BASW England's Criminal Justice Group welcomes new Chair and Vice-Chair
Dr Rukhsana Farooqi and Dr Helen Woods join the BASW England Criminal Justice Group
BASW England's response to Minister for Equalities report into the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Ethnic Minority communities
The government needs to work more collaboratively, compassionately and transparently with Black and Ethnic Minority communities in order to recognise broken trust and structural inequalities
Sky News highlights BASW member poll on child protection referrals and interviews BASW England Director Maris Stratulis
Coronavirus: During lockdown, there has been a worrying rise in the number of referrals to child protection unit
BASW expresses disappointment as MPs vote against free school meals extension
We urge the government to reconsider its position and give low income families the support that they need
BASW England to sponsor annual ‘Thank You Social Workers’ event
Maris Stratulis, National Director at BASW England, reflects on the incredible collective contribution of social workers in a year defined by the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement
BASW England responds to Care Quality Commission’s annual report on the state of health and social care in England
Maris Stratulis, National Director at BASW England, comments on CQC annual report into health and social care in England
BASW England backs Children's Commissioner call for investment
BASW England echoes the Children’s Commissioner’s pledge for a significant investment in children’s services, which is critical at a time when the coronavirus is deemed the greatest threat to...
Adult Social Work: BASW England Hospital Discharge sub-group initial statement and survey
An important hospital discharge guidance document was published in March 2020 which made it possible for health and care systems to immediately introduce the discharge to assess model to support...
BASW England consultation on the future of adult social care
BASW England adult social work group responded to the Parliamentary Health & Social Care Committee Social care: funding and workforce Inquiry 30 July 2020
BASW England group statement on student bursaries
BASW England Student & NQSW set out recommendations
BASW England fully supports the calls for urgent government action to end the scandal of family homelessness.
Response to the Children’s Commissioner report on the impact of eviction and homelessness on vulnerable children.
BASW statement on DfE ‘Vulnerable children and young people survey’
The key messages from both, this Government report and our own survey highlight a lack of timely guidance for front line social workers from the outset, a reduction in new referrals of children and...
BASW England’s response to the Deaths from COVID19 (LeDeR programme)
This latest information raises serious questions over the way people with learning disabilities have been treated throughout the pandemic.
BASW England encourages members to respond to consultation on reducing bureaucracy
New Department of Health and Social Care consultation
BASW England response to the Mencap survey highlighting the impact on Carers of lockdown
BASW England welcomes the survey carried out by Mencap who surveyed 1,069 family carers of people with a learning disability to find out how they have been affected during the coronavirus lockdown by...
BASW celebrates ‘end of year’ for students with virtual disco
A virtual disco for social work students was held last weekend to celebrate the end of a year that has seen studies disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
BASW expresses pledges of support for the adult social care sector
BASW is writing to a wide range of adult social care charities, providers and other organisations across the UK, to express pledges of support for the sector.
BASW England responds to PAC report into initial Covid-19 response for social care
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report Readying the NHS and social care for the COVID-19 peak published this week makes for stark reading
Gender equity and intersectionality - BASW England blog
When I first read that women face a wait of around 257 years to achieve equal pay, I was saddened, but not surprised...a blog from Rebekah Pierre, BASW England PO
BASW England supports LGA in a call for adult social care reform
The Local Government Association has launched a campaign which sets out seven principles of reform for adult social care.
Interested in research? BASW is calling for member involvement in analysis of social work during Covid survey
BASW is asking for members to volunteer to be part of the team that oversees the analysis of the survey.
Concerns raised on government consultation - Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)
BASW England comments on open government consultation on whether emergency COVID-linked powers introduced under Statutory Instrument 445 should lapse or be continued after September.
BASW’s initial comment on the Summer Economic Statement
BASW sets out initial views on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer economic statement
Caldicott Principles: a consultation about revising, expanding and upholding the principles
BASW England asks members for feedback on proposed changes to good practice principles which are applied to the use of confidential information
#StarsInMemory – Connected by Care – United by Loss
BASW England backs campaign for those who have experienced loss and bereavement to connect, as ONS data reveals 21 social workers have sadly died due to Covid-19 between 9 March and 25 May 2020 in...
Top tips for virtual direct work with children & families during COVID-19
Rebekah Pierre, BASW England Professional Officer shares virtual top tips
ADASS report exposes a seriously underfunded care system
Maris Stratulis National Director for BASW England comments on the ADASS Budget survey
Out of the Shadows – the role of social workers in disasters
BASW England wants to hear from people with lived experience and social workers involved in disaster and emergency responses past and present including the COVID 19 pandemic for book development.
More support needed for people with learning disabilities and autistic people
BASW statement following figures published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Action needed to address the disproportionate number of deaths from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities due to Covid-19
BASW statement following Public Health England report ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19’
Reforms to Unregulated Provision for Children in Care and Care Leavers Survey
The Department of Education is seeking views on proposed new measures to ensure that the use of independent and semi-independent provision (commonly known as unregulated provision) provides the right...
BASW England Virtual Celebration/Disco Survey
Give us your views on a potential celebration for Students and NQSW and Social Workers
Tell us what is happening in children’s services
BASW in partnership with The Children’s Society and a number of organisations across the children’s sector launch poll to capture intelligence from frontline professionals working in children’s...
A tribute to Pete Felton
BASW England would like to pay tribute to dear friend Pete Felton, who recently passed on
Victims’ Commissioner seeks views of social workers
Views sought: The Victims’ Commissioner is currently undertaking a deep dive review into the experiences of children and young people as victims of domestic abuse and their potential subsequent...
Urgent action needed to ensure children and young people can access the mental health services they need.
Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found that 133,000 young people referred to specialist mental health services in England were rejected in 2018-19, despite increased government...
LGA relaunch Return to Social Work
The Local Government Association, which represents councils across England and Wales, today has teamed up with the Government Equalities Office to reignite the Return to Social Work programme...
Help develop more resources for social workers working with autistic people and people with learning disabilities
We are developing additional resources and activities to support social workers working with autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities to help embed the frameworks into social work...
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.
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 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
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...
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 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...
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...
Ask your MP to support #homesnothospitals Early Day Motion
BASW England is urging social workers to contact their MP’s to ask them to sign the Early Day Motion #2533 hosted by Helen Hayes MP
BASW England comments on new Universal Credit stats
This draconian, punitive policy was introduced by former Conservative Chancellor George Osbourne and the latest data highlights the number of claimants affected by the change in policy as a result of...
BASW England comments on DfE scheme tackling bad behaviour
BASW England's Children and Families PPEG supports the Department for Education (DFE) position that calm and safe classrooms benefit students and teachers alike and create cohesive and...
BASW statement on Serious Youth Violence inquiry
BASW England recognises the points raised in today’s publication from the Home Affairs committee of their inquiry into serious youth violence and agrees with many of its recommendations.
BASW England seeks views on Advancing our health green paper
BASW England welcomes the publication of the government green paper titled ‘Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020’s’ released yesterday.
Bring the social model of health into clinical healthcare settings to aid recovery of mental illness and distress
Parliamentarians and social workers are jointly calling on the Government and NHS Trusts to recognise the social factors of mental health distress and promote the social model of health within new...
Adult Social Worker and children’s social work health check findings published
The LGA have published report findings of the health check surveys 2018
BASW concerned about Action for Children report
BASW England is calling for greater investment in children’s wellbeing following a concerning report released this week by Action for Children.
The Capabilities Statement for PSW’s is published
The Capabilities Statement and Roles and Responsibilities framework for Principal Social Workers (PSW) in Adult Services have now been published.
BASW England concerned about reporting in Family Courts
The BASW England Children and Families Practice, Policy and Education Group (PPEG), who are involved in the consultation on reporting in the Family Courts, have responded to the most recent draft...
Launch of Capabilities Statement and CPD Pathway
BASW England has launched the Capabilities Statement and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Pathway to support social work practice with adults who have learning disabilities
BASW England writes open letter on Adult Social Care
BASW England’s Adults Policy, Practice and Education Group has written an open letter to the Secretary of State and to all leadership contenders for the Conservative Party.