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.
Adult Social Worker and children’s social work health check findings published
The LGA have published report findings of the health check surveys 2018
SWU reveal winners of essay competition
Social Workers Union (SWU) is delighted to announce the winners of their recent World Social Work Day Essay Assignment Competition.
BASW concerned about Action for Children report
BASW England is calling for greater investment in children’s wellbeing following a concerning report released this week by Action for Children.
BASW Cymru to support Homeless World Cup
Cardiff is set to host the Homeless World Cup later this month in its famous Bute Park. The eyes of the world will be on Cardiff between July 27- August 3rd as 50 countries and over 500 players come...
The Capabilities Statement for PSW’s is published
The Capabilities Statement and Roles and Responsibilities framework for Principal Social Workers (PSW) in Adult Services have now been published.
Social Workers urged to nominate for 2019 Awards
There is still time for social workers to be nominated for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, with entries closing Friday 19th July.
BASW comments on successful Court of Appeal case against removal of student from social work MA course following anti-homosexuality public social media posts
BASW CEO, Dr Ruth Allen comments on successful Court of Appeal case against removal of student from social work MA course following anti-homosexuality public social media posts
BASW England concerned about reporting in Family Courts
The BASW England Children and Families Practice, Policy and Education Group (PPEG), who are involved in the consultation on reporting in the Family Courts, have responded to the most recent draft...
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.
BASW UK conference and AGM 2019 – review
The Titanic Belfast hosted BASW’s UK conference and 49th Annual Grand Meeting last week and here is a roundup of the day’s programme
BASW Chair blog: Gerry Nosowska
Your Annual General Meeting - BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, reports back on the AGM
Home Office seeking Expression of Interest
The Home Office are looking to identify additional panel members to represent local authorities on the Multi-Agency Assurance Panels, which are part of the Government’s National Referral Mechanism (...
Launch of Capabilities Statement and CPD Pathway
BASW England has launched the Capabilities Statement and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Pathway to support social work practice with adults who have learning disabilities
BASW NI submits evidence to Westminster welfare inquiry
BASW NI has submitted evidence to an inquiry into welfare policy in Northern Ireland being jointly held by the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and Work and Pensions Committee.
"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...
Social workers from around the UK meet in Belfast to explore the importance of working across boundaries and borders
The British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland (BASW NI) is delighted to welcome colleagues from across the UK to Northern Ireland, as its parent organisation—the British Association of...
"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 Cymru welcomes the introduction of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill
BASW Cymru welcomes the introduction of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill by Vaughan Gethin AM, Minister for Health and Social Services.
BASW England writes open letter on Adult Social Care
BASW England’s Adults Policy, Practice and Education Group has written an open letter to the Secretary of State and to all leadership contenders for the Conservative Party.
Tay Jiva awarded an MBE
Tay Jiva (BASW England Ambassador) has received an MBE award for her contribution to children’s services
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.
Chair's blog: What has BASW Council ever done for us?
BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, discusses the latest Council meetings
Gypsy, Roma Traveller History Month
Every June, the gypsy and traveller communities around the United Kingdom come together to celebrate the culturally diverse and sadly much misrepresented Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, for Gypsy,...
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.
The NHS must recognise and embed the vital role of social work in the development of the People Plan
BASW England response to the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan
"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
BASW urges members to complete inquiry on Adult Social Care
With the green paper on adult social care continuing to be delayed, and with Brexit confounded matters further, this new inquiry into the future of social care couldn’t be better timed.
Allison Hulmes looks to engage membership in new role
Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director for Wales, has been in post since the 1st March, replacing Robin Moulster who held the role for over seven years.