BASW supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
This year's theme is 'Nature' and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health...
BASW England launches Homes not Hospitals campaign
The BASW England Homes not Hospitals campaign has been launched because too many people with learning disabilities and autistic adults are being failed by the housing and care system
BASW member blog: The ASYE's facing discrimination
Newly qualified social workers of colour and/or have disabilities face inequalities in their ASYE journey. I think I know why…
BASW England Manifesto gains support from policymakers
As part of BASW England's commitment to engage with politicians around social work, we created a manifesto with the six issues that we would be campaigning on over the coming year...
AMHPs can help people in debt crisis access 'Breathing Space' scheme
The scheme pauses interest and debt charges while a person is receiving mental health treatment.
SWU Chair Carys Phillips announces that John McGowan will be standing for re-election
The General Secretary is the most senior staff position within SWU and the selected candidate will play a key role in taking the union forward in the next step of our development. John McGowan will...
This Week in Westminster - Friday 30 April 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW’s Public and Political Affairs Lead, gives an overview of what's been happening in Westminster this week...
BASW welcomes High Court challenge over ‘legacy benefits’
The rollout of Universal Credit is still ongoing and not due to be completed until 2024, which means some people that are still on those legacy benefits have been £20 out of pocket compared to...
Webinar: EU Settlement Scheme for Looked After Children and Care Leavers
BASWs Head of Policy and Research Luke Geoghegan chaired a session organised by The Children’s Society and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit about children in care from the EU who need to...
BASW England publishes Manifesto for 2021/2022
BASW England has made it a priority to engage with politicians across the country
Vaccines and Testing: The reality for social workers
Find out the reality on vaccines and testing for social workers in Scotland
Covid deaths in India have passed 200,000 today.
India has seen more cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days than any other country.
Scottish Elections 2021
Find out how the main parties manifesto pledges align with the Asks in our Manifesto for social work
Celebrate SWU’s 10th Anniversary with Us
The Social Workers Union is pleased to announce plans for our upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration. Join us on June 12 – 21 for an online celebration of the history and future of SWU.
IPPR seeks members for Health and Care Workforce Assembly
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is looking for volunteers to join its Health and Care Workforce Assembly which will act as an advisory group about how crises occur in the health and...
A conversation with BASW Anti-Racism Lead Wayne Reid
We speak to Wayne about his experiences and perspectives as a Black social worker – alongside his vision for developing genuine anti-racist practice across the profession and wider society
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW comments as jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd
‘We must not become complacent- as we still have a mountain to climb to ensure we eradicate institutional, structural, and systemic racism.’
Assaults on social workers petition will get a Government response
The petition now has over 10,000 signatures.
This Week in Westminster: Friday 16 April
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
50-4-50 Challenge: Help raise vital funding for the Social Workers' Benevolent Trust
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, SWBT is delighted to launch the 50-4-50 Challenge to raise the profile of SWBT, as well as secure vital additional funding.
Government Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes
BASW would like to hear your views so that we can submit a response to the consultation from BASW membership. Please do feed your views to us by taking this short anonymous survey.
Mental Health Tribunals Scotland: The views and experiences of patients, named persons, practitioners and members project
Mental Health Tribunal Scotland are recruiting people with lived experience of tribunals as part of their ongoing project.
BASW Blog: One social worker’s extraordinary effort to protect a child from being groomed
On 17th March 2021, following a three week trial, three of five defendants [link to story] were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of child sexual exploitation offences. This important verdict...
Local Elections 2021: Messages to social workers from Mayoral candidates
BASW has approached candidates across some of the Mayoral elections in England, to seek their views and vision for social work in their respective regions.
Smacking Ban Campaign: Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – protecting adults and children from violence
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is looking forward to a virtual roundtable on April 23rd with a wide cohort of stakeholders and Parliamentarians to discuss the smacking ban campaign, next steps and...
SASW’s Week for World Social Work Month
SASW delivered events in the last week of March to celebrate World Social Work Month. See what we got up to and some of our commitments as a result of these conversations
BASW England releases new Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers
The guide was developed in collaboration with valued stakeholders including Women’s Aid, Galop, Southall Black Sisters, Sign Health, Karma Nirvana, Respect, AVA, Ann Craft Trust, Dr Michaela Rogers...
Children in care, poverty and Parliament
An update on the campaign to retain the £20 Universal Credit uplift.
BASW comments on the Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities Report March 2021
‘A government gaslighting initiative with little merit’
Mapping anti-racism activism across Social Work - get involved!
Wayne Reid, BASW Anti-Racism Lead invites social workers to share examples of anti-racism activism
The Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) Leads Network comments on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report
Focus on the section considering mental health,
A Vaccination Passport?
BASW explores the idea and possible impact of vaccine passports on social work
Social workers should feel safe at work - petition launched
BASW and SWU launch petition calling on government to add social workers to the list of professions that it is an additional offence to assault.
BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines for people in England
People in care homes resident in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12th April 2021.
SWU Blog: World Autism Awareness Week 2021
BASW England and the Social Workers Union highlight the 'Homes Not Hospitals' campaign for World Autism Awareness Week 2021. BASW England and the Autism Alliance will launch a suite of...
BASW CEO Ruth Allen marks the end of World Social Work Month
Vlog by CEO Ruth Allen: Celebrating world social work day and a month of activities throughout March 2021
COVID testing for all Front Line Social Workers
Message from the Pandemic Delivery Response Lead, Adult Social Care, Directorate for Social Care and Mental Health, Scottish Government Routine asymptomatic Covid testing for all Front Line Social...
New staff join BASW as organisation steps up commitment to anti-racism and wider equality, diversity and inclusion action
Together, they will work collaboratively with members and colleagues to support the delivery of BASW’s equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy - alongside exploring how anti-oppressive and...
SWU Blog: International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021
International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is an annual event observed around the world on March 31. SWU Stands in solidarity with SWU and BASW trans and non-binary members and their right to...
More than 50% of children in care who are EU nationals yet to register for EUSS
There is a risk that many children and young people across the UK will find themselves to have no legal status in the UK as of 1st July.
Social Workers Union and Bath Spa University begin new research on reflective supervision best practices
It is well known that one of the best support mechanisms for the psychological wellbeing of social workers is support from both peers and managers. Over the last three years SWU, BASW, and Dr...
This Week in Westminster - Friday 26 March 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
BASW England raise further deep concerns on how the Review of Children’s Social Care will be conducted.
Contract shared for the Secretary of State for Education review of the children’s social care sector
BASW is part of a new UK Centre named ‘IMPACT’ which has secured £15 million to help improve Adult Social Care
New UK partnership to improve Adult Social Care
Welsh Government statement: Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill
Jane Hutt MS, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Welsh Government has released a statement setting out some key concerns.
Asylum and Age Determination: Proposed Government Changes
The Home Secretary has today announced proposals for profound changes to the law and guidance in relation to asylum law and age determination
Appeal dismissed on rates of pay for night time care
The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by trade union UNISON in respect of rates of pay for night time care.
Talk to SWU: workplace issues webinar on 31 March 2021
All UK social workers are invited to attend this free online Talk to SWU session, regardless of membership. The webinar is set up so that questions can be asked anonymously.
SASW writes to Universities and Social Work Employers on Anti-Racist Social Work Practice
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, SASW have written to Universities and Social Work Employers on the issue of anti-racist social work practice
Maris Stratulis reflects on BASW England-led week of World Social Work Month 2021
BASW England’s Maris Stratulis reflects on week 3 of World Social Work Month and pays tribute to social workers across England, the UK and the world – before looking ahead to next week of #WSWmonth...
BASW England response to revised Covid-19 testing guidance for Professional Visitors and care home providers in England
The guidance will take effect from 22 March 2021.
SWU Blog: UN Anti-Racism Day 2021
20 March 2021 is UN Anti-Racism Day, organised by Stand Up To Racism and the TUC. The Social Workers Union (SWU) supports this international day of action to unite against racism, antisemitism, anti-...
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW Cymru responds to the recognition payment for social workers in Wales
We are really pleased that Welsh Government has responded positively to our call that social workers should be paid a recognition payment for their service during the last year. Social workers have...
Gender-based violence: Enough is enough
As social workers, we must do better, not only to protect our female-majority workforce, but also to champion the rights of the women and girls we support