Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Social Work Association responds to Independent Review of Children's Social Care 'Case for Change' report
The report does not present a sufficiently detailed historical legal and political summary of child protection policy or practice - nor does it incorporate the intersectional impact of...
BASW/SWU ‘Assaults on social workers’ petition: An update for members
Together, BASW and SWU will continue to campaign for social worker safety in the workplace.
BASW briefs policymakers on anti-GRT proposals ahead of next stage of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
Members of the GRT community have the right not to be harassed and discriminated against on the basis of their ethnic identity and way of life.
BASW England: IRCSC 'Case for Change' Survey
The Independent Review of Children's Social Care (IRCSC) has recently released its 'Case for Change' report. BASW England is seeking feedback from members on the document to help...
BASW England 80-20 Campaign Survey 2021: Where are we three years on?
BASW England have refreshed the 2018 survey which resulted in campaigning to reverse the trend which saw children and families social workers spending just 20% of their time in direct contact with...
BASW England National Standing Committee election results 2021
BASW England National Standing Committee (NSC) is delighted to announce the following members have been elected to serve on the NSC for 2 years with the option to stand again for a further two years...
Social worker safety at work campaign: BASW and SWU statement
BASW and SWU are engaging with Government to explore practical, effective and appropriate ways to improve social worker safety.
*NEW* Bridging the Gap: transitional safeguarding and the role of social work with adults
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, introduces the new briefing and underlines its importance to social workers working with young people transitioning into adulthood.
Government consultation on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes: Summary of BASW England survey responses
Last month BASW England surveyed its members on the key questions taken from the government’s public survey, with a focus on those that were of most relevance to social workers
Survey: Social Work England's continuing professional development (CPD) consultation
BASW England encourages members to share their views and feedback via our online survey, to help shape our formal response.
BASW England raises concerns about the effect of increased charges for care and support
BASW England is concerned about reports of some service users who have decided not to use local services because they cannot afford to pay
Queen’s Speech 2021: BASW England response
BASW England is calling for reform to social care that goes beyond addressing the injustices of social care funding.
Queen's Speech 2021: BASW response
The Queen's Speech provides the government with an opportunity to highlight its priorities for the months ahead...
BASW responds to concerns about the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM)
The BASW England Mental Health Group has discussed deep concerns about the High Intensity Network and SIM raised by practitioners and particularly by people with lived experience of using mental...
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...
BASW England publishes Manifesto for 2021/2022
BASW England has made it a priority to engage with politicians across the country
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
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 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