BASW responds to Queen’s Speech
Today’s Queen Speech highlighted a raft of legislation for the year ahead, with some key announcements on social work.
BASW and SCIE launch Digital Capabilities for social workers report
Social work practice and the needs of people who use services should drive the development and use of digital technology, concludes a new report published today by the Social Care Institute for...
A social approach to suicide
BASW CEO Ruth Allen reflects on the state of mental health and social policies in the UK and argues for the pressing need to shift to social and relationship-based approaches and a social justice...
We need your stories on poverty!
UK social workers are being urged to share their stories of people who use their services that are experiencing poverty and/or social exclusion.
BASW responds to Advancing our Health consultation
BASW England has responded to the Department of Health & Social Care’s consultation on Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s
Social Worker of the Year 2019 nominees unveiled
BASW is delighted that 15 of our members have been recognised for their outstanding work by being nominated for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019.
Chair's blog: September Council – Happy new year
BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, reports back on the latest Council meeting
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.
BASW Adults PPEG comments on Ombudsman report
BASW England’s Adults Practice, Policy and Education (PPEG) group is pleased that the Ombudsman for Local Government and Social Care has given advice to local authorities about principles they must...
BASW England consultation on the future of adult social care
Since the government announced the plan to publish a green paper in 2017 on adult social care, BASW England has continued to develop a response. This consultation document summaries ideas and seeks...
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...
BASW consultation response to Public and Private Law Interim Reports
BASW England and SWU have completed our survey of members and formulated our response for both, the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) ‘Children Cases in the Family Court consultation’ on...
BASW consultation response to NICE Adult Carer’s Guidance
BASW England and SWU have completed our survey of members and formulated our response for the Consultation for NICE guideline on Supporting Adult Carers.
BASW Cymru statement on social worker assaulted in Bridgend
BASW Cymru deeply is deeply concerned by and condemns the news of violence towards a social worker by a client in Bridgend. Social worker Gail Cotten was assaulted in the car park of the Bridgend...
Becky Salter on the life of a student social worker and being a BASW member
BASW Cymru met with student social worker and BASW member Becky Salter to discuss her experiences so far and about being a BASW member. Becky previously had a career in children’s services as a...
Launch of Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Autistic Adults
BASW launches the Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Autistic Adults
BASW Cymru Blog - National Director
There have been a couple of events in recent weeks that have sharpened (my already sharp) focus on the identity of social workers in Wales and how the profession communicates this
Mental Capacity Act
BASW NI took the opportunity to respond to the Department of Health’s targeted consultation on the Review Tribunal Rules Amendments to facilitate the implementation of DOLS under the new Mental...
BASW at Labour and Lib Dem party conferences
This year, BASW's fringe events at both the Labour and Liberal Democrats’ party-political conferences have yielded a growing recognition among party members of all stripes that social workers...
Social Workers call for action to avert welfare reform catastrophe
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) has written to the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland and Work and Pensions calling for the Government to avoid damaging...
Voices of Social Work Through the Troubles
We are offering free two-hour workshops, across Northern Ireland, to share the ground-breaking BASW commissioned research into the experiences of social workers who practiced during the four decades...
Tackling Violence Taskforce
This followed the publication of the BASW NI report “Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers” in June of the same year. The remit has...
Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and BASW issue joint statement about implications of Brexit
IFSW Europe executive and all social work associations urged to write to British government to recognise and mitigate risks of Brexit to the profession and social work services.
BASW supports Global Climate Strike
Today, on the beginning of the Global Climate Strike protests, BASW has launched its Sustainability Statement to outline our plans as an organisation to tackle climate crisis.
Austerity Action Group – Marches On
Born out of the Boot Out Austerity Group, AAG is marching on, tackling the same crucial strands in society – poverty and inequality – that continue to negatively affect people who use social services.
Jonathan Pearce on the life of a palliative care social worker in Wales
BASW Cymru met with social worker and 20 year BASW member Jonathan Pearce this week to find out what it’s like to be a palliative care social worker in Wales.
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.
Professional Indemnity Insurance – make sure you’re protected
Social workers attending training to prepare them to practice under the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 are being informed they will need to secure professional indemnity insurance.
Statement from IFSW on social crisis in Europe
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Europe member organisations have jointly released a statement expressing concern at the growing social crisis in Europe.
Social workers welcome MPs’ call for extension of welfare reform mitigation
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) warmly welcomes a report produced by two influential Westminster committees which recommends extending, for a further four years,...
University of Edinburgh Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme
Opportunity for social work practitioners to collaborate with academics
BASW Ipswich branch challenges local councillor
BASW Ipswich branch chair, Julia Winkless, met with Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones last week along with BASW professional officer Keri O’Riordan, to discuss the ongoing closure of children’s...
BASW statement on no deal Brexit bill and political future
With a no deal Brexit currently being debated and being subject to the outcome of a potential general election, BASW is reiterating its position against leaving the EU without a deal.
BASW launches Anti-Poverty Practice Guide
Today, BASW launches its Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Work in-front of an audience of social workers, students, health care professionals, heads of service and representatives from local...
BASW response to the fast-tracked Spending Review 2019
Today’s Spending Review from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, was an urgent opportunity for decisive government intervention to tackle the social care crisis.
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
BASW comments on prorogation of parliament in September
The move to suspend parliament undermines our democracy and the rights of all citizens to have their interests represented in the House of Commons by MPs.
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
Share your views on Social Work England consultations
Social Work England have three live consultations and BASW England would like to hear your views.
BASW statement on tragic death of social care professional
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) share sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of social care professional Belinda Rose, who was murdered Saturday 17th August,...
IFSW Europe survey on ethical principles
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Europe currently has a survey open for individuals to complete which seeks to learn the challenges and opportunities for social workers in...
The Homeless World Cup and a view from Left Outside Alone
Cardiff opened its arms to homeless people from around the world last week as it hosted the 2019 Homeless World Cup in the city’s famous Bute Park.
Ask your MP to support #homesnothospitals Early Day Motion
BASW England is urging social workers to contact their MP’s to ask them to sign the Early Day Motion #2533 hosted by Helen Hayes MP
Removal of 'Reasonable Chastisement' defence closer in Wales
The implementation of the removal of the defence of ‘Reasonable Chastisement’ has taken a step forward in the National Assembly after consultation from BASW Cymru and others.
BASW Chair blog: July Council – what went on?
A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about BASW Council https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2019/jun/chairs-blog-what-has-basw-council-ever-done-us. In the spirit of keeping members informed about...
BASW comments on final Social Work England standards
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Workers Union (SWU) set out five member-led expectations for new social work regulator
BASW England comments on new Universal Credit stats
This draconian, punitive policy was introduced by former Conservative Chancellor George Osbourne and the latest data highlights the number of claimants affected by the change in policy as a result of...
BASW England comments on DfE scheme tackling bad behaviour
BASW England's Children and Families PPEG supports the Department for Education (DFE) position that calm and safe classrooms benefit students and teachers alike and create cohesive and...
BASW statement on Serious Youth Violence inquiry
BASW England recognises the points raised in today’s publication from the Home Affairs committee of their inquiry into serious youth violence and agrees with many of its recommendations.
“I can commit to looking at it” – BASW/APPG inquiry gains traction
BASW continues to influence policy makers as its recent inquiry Social Workers and a New Mental Health Act was one of many key topics discussed last Thursday during a debate on the Mental Health Act...
BASW to present social work priorities to PM Boris Johnson
BASW will be writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to set out the key priorities for social work. The manifesto for social work details eight priorities in relation to social work, social workers...
BASW England seeks views on Advancing our health green paper
BASW England welcomes the publication of the government green paper titled ‘Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020’s’ released yesterday.
Have your say on the on the new health and social care workforce strategy, Wales.
BASW Cymru is urging social workers to take part in the consultation and help shape the future health and social care workforce in Wales.
Bring the social model of health into clinical healthcare settings to aid recovery of mental illness and distress
Parliamentarians and social workers are jointly calling on the Government and NHS Trusts to recognise the social factors of mental health distress and promote the social model of health within new...
Julie-Ann Macqueen: Champion of One Parent Families
Read the obituary for Julie-Ann Macqueen, a key figure in Scottish Social Work.