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
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.
BASW Cymru launches Siarad ‘da Ni/Talk to Us initiative
Dear BASW Cymru Members We have been working hard on your behalf, since the outbreak of the pandemic, to ensure that you have the right information, tools and support to carry out your vital work....
BASW and SCIE launch digital capabilities framework and resources for social workers, employers and educators
Using digital technology has never been more important for social work, their employers, educators and the adults, children and young people they support.
BASW continues to raise the urgent issues with social work leaders and provides an update on action so far
BASW is working across the nations to raise the issues faced by social workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
BASW England briefing paper on Coronavirus Bill
BASW England member response to the Coronavirus Bill
Voices of social workers through BASW Covid-19 survey set agenda for safety and effective practice during pandemic
BASW opened up a survey for social workers to provide feedback on their experiences of working during the coronavirus pandemic. To date more than 1,200 social workers have provided feedback on their...
Supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during coronavirus outbreak
Two BASW England capabilities statements on social work with autistic adults, and adults with learning disabilities can help social workers and their employers to keep a focus on what they need to...
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
An update on activities relating to coronavirus COVID-19 for members in Scotland.
BASW Cymru statement on Wales student social workers
BASW Cymru is liaising with Social Care Wales, to ensure clear guidance for student social workers around the suspension of qualifying programmes.
Students need to be given the opportunities and support to make the choices they want to make about placements in these uncertain times.
BASW calls upon the government, Social Work England, HEIs, placement providers, Student Finance England to develop a co-ordinated transitional national action plan to support social work students at...
In the last week, as an independent social worker, I have found that I am at home with flexibility in my work schedule in a way that hasn’t been the case for a long time. Across the country...
BASW is continuing to work with partners to raise your key COVID-19 concerns
Ruth Allen CEO BASW provides an update on our work to raise your issues with key partners
The Coronavirus Bill- an update
BASW acknowledges the speed with which Parliamentarians are having to consider the Bill and therefore restricts itself to the most important issues – more information will be provided at a later date.
Covid-19: A message from the Social Workers Union
John McGowan, General Secretary, has a message for social workers talking about changes to Advice and Representation.
BASW statement on Windrush review
On the premise of promoting human rights and social justice, our position is the recommendations must be swiftly enacted and implemented by the Government to redeem any sort of credibility.
Message to members
Dear members We want to thank you for the outstanding commitment you have shown in maintaining essential services and support in the most difficult of circumstances. The last two weeks we have...
COVID-19 What is working?
As part of the BASW COVID-19 survey Over 1000 social workers share their experiences and challenges of working in the pandemic, best practice examples were also shared.
The Coronavirus Bill: The Response from BASW
The Coronavirus Bill has been introduced as a response to an unprecedented threat to public health. See BASW's initial calls for action...
Scottish Association of Social Work responds to draft coronavirus bill
Statement from the Scottish Association of Social Work on the draft coronavirus bill.
Message to members from BASW NI Chair
Read Orlaith McGibbon's letter to members outlining the work undertaken by BASW NI to represent their interests since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Update from BASW Council
Gerry Nosowska BASW chair provides an update following an additional BASW Council meeting held on 18th March 2020 to set out the BASW Covid-19 plan.
Social workers are key workers / critical workers
The government has announced social workers are included in definition of essential frontline key workers in the context of this pandemic as set out in the Guidance for schools, childcare providers,...
Social workers vital role must be urgently recognised and resourced throughout COVID-19 crisis
BASW is working with partners for ‘key worker’ and other vital recognition for social workers across the UK. Social workers need clearer guidance and professional support and resources from...
The government has updated information on a proposed Coronavirus bill. We have set out what the main elements are for social work.