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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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...
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
BASW England Branch Blog: Christian Kerr
The Chair of the North East Branch talks about radical social work in a contemporary context
SWU Blog: Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – protecting adults and children from violence
The Social Workers Union fully supports the aims of the Domestic Abuse Bill. We believe that all people, be they adults or children, should be protected from violence in any setting, including their...
BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines
BASW England recognises the value and importance of working in partnership with families, friends, carers and providers and is aligned with organisations that have been and continue to advocate for...
BASW responds to National Social Worker Healthcheck report
BASW CEO Ruth Allen and England National Director Maris Stratulis comment on the National Social Worker Healthcheck Report.
BASW welcomes vaccine priority change for people with learning disabilities
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued revised guidance to the Government that all people on the learning disability register should now be prioritised for a COVID...
BASW England Branch Blog: Esme Daley
Today is the day we’ve been waiting for, when our Prime Minister will again share his ‘roadmap’ of how restrictions will be eased. Many have been waiting for this update to find out whether their...
BASW England policy statement on the Independent review of children’s social care
This policy statement comes after consideration by relevant BASW England member-led groups and the National Standing Committee
Blog: 'Why testing is just as important as vaccines in social work'
What has happened to standardised Covid-19 Testing for social workers in England? BASW's Liz Howard asks the question and urges social workers to do the same...
Blog: 'Putting care experienced people at the heart of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care'
In this blog, I wish to focus not on the appointment process, or the chair himself - rather, on the hundreds of thousands of care experienced people this review will impact, many of whom will remain...
#TestAccessRights: Family carer unable to see son due to blanket care home restrictions
BASW continues to campaign for safe access to care homes for social workers and families.
BASW England update statement on responding to the Children’s Social Care Review 2021
The Review is being trailed as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for change. It has very wide scope in its terms of reference, far reaching stated ambitions and currently a 12-month timeline.
Survey: Government consultation on proposed reforms to Mental Health Act
In order to help prepare BASW’s response, we have collated the quantitative questions from the Government’s consultation.
BASW England supports Joint Committee on Human Rights on care home visits
The Committee found that relatives remain an essential part of care for so many older and disabled people in care homes - as it helps them to keep their memories alive, in touch with the outside...
BASW musicians needed for World Social Work Month jam!
Whether you’re a dab hand on the drums, a violin virtuoso, or you’re savvy on the spoons, there is a space for you to participate in our upcoming jam session, as part of World Social Work Month.
BASW England responds to news about urgent proceedings issued against SoS for Health and Social Care - as the number of people with learning disabilities dying from Covid-19 continues to rise
The Government needs to change vaccine prioritisation to prevent further deaths.
Event Resources - Launch of Mapping Professional Capabilities Statements, 28/01/2021
Find the resources in relation to this event here
Blog: Introducing the PCF, KSS and Regulatory Standards mapping guide
BASW England Professional Officer Rebekah Pierre introduces a new mapping guide to help social workers and colleagues understand how PCF, KSS and regulatory standards relate to each other.
Education Secretary launches review of children’s social care.
The voice and experiences of children and young people must be at the heart of the review
BASW England and BASW Cymru response to proposed reforms to Mental Health Act
The proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act aim to provide greater choice and autonomy for patients in a mental health crisis
BASW England submits evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is examining the impact of lockdown restrictions on human rights and whether those measures only interfere with human rights to the extent that is necessary and...
BASW England response to report that thousands of vulnerable children have been sent to unregulated care homes during the pandemic
There needs to be significant, long-term investment in children and young people across the country - with support services for vulnerable children and care leavers requiring urgent resources, both...
A 'Thank You' letter from BASW England
As 2020 draws to a close, BASW England has released a 'Thank You' letter to social workers across the country...
BASW England joins calls for people with learning disabilities to be given vaccine priority status
Government needs to recognise a range of different needs, not just clinical ones
BASW Blog: Deaf Awareness in Child Protection Social Work
Deaf awareness training is not mandatory in social work practice - which begs the question, how can we inspire change if we are not listening?
BASW England launch 'Impact of Covid-19 on AMHP survey'
New research commissioned by BASW England and the Department of Health and Social Care reveals a significant increase in people accessing mental health services during the first lockdown
BASW Blog: Social Work without the ‘Social’
I think, in the years following the pandemic, there will be an increase in mental health problems and an increase in PTSD given the experiences and heartbreak so many people have faced and are facing
BASW England response to ‘Feeling Heard’ report
Cross-party pledges must be made to prioritise investment in children’s social care, social work recruitment, and preventative mental health services
BASW England responds to ADASS report on Covid response
BASW England welcomes the candid analysis in ADASS' recently released report Themes and Learning from ADASS Members on the Local Response to COVID-19 in Spring and Early Summer 2020...
BASW England responds to latest Public Health England report into deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities during spring wave of Covid-19
This latest information paints an increasingly stark and concerning picture about the way that people with learning disabilities have been treated throughout the first wave of the pandemic.
Liberty Protection Safeguards: BASW responds to the UK Government’s decision to remove the role from care home managers to arrange assessments and gather information in England
From the outset, BASW has viewed the proposed role for care home managers as unworkable and is pleased to see the government’s recognition of sector opposition to the proposal.
Blog: Social work needs to be at the heart of any national solution to rising child poverty in England
As social workers we will often see, first-hand, what poverty can do to children and their families.
BASW England responds to guidance for visiting arrangements in care homes for the period of national restrictions
Safe access to care and health settings for social workers as professional visitors is essential
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.