BLOG: DPP to be congratulated for recognition that justice system is failing sexual abuse victims
Following the failings identified by the Jimmy Savile case and the exploitation of young girls by gangs, the director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC has called for a new approach to tackle...
BASW: Ministers must understand that the situation for many social workers is deteriorating not improving
BASW has responded to education secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that the current social work reform agenda will enable social workers to spend the time they need with at risk children by calling...
Butler-Sloss praised for hearing BASW’s concerns on adoption reform
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has issued strong support for today's comments by Baroness Butler-Sloss, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption Legislation, who has...
Social work inquiry: Service users suffering as traditional social work replaced by “managing crisis”
The need for a relationship-based approach to social work practice is greater than ever but public sector cuts are reducing the role of social workers to little more than one of “managing crisis”....
BASW England statement on Frontline programme
BASW welcomes the opportunity that the Frontline initiative provides to explore the potential for diversity in the delivery of social work education. BASW has some concerns about the current shape of...
BASW to discuss Winterbourne View, the Francis report and much more at Compass on 4 March
Winterbourne View, the Francis Report, the Children and Families Bill, plus career guidance, will all be explored in detail by BASW spokespeople at a major exhibition on 4 March. Offering a range of...
BASW backs petition opposing NHS privatisation move
BASW is backing an urgent campaign to prevent the Westminster government from using a regulation in the new Health and Social Care Bill that will force GPs to privatise more and more services.
BASW – We need a sensible debate on welfare reform, not underhand attacks on benefit claimants
In a Huffington Post blog, BASW’s press officer assesses how the media is being used to promote the government’s proposals on welfare reform by demonising benefit claimants such as mum of 11 Heather...
BLOG: Relief that decision reached on Dilnot must not gloss over flaws
BASW professional officer Joe Godden assesses the latest incarnation of the Dilnot report.
Sue Kent - Tracing birth families on Facebook can have a devastating impact
Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, BASW professional officer Sue Kent examines how Facebook is increasingly being used for unplanned communication between adoptive and birth families.
BASW's concern at College admission on taxpayer funding and data protection laws
BASW has expressed serious concern at comments by the new and unelected Chair of The College of Social Work that she expects four more years of government funding and is seeking ways around data...
England report - March 2013
In spite of the snow in January and February, it has been a good and productive start to the year for BASW England staff and members. England professional officer Nushra Mansuri attended a meeting...
BLOG: Children must not pay price of targets to reduce time on care proceedings
BASW professional officer Sue Kent examines the issues raised by a new report from the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), that highlights a family courts system under extreme...
BASW: Stable, specialised and skilled workforce needed to prevent children going missing from care
As the Chief Inspector of Ofsted publishes a new report that highlights the lack of reliable data on the number of children who go missing from care and the need for urgent action to establish a...
BASW: Professionals must get over their unease about sexualised behaviour in children
As a study from HM inspectorate of Probation of 24 male sex offenders, (10 of whom were minors) indicates that early signs of future sexual offending were missed in the majority of cases, BASW...
Bridget Robb - Social workers at Mid Staffs must ask why they didn't blow the whistle
Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb explains why the Mid Staffs NHS scandal is also a disgrace shared by the social work profession.
BASW: Empowered social workers must be at heart of children & families reforms
As children’s minister Edward Timpson today introduces the Children and Families bill to parliament, BASW issues a reminder to government that social workers need more help to keep families together...
BASW chief urges Cameron to act as inquiry highlights plight of asylum seeking children
BASW's Chief Executive Bridget Robb calls on David Cameron for action as inquiry reveals 'shocking truth' of treatment of asylum-seeking children.
BASW urges action in wake of CQC report highlighting concern over detentions under Mental Health Act
BASW calls on policy makers and service providers to act after the Care Quality Commission highlights concern over the treatment of people detained under the Mental Health Act in England.
Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us of injustice in the world
As the world remembers the persecution of Jews in Nazi Europe on Holocaust Memorial Day, BASW highlights the role of social workers in standing up against injustice and supporting the most vulnerable...
Care of asylum-seeking children inadequate, says Kindertransport descendant
Daughter of Kindertransport Jew fleeing Nazi persecution says support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in UK is inadequate.
Adoption shake-up could adversely impact on children and parents
BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb backs concerns raised by the Local Government Association over adoption reforms in England which could see the role of councils reduced.
Adoption 'tsar' speaks out
Interview with the Government's 'adoption tsar' Martin Narey to feature in February's issue of Professional Social Work magazine.
BASW STATEMENT: Update on Chief Executive position
BASW Council has completed the independent investigation into allegations made about the conduct of suspended Chief Executive Hilton Dawson. Following a subsequent period of mediation, recommended by...
Kent’s improved, but cuts hurting children nationally
Ofsted has reclassified Kent's children's services from "inadequate" to "adequate" after a two-year £30million improvement drive but BASW warned Government cuts are putting children at risk across...
'Adoption hotspots' map a gimmick not a solution
An 'adoption hotspots' map launched by the Government today is described as a "simplistic approach" to a complex issue by BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb.
Employers' duty to protect social workers from burnout
As new research highlights the need for social workers to develop emotional resilience, BASW stresses employers also have a part to play in protecting staff from the danger of burnout.
BLOG – deregistration threat to social work role should not be ignored
Following reports that 8,425 from an estimated 88,000 social workers have not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in England, BASW professional officer Joe Godden is...
BASW backs plan for A&E teams to access child protection records
BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb uses a column in The Times to respond to ministerial plans for all children in England who are admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments to be...
Lords back BASW against Gove's adoption plans
House of Lords backs BASW stance against Government claims that "politically correct" social workers are preventing ethnic children from getting adopted by white candidates. An inquiry by peers also...
England report – December 2012
The England team would like to wish you a good Christmas break and wish you all a happy new year. The month leading up to Christmas made no allowances for festivities, starting with the second...
BLOG: Troubled families? Or troubled stats?
Writing in the Huffington Post, BASW's press officer debunks the stats being used to promote the Troubled Families initiative.
Pocket guides on problematic substance use launched by BASW
BASW’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Alcohol and Other Drugs has produced five pocket guides to put basic information, hints, tips and reminders literally into the hands of frontline practitioners.
Winterbourne View final report: social workers best placed to plan long term care for people with learning disabilities
BASW is pleased to hear a pledge of support from care services minister Norman Lamb MP for the social work view that long term care for adults with disabilities should be based on treating the person...
BLOG: In Support of Nurses
BASW England Manager Ruth Cartwright on why the social work profession should support nurses.
MP inquiry hears how adoption targets will lead to rushed assessments and increased risks to children
The imposition of six month targets for placing children in care for adoption will lead to rushed and inadequate assessments, potentially making the process too fast for would-be adopters and open to...
Deskilling" youth justice social workers a threat to reducing reoffending, MPs told
Recent successes in reducing crime and reoffending rates across England and Wales could be jeopardised by cuts to the youth justice service and by the marginalisation of the social work role, MPs...
Autumn statement: Bridget Robb - Don’t ask social workers to save lives with no resources
As Chancellor George Osborne unveils his autumn statement, BASW acting chief executive Bridget Robb considers the implications for social workers in a blog for Community Care.
Peterborough practitioner picks up Social Worker of the Year Award for England
A children's social worker from Peterborough who qualified just three years ago won the top honour at the Social Worker of the Year Awards for England, co-sponsored by BASW. Estelle Thain, who works...
MPs hear how social workers struggle with backlogs akin to "M25 at rush hour"
The second stage of an inquiry by MPs into the state of social work heard a wave of additional evidence from frontline social workers about why child protection practice is in a parlous condition and...
HCPC deadline extended as thousands fail to register
HCPC has extended the deadline for social workers in England to register after revealing 21,000 have yet to do so.
BASW highlights damaging 'draconian' culture as Doncaster receives critical report
Concerns such as those highlighted today over failing children’s services at Doncaster will remain unless bureaucracy is reduced and cuts reversed to allow social workers to do their job, warned BASW...
Gove right not to blame individuals or care system but removing more children from home is no panacea
Commenting on a speech on child protection given by Education Secretary Michael Gove MP at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) that advocated an expansion in the care system, with more...
BLOG: Frontline scheme is no laughing matter
Andrew Ellery, Social Worker and BASW member, assesses the Frontline scheme.
HCPC urges social workers to set up direct debits by 19 November
The latest details on the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) campaign to ensure social workers in England renew their registration and don't lose their right to practise as a social worker.
BASW: Profiteering private firms won’t save under-funded LA social services
BASW has hit out at Sandwell Council’s decision to award a £1.5m 30-month contract to management consultancy firm iMPOWER to run its children’s services.
MPs listen to concerns from social work frontline
MPs acknowledge "crisis" in social work after professional testimonials underline concerns raised in BASW's State of Social Work survey.
Resource implications cannot be ignored after MPs express safeguarding fears for older children
BASW welcomed a report by MPs on the House of Commons Education Select Committee, highlighting failings in the care system for older children, but warned the situation would get worse unless the...
Rise in children coming into care amid cutbacks puts increased pressure on social workers, Lords told
Lords inquiry warned social workers are straining under increased workload as more children come into care in a climate of service cuts.
Corporate parenting should be a job for life
BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb argues spending more on extended support for care leavers is not only the right thing to do morally, it also makes economic sense.
BASW critical of government plan for two chief social workers instead of one
Community Care's coverage of BASW's criticism of a government decision to scrap a plan to appoint one Chief Social Work Officer, and instead to divide the role between the Department of Health and...
More support, not bigger cash handout is answer to care leavers
Calls by the Children's Minister to provide greater support to young people leaving care are welcomed by BASW, while raising concern over proposals to increase a one-off payment to care leavers.
BASW: IDS is punishing children for being born
BASW has hit out at Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for proposed plans to cap child benefit at two children per family.
Winterbourne View highlights dangers of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ culture
The Winterbourne View scandal highlights the importance of funding locally based support for people with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities rather than sending them to far off...
BASW says leadership and resources are key to transforming Birmingham children's services
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) says sustained leadership improvements are crucial if Birmingham City Council is to successfully turn around its child protection services, following...
Nigerian baby ruling sparks trafficking fears
Concern has been raised over a High Court decision granting custody of a Nigerian child to non-biological parents as a government report into human trafficking is published.
BASW joins rally against austerity
BASW is set to show its support for the TUC's Future that Works march.
Eastenders responds to Professional Social Work Magazine (PSW)
In light of the controversy surrounding the EastEnders’ storyline, PSW put some questions to the show’s executive producer, Lorraine Newman. Here are her answers.
BASW: Care staff need better regulation that remembers personalisation
As an FOI request from BBC Inside Out programme to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals that 217 care home providers in England have been employing staff who do not have the proper...