Top tips for virtual direct work with children & families during COVID-19
Rebekah Pierre, BASW England Professional Officer shares virtual top tips
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.
Tay Jiva awarded an MBE
Tay Jiva (BASW England Ambassador) has received an MBE award for her contribution to children’s services
BASW and SCIE survey on digital capabilities in social work
Take the survey now What is this survey about? Social workers in the UK use digital technologies and resources every day. But little is known about their overall experiences, knowledge, concerns and...
The NHS must recognise and embed the vital role of social work in the development of the People Plan
BASW England response to the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan
BASW responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report
BASW has responded to this week’s publication from the Children’s Commissioner for England – ‘Far less than they deserve: Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health...
BASW responds to LeDeR annual report
BASW has responded to this week’s publication of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme’s 2018 annual report, which indicate ongoing concerns about the premature deaths of...
A survey on funding for children's services
Your responses will help continue to make that case for additional funding in services that help some of the most vulnerable children and young people across the England.
Call for Evidence APPG for Social Work: to help shape the new Mental Health Act
BASW is calling on social workers – members and non-members – to help shape the new Mental Health Act.
BASW England’s 80-20 Campaign conference review
On Thursday 4th April, in Birmingham, BASW England held its first conference for its 80:20 Campaign, in partnership with the University of Sussex.
BASW England and the BISWG launch revised practice guidance for social workers
BASW England and the Brain Injury Social Workers Group (BISWG) are delighted to jointly launch revised practice guidance for social workers titled ‘Understanding People Affected by Brain Injury’.
BASW survey on government consultation on training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism
The government wants to know how we can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism – this...
Relationships – the power of kindness, humanity and love
As an international federation of social workers we want to make the world a better place, and as such we never forget that stories of change belong to ordinary people who have faced unimaginable...
Westminster plays host to award-winning social workers
Social Worker of the Year 2018 winners rubbed shoulders with ministers and sector organisations – including BASW – at a celebratory reception
BASW England’s Doing the Best Together review
Last week, BASW England held a day long conference at the Greenwood Centre in Camden, London to ensure the voices of adults with learning disabilities were heard to inform our development of the...
Share your views with BASW England on the Social Work England consultation on rules and standards
Share your views with BASW England on the Social Work England consultation on: - Professional standards Qualifying education and training standards Education and training rules Registration rules...
BASW speaks to MPs in SEND inquiry
BASW calls for relationship based, co-production at ministerial meeting discussing recent reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Social Work England to host consultation events
Social Work England is urging social workers to provide input at a series of events, organised as part of a ten-week consultation period to inform the new regulator’s governance.
The role of social workers in disasters
BASW England looks to raise awareness, but also formalise, the important role social workers play in disaster recovery
BASW Criminal Justice PPEG writes to MPs
BASW England’s Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and Education Group has written to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke MP, “expressing concern” over proposals to re-...
We want to hear the views and experiences of carers on social work.
BASW England are developing a capabilities statement and CPD pathway for social workers working with adults with learning disabilities and are asking carers to complete the survey to support this...
Are you a social worker who works with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?
BASW is working with MPs to share insights into what it is like to practice social work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
The NHS cannot thrive in its mission without social care
The British Association of Social Workers are pleased to see the ambitious plans for preventative services, investment in mental health provision and enhancement of community services within the NHS...
Survey launched to improve practice with older people and adults who have learning disabilities
BASW England and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have launched two new projects that will develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD) for social workers...
BASW England response to 'The lives we want to lead', Local Government Association (LGA) green paper for adult social care and wellbeing
An open letter to the LGA
BASW England and RiPfA develop professional capabilities and CPD for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities
The British Association of Social Work (BASW) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) are working on two projects to develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD...
BASW England hosts domestic abuse webinar
Last week, BASW England hosted a successful webinar (which was CPD certified) on domestic abuse, working with adults, children, survivors and perpetrators, as part of the White Ribbon and the 16 days...
Top 10 Research Priorities for Adult Social Work Research
BASW England members have been directly involved in this work and we call upon social workers and the wider social care sector to share and discuss these priorities.
BASW England statement in response to LGA ‘The Lives We Want to Lead’
BASW England welcomes the outcome of the consultation led by the Local Government Association (LGA) titled “The Lives We Want to Lead”. As we await the delayed government green paper, it is essential...
Have your say on how Social Work England operates
Social Work England (SWE) have launched their first public consultation on Social Work England’s appointment rules, which form part of the legislative framework underpinning the work of the...
Concern from BASW Criminal Justice over first Secure School
Both the BASW Criminal Justice; and Children and Families; Practice, Policy and Education Groups (CJ and F&C) are most concerned to read that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to establish the...