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.
WSWD blog: Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships in the face of Coronavirus
I think it is safe to say that the Coronavirus outbreak has somewhat overshadowed World Social Work Day - despite this, it has never been more important to emphasise and reflect on its theme.
BASW Advice and Representation and Social Workers Union Services
Joint member information on service variation during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
COVID 19 and support for BASW members
BASW is making changes to how we work and mobilising to support members through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Stories of social work on World Social Work Day 2020
We are dedicating WSWD to collecting and sharing your stories and images of your work.
Social work during Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ongoing Survey open to all social workers
BASW wants to hear your queries and experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic. This will help us support you and all social workers, speak out social work and the rights of people using services,...
World Social Work Day 2020
For World Social Work Day #WSWD2020 we join with social workers across the UK and worldwide to celebrate and recognise our profession’s vital work across global communities - today and every day.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings
Updated COVID-19 guidance from Health Protection Scotland for Social or Community and Residential Settings.
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings in Scotland
SASW wishes strength and calm to all our members and partners across the sector for the coming time of challenge. SASW has shared an update following the Government decision to move its responce to...
COVID-19: BASW comment
The latest guidance and BASW comment, plus information on BASW meetings and events
Information on this page aims to provide a hub of information to support social workers with advice and guidance which has been issued by Government, regulators and health professionals.
Funding and wholesale reform is needed for social care
BASW responds to the UK 2020 Budget and asks for more support for social care and public services.
Commonwealth Day 9th March 2020
A theme for this year’s Commonwealth day is: 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'. On this day fifty four countries, across all continents, will celebrate their common...
Social work and novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Social Work England shares information and a joint statement from chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals on 3rd March 2020:
February Council – Farewells and welcomes
Council remember Terry Bamford and say goodbye and thank you to Colin Reid and Gareth McGibbon as they leave Council.
BASW Cymru best interests assessors survey
We would like to hear your views on professional development in relation to Mental Capacity Act practice and the prospects for Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) implementation