BASW Cymru calls for testing for social workers entering care homes
BASW Cymru has been in conversation with the Older People’s Commissioner for last couple of weeks about the appalling number of deaths in care settings. We have also shared our concerns about the...
BASW statement on social worker Covid-19 deaths
Official figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed the deaths of ten social workers, and an additional two social services managers, involved Covid-19 between 9 March...
Reforms to Unregulated Provision for Children in Care and Care Leavers Survey
The Department of Education is seeking views on proposed new measures to ensure that the use of independent and semi-independent provision (commonly known as unregulated provision) provides the right...
BASW Statement: Domestic Abuse and Covid-19
Lock-down and social distancing have shown to have the potential to exacerbate domestic abuse and situations which were already high risk.
‘No public health without social health’
We have now received responses to letters sent to both Clara Swinson (Director General for Public and Global Health and DHSC) and Yvonne Doyle (Medical Director for Public Health England).
Welsh Government issues formal guidance on Adult Social Services during the Covid-19 pandemic
The guidance outlines how Local Authorities in Wales should put into practice the ‘modifications’ to Adult Social Care duties under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act)...
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.
SWU Blog: Please join SWU and donate to the SWBT
It is no coincidence that recent applications from social workers to the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust (SWBT) have significantly increased over the last 7 weeks due to the financial impact of the...
BASW England Virtual Celebration/Disco Survey
Give us your views on a potential celebration for Students and NQSW and Social Workers
Lockdown exit plans should put safety, fairness and human rights first
BASW responds to the Westminster Government’s announcement to ease some lockdown measures.
Social Workers brief MLAs on COVID-19 Challenges
Representatives from the British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) have provided evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Health Committee on the key issues impacting social...
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Week 5 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19
SWU Blog: John McGowan looks at what lies ahead for social work
‘Imposing another age of austerity after the coronavirus crisis will have a profound impact on societies most vulnerable people’ suggests John McGowan, General Secretary, Social Workers Union (SWU...
Public Health England responds to BASW England and ongoing concerns for social work and wider health and care workforce during Covid-19
BASW England highlight the ongoing concerns being raised by social workers including shortage of PPE and ask for clearer understanding of people's vulnerability to Covid-19 including why BAME...
Ethical Challenges for Social Workers During COVID-19
Invitation to participate in research by the International Federation of Social Workers and an international social work ethics research group
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Week 4 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19
BASW Cymru response to £500 payment for social care
BASW Cymru welcomes the First Minister’s announcement that social care workers in Wales will receive a £500 payment in recognition of the essential work undertaken by this “under-valued and...
BASW guidance for Covid-19
These documents are live in response to the pandemic and we want to hear from members to help us shape them too - please do contact us to share your feedback or comments on the guidance.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group: seeking BASW members to join
Your voice matters and we are keen to hear from individuals who are passionate and have experience in this area.
"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.
BASW England urges government to withdraw statutory instrument which ‘risks the welfare and rights of children’
The welfare and safeguarding of children is undermined by The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
BASW Statement: Care Homes, Personal Assistants and Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on residents and staff who live and work in care homes, resulting in a significant number of deaths of the elderly and care staff.
BASW Cymru and SWU open letter to Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services
BASW Cymru and SWU call for support for the social work workforce in Wales
Upholding Human Rights during Covid-19
Social work is a human rights profession. Social workers’ ethics and purpose is grounded in upholding human rights. This is no different during times of crisis. In fact, during complex and uncertain...
An update from BASW Cymru's National Director, Allison Hulmes
BASW Cymru's National Director gives an update on the work BASW Cymru has been doing during the Covid-19 crisis...
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Ruth Allen provides a video update of the ongoing work of BASW throughout Covid-19
BASW policy brief on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Poliy brief on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 which were published on Thursday 23 April and came into force on Friday 24 April.
BASW and SWU will today join the remembrance of health and social care workers who have lost their lives during COVID-19
Every year on April 28th, all around the globe the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Open letter calls for austerity policies to be rolled back as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Austerity Action Group, consisting of social workers and people with direct experience of using services, open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for decade long austerity policies to be...
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.
BASW deeply sad over loss of another social worker to COVID-19
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of social worker, Muhammad Islam, to COVID-19.
BASW England responds to BBC article on vulnerable children not attending schools
News reports on national data published today from the Department of Education shows that only 5% of children identified as in need or at risk of harm are attending the school places kept open for...
BASW's thank you to social workers and all key workers
BASW has developed a poster to share, download and display to recognise the vital work of social workers during the pandemic.
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.
Tell us what is happening in children’s services
BASW in partnership with The Children’s Society and a number of organisations across the children’s sector launch poll to capture intelligence from frontline professionals working in children’s...
COSW highlights crisis for social work during pandemic
The Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work (COSW) participated in the first ever virtual meeting of Accredited Commonwealth Organisations on 16 April 2020.
BASW England and the Social Workers Union (SWU) write to minister over statutory duties
BASW England, the Social Workers Union (SWU) and partner organisations, Article 39, Childrens Rights Alliance for England and Just For Kids law, have written a letter to the Secretary of State at the...
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.
Messages on self-care and resilience from Neil Thompson, BASW Cymru Ambassador.
Self-care and resilience – needed more than ever now? Hear from Neil Thompson
SWU's student essay competition
Essays must be between 750-1,000 words and the four winners will receive £500 each plus see their work published in a BASW e-book celebrating the association’s 50th birthday
Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen
Ruth Allen provides a video update of the ongoing work of BASW during Covid-19
BASW joins academics and sector leaders call for COVID-19 Wellbeing Taskforce
Article by Margaret Holloway, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Hull and Editor for the British Journal of Social Work on the call for a Covid 19 wellbeing taskforce
Recognition for Social Work is especially meaningful during the COVID-19 pandemic
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are certainly in need of all the essential services and the hard work that each and every key worker is doing, with the importance of human relationships vital...
Changing BASW to support you through the pandemic.
The coronavirus crisis has inevitably meant that BASW has had to change how we prioritise our work, deliver our services and represent the profession. Find out how we have transformed our services.
By being members, we are all making a difference and helping our fellow social workers. I know we will keep supporting and encouraging each other.
Gerry Nosowska, BASW chair reflects on the social worker response to the coronavirus pandemic.
High quality and person-centred advance care planning (ACP) is a vital means of promoting personal dignity at the end of life
BASW comments on recent press reports of misuse of ACP and of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices being issued inappropriately.
Exceptional times call for adaptable work measures, but safety should be first
John McGowan, General Secretary of SWU reflects on the rights of social workers during the pandemic.
Gaps in infection prevention and PPE advice and requirements for social workers
Open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care
Alert cards for autistic adults and adults with health needs
Alert card for autistic adults Helpful particularly in the current health climate due to charities and organisations not being able to provide the cards as usual . This alert card has been created by...
Take care of the frontline workers so they can support and care for others
Social workers and social care workers should be given the opportunity to be tested for COVID19, there should be testing in the community and staff who need access to PPE must be given these...
The Coronavirus Act 2020 is now law in Wales
BASW Cymru urges Welsh Government to make available the guidance that social workers need to fulfil their statutory functions, including information on how they receive training in understanding the...
The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Social Work Practice - A Briefing
This briefing is a general introduction to the Coronavirus Act 2020 as it relates to social work practice.
Covid-19 Pandemic – Ethical Guidance for Social Workers
This Ethical Guidance for Social Workers aims to respond to the very specific circumstances generated by COVID-19 which disrupts health, care, safeguarding and support services.
BASW calls on the Prime Minister to provide essential PPE and guidance for social workers and include as priority group for testing.
For social workers to do their work efficiently and compassionately during the coronavirus pandemic they must be safe, we therefore look forward to receiving guidance on PPE, followed by the...
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.
BASW statement on the loss of a social worker to COVID-19
We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the two people who have lost their lives in these awful circumstances.
BASW Cymru letter to Minister for Health and Social Services
BASW Cymru letter detailing concerns for social workers about Covid-19
The government has now published the Coronavirus Act 2020.
The government launches its wide-ranging piece of legislation which will affect various existing legal rights and protections