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...
MPs told to ‘have confidence in social workers’ at launch of Social Work APPG
Following lobbying from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), an All Party Parliamentary Social Work Group has held its first meeting, a move aimed at moving social work higher up the...
BASW backs Action for Children child protection report
BASW has welcomed a report from Action for Children in which the charity highlights social workers’ powerlessness to intervene in suspected neglect cases.
Negotiators appointed for BASW and College of Social Work talks
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The College of Social Work (TCSW) have each agreed to appoint one independent person to work together as mediators and negotiators seeking to...
Employers “making it impossible” for social workers to practice ethically
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has updated its Code of Ethics for social workers as evidence emerges that frontline workers being put under pressure to turn a blind eye to unethical...
Social workers turning to payday loan providers to manage debts
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is hearing from increasing numbers of social workers facing financial difficulty, with some turning to payday loans with extortionately high interest...
BASW invites honorary officer nominations
Membership continues to rise and BASW’s visibility and impact on the sector is increasing. The Association is now seeking nominations for the honorary officer posts of BASW Chair, BASW Vice Chair and...
Report exposes “misleading” disability benefit consultation
BASW has lent its support to a report claiming that the government “misled” MPs and peers over the levels of “hostility” to disability benefit reforms.
BASW Supports Social Care Reform Plea
With cross party talks on the future of social care due to begin again, BASW has added its support to a letter, published in the Daily Telegraph.
New regulatory standards place unreasonable expectations on social workers
BASW has raised concerns that proposed proficiency standards for social workers would place unreasonable expectations on newly-qualified social workers.
Concern at HPC plans for voluntary student register
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has launched a consultation on whether it should keep a voluntary register for social work students.
University of Bedfordshire Publish Research on Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation
The University of Bedfordshire have published a report entitled ‘What’s Going on?’ into safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation.
Prominent social work figures question IB decision
Three prominent social work figures who have held discussions with leaders of BASW and the Interim Board of the nascent College of Social Work over the past year, attempting to resolve key...
Social Workers Union comes of age and BASW receives social enterprise award
BASW’s Additional General Meeting kicked off with news that the Association’s trade union arm, the Social Workers Union, has received its Certificate of Independence from the Trade Union...
MPs probe into College funding as BASW takes case to PM
Following calls from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) for an enquiry into the College of Social Work’s exclusive membership deal with Unison, the Education Select Committee will now...
BASW members back an effective and principled college
BASW members this week voted overwhelmingly to support the transfer of the Association’s £3m assets into a future unified College of Social Work, provided the body into which it will merge has the...
Adoption league tables “absurd” and “simplistic” BASW warns
BASW has described the publication of adoption league tables to identify local authorities deemed not to be adopting enough children out of care as “crude and simplistic”
New Ofsted reports: yet another call to do more with less
BASW has challenged Ofsted to focus on causes and not just effects after the children’s service inspectorate identified key practice issues surrounding the protection of vulnerable babies and young...
Government taking ‘Pontius Pilate’ approach to College funding
BASW has questioned why the government is washing its hands of serious financial questions by refusing to properly address legitimate concerns raised by social workers over the yet to be established...
Concerns about use of non social work staff for assessments
A former social work team manager based in a remote part of Scotland has written to his ex-employer raising concerns that social workers have been replaced by unqualified workers to carry out complex...
BASW Russian trip 2011 – Rolling blog
This page will be used as a rolling blog, containing contributions and updates from the BASW member’s trip to Russia, check back for regular updates.
British Journal of Social Work: Special issue 2013
The editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of applications to act as guest editor(s) for a Special Issue with a publication month of March 2013 (Volume 43, No.2).
Social workers express fears that cuts will ‘put lives at risk’
Social workers have told BASW that deep cuts to social work services are already impacting on the frontline, with almost all respondents to an online poll expressing concern at potentially tragic...
BASW presses local authority chiefs to spare social work from spending cuts
BASW has this week written to every local authority in England urging council leaders to spare frontline social work services from spending cuts.
Government calls time on the ASBO
Home secretary Theresa May has launched a review of anti-social behavior powers available to the police saying: “It is time to move beyond the ASBO”.
Derby social workers lose battle to keep allowances
Social workers in Derby have lost their battle with the city council to keep allowances for the use of private cars, with Unison agreeing to call a halt to industrial action.
Plymouth praised while Doncaster faces government intervention
Ofsted has praised Plymouth Council’s children’s services department for the way it handled a high-profile child protection investigation.
BASW leader offers clear message on the choice facing members
In an Easter message to members BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has called for a resounding ‘yes’ vote in the UK College of Social Work referendum which closes on April 21.
Financial independence for GSCC will see costs passed onto social workers
BASW has welcomed plans to redefine the role of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in a move that would restrict its activities to social work, but warned that a further proposal to make the body...
Government commitment to free care is a step towards meeting BASW’s Manifesto for Social Work agenda
BASW has warmly welcomed government confirmation of plans for a National Care Service for England that would fulfil one of the five aims set out in its Manifesto for Social Work.
BASW warns that National College plan is ‘fatally flawed’
BASW chair Fran Fuller has warned that rival plans for a National College of Social Work in England are ‘fatally flawed’.
Independent social workers hit out at Ministry of Justice
Independent social workers (ISWs) are calling on the government to drop plans to slash their court fees in half, claiming that children’s lives will be put in danger. Their fees for acting as expert...
Let us help make the College Work, BASW urges
“Let us help you make the College work,” was the message from BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson after addressing a meeting of the National College steering group, chaired by the Social Care...
Survey reveals high caseloads, disillusion and support for a BASW college
Almost a quarter of social workers are handling more than 30 cases at once and 56% have seriously considered leaving the profession during the last year, a BASW survey on The State of Social Work...
Government listens to BASW UK college proposals
BASW has welcomed an invitation from two senior cabinet ministers to meet with them in the wake of the Association’s decision to ballot members on the formation of a College of Social Work across the...
Free offer to mark World Social Work Day
To mark yesterday’s World Social Work Day celebration, BASW members have been offered free access to a selection of online articles from Practice: Social Work in Action.
BASW urges members to vote yes in referendum to change social work for the better
As ballot papers for a referendum on launching a College of Social Work across the UK arrive on doorsteps, BASW is urging members to vote yes to its plan.
Sharp criticism of Community Care’s college coverage
The BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has used a letter to Community Care to sharply criticise the weekly magazine’s coverage of the Association’s plans to develop a College of Social Work across...
LGA calls for scrapping of Laming’s initial assessment plan
Social workers should be given the freedom to process referrals using their own discretion and the requirement to carry out a formal initial assessment should be scrapped, according to the Local...