SASW statement on West Dunbartonshire social work "crisis"
Read our statement on concerns raised by social workers in West Dunbartonshire council.
BASW Chair blog: Gerry Nosowska
It’s been a titanic month celebrating World Social Work Day, now we look ahead to the BASW AGM
BASW Cymru marches to support Kurdish strikers
BASW Cymru National Director Allison Hulmes, joined hundreds of marchers in Cardiff yesterday, in support of the Kurdish strikers world-wide, and Imam Sis in particular.
BASW England’s 80-20 Campaign conference review
On Thursday 4th April, in Birmingham, BASW England held its first conference for its 80:20 Campaign, in partnership with the University of Sussex.
Have your say: Home Office consultation on serious violence
The Home Office have launched a consultation on serious youth violence to ensure public bodies, including social services, raise concerns about children at risk of becoming involved in serious youth...
BASW Cymru social work awards 2019
BASW Cymru’s 9th Social Work Awards were held on the 20th March at the Iconic Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. The awards were sponsored by Leanne Wood, AM for the Rhondda and was attended by...
BASW England and the BISWG launch revised practice guidance for social workers
BASW England and the Brain Injury Social Workers Group (BISWG) are delighted to jointly launch revised practice guidance for social workers titled ‘Understanding People Affected by Brain Injury’.
BASW survey on government consultation on training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism
The government wants to know how we can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism – this...
Social workers across borders join together
The event theme ‘Social work professionalism: Promoting values and empowering identity’ set out and explored the shared commitments between the two social work professional organisations – The Irish...
"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 “...
BASW’s World Social Work Day 2019 celebration
Over 100 social workers, academics and service users attended BASW’s celebratory event to mark World Social Work Day in London yesterday, as keynote speakers explored the official theme of ‘human...
Relationships – the power of kindness, humanity and love
As an international federation of social workers we want to make the world a better place, and as such we never forget that stories of change belong to ordinary people who have faced unimaginable...
Relationship-based social work – for World Social Work Day 2019
BASW exists to strengthen social work, support social workers and promote social justice.
Westminster plays host to award-winning social workers
Social Worker of the Year 2018 winners rubbed shoulders with ministers and sector organisations – including BASW – at a celebratory reception
BASW responds to Spring Statement 2019
Today, Phillip Hammond presented an economic forecast which said the UK had taken another step on the road to ending austerity. The British Association of Social Workers asks: ‘just how long is this...
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.
Practice Educator Practice Standards (PEPs) Consultation Survey
BASW has taken ownership of the Practice Educator Practice Standards (PEPS) and we are committed to promoting high standards of professional practice and practice education that is owned across the...
BASW to march in anti-racism demonstration
On Saturday 16 March, cities across the world from Warsaw to Washington DC will march together against racism – and BASW and Social Workers Union (SWU) will be involved too.
BASW England’s Doing the Best Together review
Last week, BASW England held a day long conference at the Greenwood Centre in Camden, London to ensure the voices of adults with learning disabilities were heard to inform our development of the...
SWU offering £500 in student essay competition
The Social Workers Union (SWU) have announced the theme for their annual World Social Work Day student essay competition.
Ruth Allen speaks to MPs on state of children’s services
On Monday, the Housing, communities and local government committee held a meeting in Westminster met to discuss the pressures on local authorities’ children’s services.
Share your views with BASW England on the Social Work England consultation on rules and standards
Share your views with BASW England on the Social Work England consultation on: - Professional standards Qualifying education and training standards Education and training rules Registration rules...
Social workers support call for independent review of Brexit health and social care impacts
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) has joined a UK-wide coalition of over one hundred organisations backing draft legislation that would require an independent...
BASW speaks to MPs in SEND inquiry
BASW calls for relationship based, co-production at ministerial meeting discussing recent reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The Adoption Enquiry – A year on
A year since it launched, The role of the social worker in adoption – ethics and human rights: An Enquiry, a podcast to discuss its impact and ongoing relevance was held this week by BASW.
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.
New Government inquiry calls for evidence
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have launched an inquiry into local authority children's services and want to hear from professionals within the sector...
BASW Cymru blog: A brand new PPEG
Today saw the inaugural meeting of our Social Work Law in Wales - Policy Practice and Education Group. Our primary objectives are; to be a resource to members and the wider social work profession in...
Social Work England to host consultation events
Social Work England is urging social workers to provide input at a series of events, organised as part of a ten-week consultation period to inform the new regulator’s governance.
BASW NI launches research on social work during The Troubles
The culmination of a two-year study conducted by an international team of academics, Voices of Social Work Through The Troubles, gives a platform to social workers as they recount putting their...
SWU offering free self-defence courses
As the final stage of its roll-out for the new business product Streetwise365, the Social Workers Union (SWU) will be running a limited number of free half personal safety training days at various...
BASW welcomes new IFSW European VP
BASW welcomes the news that John Brennan has been elected the new European Vice President of the International Federation of Social Workers.
Call for recognition of social work during disasters
BASW England and ADASS have co-produced a report outlining – and recommendations to unify – the role social workers play in disaster recovery
The role of social workers in disasters
BASW England looks to raise awareness, but also formalise, the important role social workers play in disaster recovery
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.
BASW Criminal Justice PPEG writes to MPs
BASW England’s Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and Education Group has written to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke MP, “expressing concern” over proposals to re-...
BASW Cymru continues ‘social work drop-in’ across Welsh local authorities
BASW Cymru continues the ‘social work drop-in’ across Welsh local authorities and will be visiting Pembrokeshire County Council next week.
We want to hear the views and experiences of carers on social work.
BASW England are developing a capabilities statement and CPD pathway for social workers working with adults with learning disabilities and are asking carers to complete the survey to support this...
Are you a social worker who works with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?
BASW is working with MPs to share insights into what it is like to practice social work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
BASW Chair blog: Gerry Nosowska
New Year is a time of reflection and of looking to the future. In social work it can seem like the same old challenges persist. But I want to offer some real hope for 2019, arising from the work that...
The NHS cannot thrive in its mission without social care
The British Association of Social Workers are pleased to see the ambitious plans for preventative services, investment in mental health provision and enhancement of community services within the NHS...
Survey launched to improve practice with older people and adults who have learning disabilities
BASW England and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have launched two new projects that will develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD) for social workers...
UC Two child U-turn welcome, but not enough
BASW calls on Government to go further and ‘scrap the cap’ for all families
Additional funding for Frontline programme
The Department for Education today announced that the Frontline organisation has won a further £45m of funding for its fast track children and families social work programme.
BASW England response to 'The lives we want to lead', Local Government Association (LGA) green paper for adult social care and wellbeing
An open letter to the LGA
BASW raises over £700 for homeless shelters across the UK
BASW is delighted to announce that members, staff and the wider social work community have raised over £700 for homeless shelters across the UK through our Christmas eCard scheme.
BASW England Committee member Louise Purser awarded an MBE for services to social work
Host of social workers celebrated in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2019
A peaceful protest against homelessness blog
Read this blog by Allison Hulmes, Professional Officer for BASW Cymru, who stood alongside the volunteers from Left Outside Alone for the second year running, in a peaceful protest, against...
Robin Moulster, BASW Cymru national director has recently left the BASW team. We would like to pay tribute to Robin and thank him for all his work over the years at BASW
I would like to pay tribute to Robin Moulster who has recently finished working as a National Director with BASW Cymru. He held this post for over seven years. Robin was dedicated to his work within...
Inquiry response - funding and provision of local authorities’ children’s services.
The Social Workers Union (SWU) have submitted a response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into funding and provision of local authorities’ children’s services.
BASW England and RiPfA develop professional capabilities and CPD for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities
The British Association of Social Work (BASW) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) are working on two projects to develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD...
Celebrate World Social Work Day 2019 with BASW
World Social Work Day - Tuesday 19th March 2019 - Save the date!
The heart of social work
On behalf of BASW we would like to send festive wishes to all our members and social workers across the UK, and invite you all to send special thoughts to social workers working over the holiday...
BASW response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) welcomes the publication of the Wessely review “Modernising the Mental Health Act: increasing choice, reducing compulsion” and we are pleased to see...
Knowledge and skills statement for social work supervisors in adult services has been published
New post-qualifying standard for social work practice supervisors in adult services has arrived
Nomination deadline extended for SASW Social Work Awards
Nominations have officially opened for the 12th Annual SASW Awards on International World Social Work Day in March 2019.