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...
The compelling economic and medical case for early intervention
Early intervention with families of infant children living in high-risk child protection situations has a proven impact on outcomes and can dramatically reduce public spending on future offenders.
Care leavers getting “a raw deal” – BASW responds to Ofsted survey
Most children in care believe their lives are better for being removed from their families but want more support in making the transition to adulthood, according to a report.
Government’s “knee-jerk” adoption plan risks exacerbating problems
BASW has responded to the latest government plans to reform the adoption system in England by insisting that a child’s right to the best possible outcome should not be sacrificed in a “knee-jerk”...
BASW accuses Ofsted of giving ‘mixed messages’
Ofsted has now revealed that adoption breakdown will be factored into inspections, despite no reference to this issue when it announced that only local authorities who place children for adoption...
Wirral’s about-turn is a warning to others on the risks of cost cutting
BASW has endorsed the views of Graham Hodkinson, director of Adult Services at Wirral Council, in which he emphasised the importance of social work in the local authority’s future performance.
BASW calls for proper regulation of private fostering arrangements
BASW has called for the proper regulation of all private fostering arrangements in the wake of the convictions of Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu for the murder of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu
Social workers should have a key role in recruiting the right care staff for the elderly
BASW is one of a number of organisations who submitted evidence to the commission for dignity in care draft report, which has just been published.
BASW response to HPC’s consultation on student registration
In a response to the Health Professions Council’s (HPC) consultation on student registration, BASW has stated that scrapping the social work student register would pose a risk to service users.
Ofsted must not collude with crude government adoption targets
In a move claimed to ‘speed up’ the adoption process, Ofsted have announced that local authorities will only be given an outstanding rating, if they place children for adoption within 12 months.
Children’s care monitor spotlights the real issues
England’s Children’s Rights Director Roger Morgan has released the annual children’s care monitor.
‘I don’t feel human’ – shocking testimony from the Children’s Society
The Children’s Society have published a report, I Don’t Feel Human, about the shocking levels of destitution among refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people in the UK.
BASW slams Gove’s adoption deja vu
Ahead of the government’s adoption action plan, due to be published next month, in a speech at the Isaac Newton Centre today, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has reignited the...
BASW comment on resignation of CQC’s Bower
Care Quality Commission (CQC) chief executive Cynthia Bower has resigned her post as a critical Department of Health report is published.
BASW condemns government’s ‘hollow’ words in light of pay freeze
The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced that 1.6 million council workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have their pay frozen for the third year in a row.
Nominations Open for England Committee Posts
Nominations are now open for members to put themselves forward for the England Committee.
The social work task – dealing with drug addicts, sex abuse and home makeovers
The final programme in the three-part Protecting our Children series on BBC2 gave further insight into some of the difficult cases that arise so often within children and families social work.
This Morning does social work: ‘A good social worker should be prized above rubies’
New statistics from Cafcass reporting record numbers of children being referred to social services have sparked widespread debate in the media, even drawing in ITV’s flagship daytime show, This...
Rise in referrals necessary, but more money needed to cope
Commenting on Cafcass’ announcement that the number of children referred into care in England has hit a record high, Sue Kent, BASW professional officer, said: “It is necessary that referrals are on...
Protecting our children but what about our adults?
BASW professional officer Sue Kent shares her perspective on the second of the three Protecting our Children documentaries on BBC2.
Book your place at SASW’s World Social Work Day celebration 2012
A major event in Perth on 20 March offers social workers a chance to advance their professional development while joining with fellow professionals across the globe in marking World Social Work Day.
BASW says breaches of contact orders should be a criminal offence
BASW has responded to the government’s decision to reject the stance of the Family Justice Review and press ahead with legislation that would enshrine the rights of both parents to have access to...
Social workers react to BBC documentary on Bristol children’s services
Social workers have reacted strongly to the first episode of ‘Protecting Our Children’ on BBC2, a documentary following the case of a family in Bristol subject to the intervention of the council’s...
£1,500 funding on offer for social workers to develop their practice
The Social Workers’ Educational Trust is encouraging social workers to apply for one of two £1,500 grants for undertaking research into key areas of practice.
Call for councils to open doors to the media to prove that social work is not all about tragedy
Ahead of the first episode of ‘Protecting Our Children’ on BBC2 on Monday, BASW urged local authorities to follow Bristol City Council’s example in allowing cameras to follow their social workers as...