Police, Crime and Sentencing and Courts Act comes into force
This legislation criminalises the way of life of Gypsy and Traveller communities - and we also have major concerns around changes to the right to protest.
UK Government publishes ‘Bill of Rights’ to replace Human Rights Act
These legislative proposals will roll back human rights rather than uphold them.
Scotland’s social care and social work sector explore new approaches to accessing support
Key stakeholders and leaders in the social care and social work sector have come together to start exploring alternative approaches to how care and support could be accessed across Scotland. The...
Social Work Benevolent Trust: Join our board of trustees
SWBT provides support to social workers facing financial hardship.
Further funding secured for the Professional Support Service for social workers in Wales!
“I cannot rate the coaching session I took part in highly enough. It was the most reflective discussion I have had in the past decade in social work, and I came away with a renewed sense of...
SASW campaigns for greater focus on tackling poverty
This week, SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge met with the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security and Social Justice Committee, Elena Whitham MSP to discuss tackling poverty in...
SWU speaks at House of Lords: Equal Protection of Children Against Assault working group meeting
Wales has implemented new laws on ending the physical punishment of children, and England needs to enact similar legislative changes.
Scottish Government Publishes National Care Service Bill
The Scottish Government has introduced its National Care Service Bill to parliament. Creating a National Care Service (NCS) was one of the key policies put forward by the SNP in their manifesto for...
BASW Cymru Summary Report: Racism in Social Work
This summary report brings together our ‘Racism in Social Work’ survey findings, conducted across Wales last year. The survey was developed by the BASW Cymru Anti-Racist Social Work Practice Group...
BASW conference 2022: A social work for the future
Hundreds of social workers from around the UK attended our Annual Conference, which was held at the University of Birmingham.
SASW supports the need for a new Mental Health Strategy
SASW is backing calls for a radically new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy in Scotland. As one of 17 member organisations in Scotland's Mental Health Partnership, SASW supported the publication...
BASW’s new Chair, Julia Ross, calls out media for latest ‘naming and shaming’ of social worker
In her first statement as Chair of BASW, Julia Ross said: " A child's death is an appalling and dreadful tragedy, but in the cases where social work in involved the blaming or even naming...
BASW in Westminster update: 14 June 2022
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
BASW’s opposition to ‘outsourcing’ asylum seekers to Rwanda and Ukraine refugee crisis update
BASW will continue to advocate and lobby for the human rights of all refugees and migrants.
SWU statement in solidarity with Palestine and on not endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism
Our commitment to social justice encompasses both the fight against the oppression of Palestinians and the fight against antisemitism.
SWU Assignment student essay competition will award £500 to each winning entry
Submit your essay by 5pm on 24th June 2022 for the chance to win one of four grants
Scottish Parliament Round-Up
This week's highlights at Holyrood..... The week started with the Scottish Government announcing its 13th new benefit using the social security powers now available under the devolution settlement....
25 May Senedd event - blog
Innovative and relationship-based social work – highlighting best practice in Wales. 25th May 2022 Hosted by BASW Cymru. Kindly sponsored by Jack Sargeant, MS. BASW Cymru’s recent event was a huge...
Social Work Policy Panel: June Meeting
The Social Work Policy Panel held its final meeting before the summer on Tuesday 7 June. With the National Care Service Bill expected to be introduced to parliament before the end of June, the panel...
SASW Celebrates Pride Month
The SASW Team wishes everyone a very happy Pride Month! Every June, people come together to celebrate Pride Month, a month dedicated to championing LGBTQIA+ communities both in the UK and around the...
Motions for the BASW Annual General Meeting 2022
BASW members will be able to comment on motions from 10 June 2022.
Statement on the launch of the ‘Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan’
BASW Cymru's National Director responds to the launch of the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan...
BASW England and SWU respond to consultations on DfE regulatory framework changes and SWE rule amendments
These consultation responses were completed jointly between BASW and SWU and representatives of both memberships.
British Journal of Social Work editor’s choice vlog: Issue 52 (3)
Co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic in conversation with the authors of the two 'editor's pick' articles in the latest edition of BJSW...
Carers Week 2022
Nicola and Sally - two carers who work with BASW - share their experiences as we mark Carers Week 2022.
SASW meets with Craig Hoy MSP
This week, SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge, met with the Shadow Minister for for Mental Health and Social Care, Craig Hoy MSP in the Scottish Parliament. During Mental Health Awareness Week,...
BASW blog: Reflections on #WhatMakesAHome
BASW Cymru National Director, Allison Hulmes, marks the start of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month with a powerful personal reflection.
SASW responds to Setting the Bar report
A report examining social work workloads and caseloads in Scotland illustrates the perfect storm that is enveloping the profession. Setting the Bar was commissioned by Social Work Scotland to look at...
SASW contributes to tackling drug deaths debate
This week, SASW contributed to a Scottish Parliament debate on tackling drug deaths and harm. The debate was called by MSPs from the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, the Social Justice and...
BASW in the media: National review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson
BASW staff and representatives appeared on a range of media outlets following the National Review's publication...
SWU response to the national review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson
Social work needs to be properly funded to retain the workforce and protect vulnerable children and adults.
Chair's blog: 'Reflecting on my last BASW Council meeting'
Our chair, Gerry Nosowska, provides members with an overview of the most recent - and her last - BASW Council meeting
Social Work Policy Panel
The next meeting of the Social Work Policy Panel takes place on Tuesday 7 June, 13.00-14.30. The panel is a space for front-line social workers to share their views and experiences with policy-makers...
SASW shares consultation feedback
The SASW team have been busy this month responding to consultations on areas affecting social work practice in Scotland. Read our submissions and next steps below. Progress made to implement the...
MP raises BASW's safeguarding concerns in House of Commons during Ukraine debate
BASW briefed MPs ahead of the debate, expressing our concerns that the lack of Government-run matching scheme will result in safeguarding risks due to a lack of rigorous checks on the host.
Cost of living crisis: Chancellor makes ‘Emergency Budget’ announcement
Unable to ignore the calls for action, the Chancellor came to the House of Commons today with an announcement on measures the Government were going to take in light of the growing pressure on...
UNCRC Incorporation: What happens now?
This week, the Deputy First Minister gave a statement to parliament on the UNCRC Incorporation Bill. What will the legislation do? The Bill will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the...
Cost of living crisis: BASW UK calls for Emergency Budget in letter to Chancellor
People are now forced to make impossible choices between paying bills or feeding their families. We are calling on the UK Government to take action.
Care Review: BASW speaks to media
BASW proactively engaged a range of media outlets, to ensure our profession is represented in national discussions about the future of children’s social care in England.
SWU among 16 UK Trade Unions condemning Turkey’s illegal invasion of Northern Iraq and North and Eastern Syria
Turkey is engaging in the same behaviour as the Russian state's brutal invasion of Ukraine, and we again urge President Erdogan and the Turkish government to return to the negotiating table to...
BASW chair blog: 'IFSW Global meeting – Local is Global'
Last week countries met at the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) two-yearly General Meeting, with BASW representing the UK. Our chair Gerry Nosowska shares some highlights.
SWU to attend the Parliamentary Policy Roundtable on Equal Protection of Children Against Assault
On 21st June 2022 the Working Group on Equal Protection of Children Against Assault will share their views in Parliament and discuss banning corporal punishment of children in England.
SWU to attend Fixing Social Care and the Cost of Living Crisis: Agreeing Next Steps roundtable at the House of Commons
Parliamentarians along with Future Social Care Coalition core members and partners will call for a fair deal for social care at this high-level roundtable on 6th June 2022.
BASW initial response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
A full analytical look at the Review, its recommendations, and how it impacts all areas of social work will be forthcoming soon.
National Mental Health and Wellbeing plan: Learn more & help us shape BASW England's response
We're holding a special online workshop and launching a survey for members...
Social Work and the war in Ukraine - update 18th May 2022
Ukraine and other wars, latest BASW action, creating new guidance, experiences of social work across borders (IFSW report) and Roma in Ukraine
Out of the Shadows: The role of Social Workers in Disasters
Ruth Allen and Gerry Nosowska reflect on the release of Out of the Shadows, the first book to be published focusing on the role of UK social workers in disasters
SWU and FosterTalk celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2022
This year’s awareness campaign runs from May 9-22 and it showcases the commitment, passion, and dedication of foster carers.
Social workers and service users deserve political stability
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, pushing thousands of families across Northern Ireland further into poverty and distress, the need for our political representatives to form a Northern Ireland...
Join us in raising up the voice and influence of people who have used social work services in on social work research and publishing
British Journal of Social Work is inviting applications to the Journal Editorial Board from people who have lived experience of social work services. The aim is to recruit several new members with...
Local Elections 2022: A summary for social workers
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an overview of last week's Local Elections...
SASW secures assurances on support for social workers in Ukraine response
SASW has secured an assurance from the Scottish Government that social workers will receive support to help them meet expected increases in demand on services with the arrival of people forced to...
SASW highlights risks to social worker's mental wellbeing
On Mental Health Awareness Week, SASW secured a meeting with the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care to discuss how the Scottish Government can improve wellbeing and working conditions for...
The Queen’s Speech: What should social workers be aware of?
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
Key legislation becomes law after passing through the UK Parliament — BASW in Westminster
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
Social Worker Policy Panel Meeting Summary
The Social Work Policy Panel held its third meeting on Tuesday between front-line social workers and Scottish Government officials. The purpose of the panel is for front-line social workers to share...