social care.
BASW comments on the Essex lorry deaths
We need an open and honest conversation following the tragic Essex lorry deaths
Consultation on Independent Child Trafficking Guardians
The Scottish Government is consulting on the implementation of Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: the appointment and role of child trafficking guardians.
Justice Committee seeking views on family breakdown plans
The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee is to put new proposals on managing disputes over children when families break down under the microscope...
Fund for charities and third sector to support people accessing benefits
The Scottish Government has announced a new 'Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund'...
Independent review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act
Share your views on Stage 3 of the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act.
BASW would like to hear your views and experiences of civil participation
BASW would like to hear your views and experiences of civil participation – the involvement of people, communities, people that use services, employers with government policy and to shape services.
BASW NI Committee Vacancies
An exciting opportunity has arisen for four BASW NI member positions on the Northern Ireland National Standing Committee (NSC), including the role of Chair.
If Brexit really does mean Brexit, we deserve answers
Our Communications & Policy Officer, Emily Galloway, writes about the importance of evidence informing planning post-Brexit - and how a Private Members Bill could help make that happen for health...
BASW responds to Queen’s Speech
Today’s Queen Speech highlighted a raft of legislation for the year ahead, with some key announcements on social work.
BASW and SCIE launch Digital Capabilities for social workers report
Social work practice and the needs of people who use services should drive the development and use of digital technology, concludes a new report published today by the Social Care Institute for...
A social approach to suicide
BASW CEO Ruth Allen reflects on the state of mental health and social policies in the UK and argues for the pressing need to shift to social and relationship-based approaches and a social justice...
We need your stories on poverty!
UK social workers are being urged to share their stories of people who use their services that are experiencing poverty and/or social exclusion.
BASW responds to Advancing our Health consultation
BASW England has responded to the Department of Health & Social Care’s consultation on Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s
Social Worker of the Year 2019 nominees unveiled
BASW is delighted that 15 of our members have been recognised for their outstanding work by being nominated for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019.
Chair's blog: September Council – Happy new year
BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, reports back on the latest Council meeting
Social workers using own money to buy food for service users
During Challenge Poverty Week, SASW are raising awareness of the impact of poverty on families - and the BASW Anti-Poverty Practice Guide.
BASW Adults PPEG comments on Ombudsman report
BASW England’s Adults Practice, Policy and Education (PPEG) group is pleased that the Ombudsman for Local Government and Social Care has given advice to local authorities about principles they must...
BASW England consultation on the future of adult social care
Since the government announced the plan to publish a green paper in 2017 on adult social care, BASW England has continued to develop a response. This consultation document summaries ideas and seeks...
SASW supports vote on giving children equal protection from assault
SASW supports the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, which MSPs are due to vote on on Thursday 3rd October.
Repeal of Named Person Provision
The Scottish Government has announced that the Named Person and Child's Plan Proposals will no longer go ahead as planned...
BASW consultation response to Public and Private Law Interim Reports
BASW England and SWU have completed our survey of members and formulated our response for both, the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) ‘Children Cases in the Family Court consultation’ on...
BASW consultation response to NICE Adult Carer’s Guidance
BASW England and SWU have completed our survey of members and formulated our response for the Consultation for NICE guideline on Supporting Adult Carers.
BASW Cymru statement on social worker assaulted in Bridgend
BASW Cymru deeply is deeply concerned by and condemns the news of violence towards a social worker by a client in Bridgend. Social worker Gail Cotten was assaulted in the car park of the Bridgend...
Becky Salter on the life of a student social worker and being a BASW member
BASW Cymru met with student social worker and BASW member Becky Salter to discuss her experiences so far and about being a BASW member. Becky previously had a career in children’s services as a...
Launch of Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Autistic Adults
BASW launches the Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Autistic Adults
BASW Cymru Blog - National Director
There have been a couple of events in recent weeks that have sharpened (my already sharp) focus on the identity of social workers in Wales and how the profession communicates this
Mental Capacity Act
BASW NI took the opportunity to respond to the Department of Health’s targeted consultation on the Review Tribunal Rules Amendments to facilitate the implementation of DOLS under the new Mental...
BASW at Labour and Lib Dem party conferences
This year, BASW's fringe events at both the Labour and Liberal Democrats’ party-political conferences have yielded a growing recognition among party members of all stripes that social workers...
Social Workers call for action to avert welfare reform catastrophe
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) has written to the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland and Work and Pensions calling for the Government to avoid damaging...
Voices of Social Work Through the Troubles
We are offering free two-hour workshops, across Northern Ireland, to share the ground-breaking BASW commissioned research into the experiences of social workers who practiced during the four decades...
Tackling Violence Taskforce
This followed the publication of the BASW NI report “Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers” in June of the same year. The remit has...
Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and BASW issue joint statement about implications of Brexit
IFSW Europe executive and all social work associations urged to write to British government to recognise and mitigate risks of Brexit to the profession and social work services.
BASW supports Global Climate Strike
Today, on the beginning of the Global Climate Strike protests, BASW has launched its Sustainability Statement to outline our plans as an organisation to tackle climate crisis.
Austerity Action Group – Marches On
Born out of the Boot Out Austerity Group, AAG is marching on, tackling the same crucial strands in society – poverty and inequality – that continue to negatively affect people who use social services.
Jonathan Pearce on the life of a palliative care social worker in Wales
BASW Cymru met with social worker and 20 year BASW member Jonathan Pearce this week to find out what it’s like to be a palliative care social worker in Wales.
SASW Blog: Update from National Director
Read the first blog post from our National Director, Alistair Brown, who updates members on our work over the last year.
SASW response to Programme for Government 2019-2020
Find out more about our three focus areas within the Programme for Government.
Professional Indemnity Insurance – make sure you’re protected
Social workers attending training to prepare them to practice under the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 are being informed they will need to secure professional indemnity insurance.
Statement from IFSW on social crisis in Europe
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Europe member organisations have jointly released a statement expressing concern at the growing social crisis in Europe.
Social workers welcome MPs’ call for extension of welfare reform mitigation
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) warmly welcomes a report produced by two influential Westminster committees which recommends extending, for a further four years,...
University of Edinburgh Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme
Opportunity for social work practitioners to collaborate with academics
BASW Ipswich branch challenges local councillor
BASW Ipswich branch chair, Julia Winkless, met with Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones last week along with BASW professional officer Keri O’Riordan, to discuss the ongoing closure of children’s...
BASW statement on no deal Brexit bill and political future
With a no deal Brexit currently being debated and being subject to the outcome of a potential general election, BASW is reiterating its position against leaving the EU without a deal.
BASW launches Anti-Poverty Practice Guide
Today, BASW launches its Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Work in-front of an audience of social workers, students, health care professionals, heads of service and representatives from local...
BASW response to the fast-tracked Spending Review 2019
Today’s Spending Review from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, was an urgent opportunity for decisive government intervention to tackle the social care crisis.
SASW celebrates relationships in month long social media campaign
Throughout the month of September, the Relationships Matter campaign will feature mini-podcast interviews with previous SASW award winners and nominees
BASW comments on prorogation of parliament in September
The move to suspend parliament undermines our democracy and the rights of all citizens to have their interests represented in the House of Commons by MPs.
SASW condemn Serco evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow
The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has condemned moves by Home Office contractor Serco to evict asylum seekers and refugees from properties in Glasgow
Share your views on Social Work England consultations
Social Work England have three live consultations and BASW England would like to hear your views.
BASW statement on tragic death of social care professional
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) share sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of social care professional Belinda Rose, who was murdered Saturday 17th August,...
IFSW Europe survey on ethical principles
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Europe currently has a survey open for individuals to complete which seeks to learn the challenges and opportunities for social workers in...