Help us tackle homelessness
Share your views and expertise and play you part in eradicating homelessness across Scotland.
Recognition Matter is a knowledge exchange project led by six women who have shared perspectives on child welfare and protection.
SASW Briefing to Justice Committee on Stage 2 Children (Scotland) Bill
Read our briefing to the Justice Committee on Stage 2 of the Children (Scotland) Bill.
A message from our new Chair, Jude Currie
New Scotland Committee Chair, Jude Currie, shares what social work means to her and what she wants to achieve in her new role.
"Eventually, the abuse got too much and I was able to escape my partner"
We asked domestic abuse survivors what they would like to see social work doing more of, as part of the launch of our domestic abuse practice guidance.
Domestic Abuse and Child Welfare: A Practice Guide for Social Workers
This guide aims to support social workers in Scotland to respond effectively to domestic abuse, with a particular focus on situations where children are involved.
Support for families in the Perinatal Period in the context of COVID-19
A list of helpful resources and advice for social workers working in perinatal mental health during COVID-19.
SASW welcomes new Chair and Members to National Standing Committee
SASW welcomes new Chair and committee members to National Standing Committee for 2020.
Weathering the Storm: How can social workers maintain their emotional resilience during the coronavirus pandemic?
Social worker and PhD student Sarah Rose shares tips on how social workers can maintain their emotional resilience during the coronavirus crisis.
Scottish Association of Social Work Briefing to MSPs on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill
Read our briefing to MSPs raising our key concerns in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.
Scottish Association of Social Work pens open letter to Scottish Government
Read the letter sent to Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport and Minister for Children and Young People on behalf of members.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
An update on activities relating to coronavirus COVID-19 for members in Scotland.
Scottish Association of Social Work responds to draft coronavirus bill
Statement from the Scottish Association of Social Work on the draft coronavirus bill.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings
Updated COVID-19 guidance from Health Protection Scotland for Social or Community and Residential Settings.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings in Scotland
SASW wishes strength and calm to all our members and partners across the sector for the coming time of challenge. SASW has shared an update following the Government decision to move its responce to...
Review of Mental Health Law in Scotland
A review is being carried out into the way mental health law is working in Scotland.
Scottish Association of Social Work in the Media
Watch, read and listen to National Director, Alistair Brown on the BBC.
Social workers need "resources and manageable workloads" to support Care Review findings, says Scottish Association of Social Work
SASW argue for resources and manageable caseloads for the social work workforce in Scotland, in response to the findings of the Independent Care Review.
Pride in Practice: Call for Presentations from Social Workers
Two-day Pride in Practice event calls for presentations from front line social workers.
Scottish Association of Social Work and Scottish Social Services Awards Merge
The SASW Social Work Awards have merged with the Scottish Social Services Awards.
Quarterly update from the Scotland Team
The SASW team share an update on what we have been doing for our members over the last 3 months
Scottish Government Review of Advance Payment Scheme
Scottish Government announces update on review of advance payment scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.
Do you know a social worker who has left the profession?
We are looking for social workers who have left or are considering leaving the profession to share their stories.
SASW response to call for views on Children (Scotland) Bill
Read SASW's views on the Children (Scotland) Bill, which makes changes to how disputes are settled when families break down...
Consultation on Independent Child Trafficking Guardians
The Scottish Government is consulting on the implementation of Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: the appointment and role of child trafficking guardians.
Justice Committee seeking views on family breakdown plans
The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee is to put new proposals on managing disputes over children when families break down under the microscope...
Fund for charities and third sector to support people accessing benefits
The Scottish Government has announced a new 'Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund'...
Independent review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act
Share your views on Stage 3 of the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act.
If Brexit really does mean Brexit, we deserve answers
Our Communications & Policy Officer, Emily Galloway, writes about the importance of evidence informing planning post-Brexit - and how a Private Members Bill could help make that happen for health...
Social workers using own money to buy food for service users
During Challenge Poverty Week, SASW are raising awareness of the impact of poverty on families - and the BASW Anti-Poverty Practice Guide.
SASW supports vote on giving children equal protection from assault
SASW supports the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, which MSPs are due to vote on on Thursday 3rd October.
Repeal of Named Person Provision
The Scottish Government has announced that the Named Person and Child's Plan Proposals will no longer go ahead as planned...
SASW Blog: Update from National Director
Read the first blog post from our National Director, Alistair Brown, who updates members on our work over the last year.
SASW response to Programme for Government 2019-2020
Find out more about our three focus areas within the Programme for Government.
University of Edinburgh Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme
Opportunity for social work practitioners to collaborate with academics
SASW celebrates relationships in month long social media campaign
Throughout the month of September, the Relationships Matter campaign will feature mini-podcast interviews with previous SASW award winners and nominees
SASW condemn Serco evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow
The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has condemned moves by Home Office contractor Serco to evict asylum seekers and refugees from properties in Glasgow
Julie-Ann Macqueen: Champion of One Parent Families
Read the obituary for Julie-Ann Macqueen, a key figure in Scottish Social Work.
SASW disappointed by failure to extend workplace parking levy exemption to social workers
Read the statement outlining our disappointment at the decision not to extend a national exemption to social workers as Stage 2 bill proceedings draw to a close.
"I've worked with care experienced young people for over 20 years and they have taught me everything I know"
Katie Matthews shares what it felt like to be nominated by one of the young people she works with for Social Worker of the Year back in March, and reflects on 'falling' into the profession...
"I enjoy empowering vulnerable people and supporting them to get their life back on track"
Our latest blog is from Edward McKim, who reflects on receiving a special recognition at the SASW Awards and on what inspired him to become a social worker.
BASW and SCIE survey on digital capabilities in social work
Take the survey now What is this survey about? Social workers in the UK use digital technologies and resources every day. But little is known about their overall experiences, knowledge, concerns and...
SASW statement on Care Inspectorate report into learning from Significant Case Reviews
Read our statement on the Care Inspectorate report, "Learning from significant case reviews - March 2015 to April 2018", which found that some agencies in Scotland didn't respond...
"It was an honour and a privilege to work with such courageous people"
Calum Glasgow reflects on the relationships he built on a placement that led him to winning Student Social Worker of the Year at the 12th Annual SASW Awards.
SASW gives evidence at Scottish Parliament committee on the workplace parking levy
SASW National Director Alistair Brown gave evidence at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on the impact of the workplace parking levy on social workers and the people they work with.
"I was incredibly humbled, honoured and emotional at receiving the nomination"
Read the blog from Sarah McCulloch, nominee for Practice Teacher of the Year at the 12th Annual SASW Awards
SASW welcomes new National Director
Alistair Brown to take over the post of National Director of the Scotland Office as Trisha Hall retires after almost 6 years.
SASW statement on Troon murder victim Significant Case Review outcome
SASW statement on the outcome of the Significant Case Review into the murder of a woman in South Ayrshire.
SASW statement on West Dunbartonshire social work "crisis"
Read our statement on concerns raised by social workers in West Dunbartonshire council.
"Life-changing" social workers honoured at national ceremony
The awards ceremony took place on World Social Work Day (19th March) at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh. Speakers included Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd, MSP, who commended the “...
Awards countdown celebrates shortlisted nominations
SASW shares more about the nominees shortlisted for the 12th Annual SASW Social Work Awards on World Social Work Day 2019.
SASW calls on Scottish Government to exempt social workers from workplace parking levy
SASW has written to Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, urging the Scottish Government to exempt social workers from the parking tax.
Small but Dutiful
Read the first blog from our new Ambassador, Jo McFarlane. Jo is a poet and author who writes openly and passionately about her experiences of mental illness, trauma and social work intervention.