Remploy closures “an act of vandalism”
BASW and its trade union arm the Social Workers Union (SWU) has described the closure of half of Remploy’s factories, which offer work for disabled people “an act of vandalism”.
Why not Dilnot? Government must not “shy away” from its recommendations
BASW is calling for the immediate implementation of the extra funding proposed by the Dilnot Commission and for the government to entrench reforms of social care by giving social workers a definitive...
BASW: New guidance will give doctors more confidence to report abuse
The General Medical Council’s (GMC) pledge to back doctors who report suspected child abuse, even if their fears are later proved groundless, has been endorsed by BASW.
BASW: Vulnerable families need help, not condemnation
BASW has endorsed a report by three UK children’s charities which warns that the number of children living in vulnerable families in Britain is likely to rise to over one million by 2015.
BASW urges government to keep adoption policy in proportion
Commenting on government plans to compel councils to consider placing children with approved adopters and remove what ministers have described as “groundless doubts about whether ‘Fostering for...
2012 Student/NQSW survey launched – £50 Amazon prizes up for grabs
Students and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) could win one of six £50 Amazon vouchers if they take part in BASW’s 2012 annual survey of their experiences of training, supervision and...
Local authorities respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey
Among the 17 local authorities to respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey at the time of going to press, many accepted that social workers were under pressure, particularly in children’s...
BASW urges Government to invest in residential care of children
BASW has called for radical improvement to current residential care facilities, and a right for children to be cared for near to their own communities, following reforms announced by Children’s...
HPC launches new proficiency standards for social workers in England
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has published new proficiency standards for social workers in England ahead of assuming regulatory responsibility for the profession from the General Social Care...
The average social worker in England is 46 and female
An assessment of 11 years in the life of the soon to be deceased General Social Care Council has shown an overwhelmingly female profession in England, a mixed racial background and an average age of...
Concerns persist about axing student register as HPC launches temporary measures
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has responded to significant concerns about its abolition of student registration by launching a new ‘suitability scheme’ to oversee education providers in the...
BASW members reaffirm support for UK College negotiations
BASW members used the Association’s Annual General Meeting to unanimously reaffirm support for ongoing negotiations with The College of Social Work (TCSW), with the aim of securing a unified UK...
New push on BASW transparency
A motion proposing greater BASW transparency in “opening up its business to members” was passed unanimously.
Social Workers Union launches ‘Operation Speak Out’
BASW’s trade union arm the Social Workers Union is dealing with increasing calls from members as escalating workplace challenges impact on working conditions, prompting the Association to launch a...
SWET hands out £14,000 in CPD funding
BASW’s Social Workers Educational Trust awarded £14,000 worth of grants for applicants seeking to further their learning during 2010/11
BASW honours three members with lifetime awards
BASW’s AGM concluded with the award of Honorary Life Membership to three longstanding members for their dedication and contribution to BASW’s work over the past 40 years.
BASW “thriving” says chief executive
BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson offered a glowing analysis of the Association’s current state in his annual report to members.
Full news and updates from the 2012 BASW AGM
A collection of news articles and updates from the 2012 BASW AGM.
BASW increases charity funding as social worker debt levels rise
BASW has increased the funding it provides for social workers facing financial difficulty, as evidence grows that more and more hard-up professionals are falling into debt.
Protection of title comes out top in GSCC ‘most influential policy’ poll
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) has marked its imminent demise by publishing a poll in which more than half of all social work respondents named ‘protection of title’ as the policy which has...
Launch of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitments to Action
Three global organizations join forces to make an impact on social development. The three international social work, education and social development bodies have committed to working together with...
BASW: Government’s red tape move ‘disingenuous’
BASW has described government proposals to slim down child protection guidance as “disingenuous”.
Full details of BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference on 14 June
BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place on 14 June, pursuing the following themes: 1. The implications for the profession of the BASW’s State of Social Work survey 2. The latest situation in...
BASW tells Pickles to stop bullying the poor
Commenting on plans to be unveiled tomorrow by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that all 152 top-level councils in England will be incentivised to send in “trouble-shooters” to deal with problem...
Rise in neglect reports to NSPCC – impact of the recession cannot be ignored
New figures released by the NSPCC show that reports of neglect to its helpline have doubled over the last two years to reach record levels.
Cafcass research – “increasing demand must be matched by resources”
Commenting on new research from Cafcass that claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.
‘Baby P’ social workers lose appeal: five years on, social workers still afraid to whistleblow
Gillie Christou and Maria Ward , two social workers involved in the case of Baby Peter Connelly, have lost their appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that they were fairly sacked, prompting...
Progress on Munro, but child protection system still getting worse
Commenting on Professor Eileen Munro’s progress report into the review of the child protection system.
Blog: Sexual exploitation of children
BASW member Janet Foulds has written a Guardian blog "Child grooming – what social workers should know".
Social workers fear for vulnerable children as cuts push system to breaking point
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog Our social workers are cleaning toilets instead of protecting children.
Peterborough SCR points to wider child protection challenges
BASW has called for a “sustained governmental commitment” to child protection following the publication of a serious case review examining the circumstances prior to the murder of five-year-old Tyler...
Adoption scorecards risk prioritising speed over quality
BASW has expressed concern at the government’s publication of adoption scorecards, which rank local authorities on how long children in their care wait to be adopted.
BASW rejects Daily Mail fears about the trouble with baby Chardonnays
BASW has responded to media stories about social workers standing in the way of adopted parents being able to change the name of the children they adopt by emphasising the importance of maintaining...
Blog: Why the Draft Care and Support Bill was more disappointment than relief
My initial reaction to news that the Draft Care and Support Bill had made it into the Queen’s Speech was one of relief followed by disappointment that there was no mention of attempting to resolve...
BASW’s disappointment at HPC’s refusal to register social work students
BASW has expressed disappointment at the conclusion of the Health Professions Council (HPC) that registration of social work students by the same body that regulates qualified practitioners is not...
BASW comment following sentencing in the Rochdale child sex abuse case
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog which poses the question “Why do we only take notice of our teenagers when rapists are convicted?”
BASW signs letter to Cameron urging action to end social care ‘crisis’
Elderly and disabled people are being left ‘in quiet desperation, trying to cope alone, often ending up in hospital or crisis care’.
BASW’s 2012 AGM – Annual Report and Order Paper
The BASW UK AGM 2012 This will be held on Thursday 14th June 2012, at Novotel Hotel, Birmingham, B1 2HT
Social workers in England urged to nominate for 2012 awards
Social workers are being encouraged to get their nominations in for the 2012 Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Social care white paper is a vital chance to implement Dilnot
With evidence gathering for the white paper on adult social care drawing to a close this week, in BASW’s latest blog for the Huffington Post, the Association urges the government to “buck the trend...
Home Office should not resurrect child asylum seeker dental x-ray scheme
Following pressure from a number of concerned groups including BASW, the UK Border Agency has been forced to suspend a dental x-ray pilot scheme to determine the age of child asylum seekers.
BASW welcomes chief social worker “victory”
BASW has welcomed the advertising of a vacancy for the position of chief social worker within the Westminster government.
Focus on Torbay highlights pressures, BASW says
BASW has highlighted the pressures facing social work teams in the wake of Torbay’s children’s services coming under the spotlight for the fact that two out of five children at risk are not being...
Government urged to act on child protection crisis
Commenting on Cafcass figures showing that the number of local council care applications has passed 10,000 for the first time.
Independent social workers win judicial backing
The important role of independent social workers in family court proceedings won support from a high court judge at a Family Justice Review Public Summit.
Confidentiality in suicide cases – your views sought
The Department of Health (DoH) is inviting BASW members to comment on how better to support families who are worried that a loved one is at risk, and also those who are coping with the aftermath of a...
BASW’s concern at arbitrary care proceeding targets
A Public Law Summit on the Family Justice Review (FJR) heard an upbeat assessment of the potential for an “effective, powerful College of Social Work”.
Ofsted report: Adopters describe social work assessors as ‘welcoming’ and ‘sensitive’
BASW has welcomed aspects of an Ofsted report into the causes of delays in the adoption system, a document that found adoptive parents to be happy with the overall service offered by professionals.
“Poor morale, poor decisions and erosion of identity” – dangers of health integration
BASW has restated its reservations about the dangers of integration as the UK’s largest merger of local authority and NHS care services prepares to go live.
Doncaster SCR prompts BASW to set out cornerstones for improvement
BASW has set out the four cornerstones for improving the effectiveness of serious case reviews, following sharp government criticisms of the serious case review (SCR) into the case of two boys who...
Social work training must encourage students to challenge the political “status quo”
Social workers should resist “becoming de-politicised and part of the status quo” and must not be afraid of reclaiming community work even though it has a reputation as “too radical”, a leading...
Dementia is not just a “social” condition
Welcoming this morning’s announcement that dementia funding is to be more than doubled by 2015.
Give social workers a role in disaster relief work
Social workers should be given a more integral role in supporting teams of workers who assist with natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
Social worker describes opposing former employer to get better deal for service users
Disillusioned by the “process bound approach” of working for a local authority, a social worker has told BASW England’s World Social Work Day event how setting up as an independent social worker had...
Make social justice a priority, BASW’s Westminster WSWD event hears
Social workers must recognise the key role their profession can play in the ongoing fight for social justice, attendees at a Westminster launch of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social...
World Social Work Day: Risk of social workers falling off register
As social workers mark World Social Work Day today, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) issues a warning about a twin threat to both the profession in England, and to service users.
World Social Work Day 2012: Do Children in Care Get a Better Deal in Other Countries?
The philosophy of social pedagogy is largely alien to the UK’s care system, yet as social workers mark World Social Work Day, it is a good time to consider how much we could learn from how the...
Home care standards – social care leaders must be willing to ‘rock the boat’
BASW has expressed concern that senior figures in social care aren’t “prepared to rock the boat” and tackle the culture revealed by a Which? report.
NIASW starts World Social Work Day celebrations early
Practitioners from across the public and voluntary sector gathered in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings, Stormont – home of the Northern Ireland Assembly – to celebrate World Social Work Day...