BASW Blog: 'Why the wheel cannot stop turning'
Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director, on the Drive2Survive campaign and why social workers must oppose anti-GRT proposals in the Police Bill
BJSW Editor’s Choice Video Podcast
Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic, editor of the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW) introduces the BJSW (51 / 5) Special Issue on Disasters and Pandemics
This Week in Westminster - Friday 9 July 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW UK’s Public and Political Affairs Lead provides an update
Celebrating Social Work: BASW UK Celebration and Annual General Meeting
** Save the date - 15th September 2022 **
BASW UK position statement on Social Work with Trans People
BASW recognises and stands in active opposition to the stigma, oppression, stereotyping and abuse that many trans people experience.
Remuneration Campaign -People with Lived Experience
A new campaign - led by the Austerity Action Group - wants to hear research/involvement experiences in a new survey.
BASW response to the NHS being awarded the George Cross
It is absolutely right that the NHS receives recognition for the incredible work during the pandemic. However, there will be many equally dedicated and courageous workers in social care – who often...
BASW/SWU ‘Assaults on social workers’ petition: An update for members
Together, BASW and SWU will continue to campaign for social worker safety in the workplace.
BASW briefs policymakers on anti-GRT proposals ahead of next stage of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
Members of the GRT community have the right not to be harassed and discriminated against on the basis of their ethnic identity and way of life.
Talk to SWU: workplace issues webinar on 7 July 2021
All UK social workers are invited to attend and talk directly to SWU about any workplace issues they are experiencing. This session is free to attend and the webinar is set up so that questions can...
BASW England: IRCSC 'Case for Change' Survey
The Independent Review of Children's Social Care (IRCSC) has recently released its 'Case for Change' report. BASW England is seeking feedback from members on the document to help...
Reflections on the lack of self-care in social workers
Karin Heber, Professional Officer at SASW shares her reflections on why social workers don't practice what they preach when it comes to self-care...
BASW writes to new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Maris Stratulis, BASW England National Director, and Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, write to Sajid Javid MP.
Bans on eviction enforcement - an update for social workers
During the pandemic, the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments all placed limits on enforcement of evictions in recognition of the number of people who were struggling with the financial consequences of...
SWU joins Future Social Care Coalition Group
SWU’s status as a member of the FSCA enables the collective voice of its members to be heard at a key moment, and possibly a pivotal time in the history of social care.
BASW England 80-20 Campaign Survey 2021: Where are we three years on?
BASW England have refreshed the 2018 survey which resulted in campaigning to reverse the trend which saw children and families social workers spending just 20% of their time in direct contact with...
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW response to audit report into Government’s response to pandemic
Social care and social work must be recognised as equals to healthcare, with greater transparency on key decisions
BASW Blog: The BASW 50th Anniversary Project - End of a journey and a nod to a new and exciting future
Gaby Zavoli, BASW Heritage project co-ordinator, looks back through a wonderful period of activities and celebrations – and encourages members to join us for a special reflection event next week.
National Age Assessment Board: BASW receives response from Home Office following consultation submission
In the response, the Immigration Minister referred to plans for a National Age Assessment Board (NAAB), a proposal that 50% of respondents to our survey disagreed with.
BASW Blog: Lewis Roberts reflects on recent Westminster Education Forum panel appearance
The panel discussed lessons learned during Covid-19 for improving child safeguarding and explored the future of virtual social work - a fantastic opportunity to ensure the social work voice and...
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is delighted to announce the winners of our World Social Work Day 2021 Essay Assignment Competition
Four social work students have each won £500 for their entries to SWU's WSWD 2021 Student Essay Assignment Competition, and two additional outstanding entries have been awarded prizes as well...
BASW England National Standing Committee election results 2021
BASW England National Standing Committee (NSC) is delighted to announce the following members have been elected to serve on the NSC for 2 years with the option to stand again for a further two years...
EU Settlement Scheme: BASW writes to Home Secretary
Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, urges the Government to extend the deadline for the EUSS and create a more supportive environment for those who come forward.
This Week in Westminster - Friday 18 June 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
MP questions Minister on the absence of social work voice on SAGE
Barbara Keeley MP says Government failed to use expertise from social work and social care sector in the early stages of pandemic.
The Case for Change - review of children's social care report
300 contributors to the review are from a registered workforce of over 100,000 social workers – more must be done to grasp and fully understand the value and the importance that social workers bring...
EU Settlement Scheme: Social workers see the obstacles every day – why can’t the Government?
Extending the deadline and providing a supportive environment reassures people that coming forward to register themselves is the right way forward.
IMPACT – Improving Adult Care Together – Call for Social Worker Nominations to the National Assemblies
New four-nation initiative aimed at sharing innovation and good practice in Adult Social Care
British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Workers Union (SWU) re-sign new Co-operation Agreement
John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Ruth Allen, BASW Chief Executive signed a new, formal co-operation agreement between the two organisations in London on Thursday 10th June. The new Co-...
Independent Review of Children's Social Care - Oversimplification of the role of social workers and negative government narrative of social worker engagement with children and families
Andy Gill, BASW England Chair and Maris Stratulis, BASW England National Director comment on the Sunday Times article
BASW UK writes to Foreign Secretary on overseas aid
Cutting overseas aid at such a crisis point for humanity is a mistake and will make the journey to pandemic recovery even more difficult for the world’s poorest.
SWU 10th Anniversary Blog: Why Unions Matter
BASW / SWU Advice & Representation Service Trade Union Officer Lisa Fitzpatrick writes an in-depth blog about the A&R Service for SWU's 10th Anniversary. She is passionate about working...
APPG for Social Work call for evidence - new models of children's social work
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Work has launched an inquiry into new models of children’s social work and is inviting interested groups and individuals to submit written evidence.
This Week in Westminster - Friday 11 June 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
SASW joins "urgent" call to First Minister for National Disability Summit
SASW has written to the First Minister, joining a call for an "urgent" summit to address the impact of Covid-19 upon disabled people...
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
The G7, the pandemic and Social Work
Global leaders must recognise and invest in the importance of frontline health and care professionals to both combat the pandemic and build fairer, safer societies post-pandemic.
New naming convention for COVID variants
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced a new system for naming COVID-19. From now, Greek letters will be used to refer to variants first detected in countries like the UK, South...
'Social Distance in Social Work: COVID Capsule One'
invites a range of leading social work thinkers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of services to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis through lenses such as poverty, culture and...
BASW joins calls for Government to place tackling child poverty at heart of Covid-19 recovery
The UK Government must work with the devolved governments, organisations such as BASW UK, and those with lived experience to prioritise the voices and needs of children and young people.
Social worker safety at work campaign: BASW and SWU statement
BASW and SWU are engaging with Government to explore practical, effective and appropriate ways to improve social worker safety.
The Social Workers Union appoints two new SWU Ambassadors
Harry Venning and Emma Lewell-Buck will commence their roles as SWU Ambassadors on October 18th which is the day 10 years ago when SWU obtained our trade union licence. These individuals have...
BASW and SWU oppose Part 4 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
The proposed new offences could result in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities being subjected to continual eviction and potential prosecution.
*NEW* Bridging the Gap: transitional safeguarding and the role of social work with adults
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, introduces the new briefing and underlines its importance to social workers working with young people transitioning into adulthood.
BASW vlog: How to put forward a motion at the BASW AGM
The next BASW AGM is taking place on 15 September 2021
Government consultation on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes: Summary of BASW England survey responses
Last month BASW England surveyed its members on the key questions taken from the government’s public survey, with a focus on those that were of most relevance to social workers
Regulation of Child Contact Centre Services Consultation
Regulation of Child Contact Centre Services Consultation.
SASW, BASW Cymru and BASW Northern Ireland support joint Children's Commissioners letter calling for urgent end to two child policy
BASW's devolved nations support the joint Children's Children's Commissioners letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions condemning two child policy...
Social Workers Union re-elects General Secretary
John McGowan will serve a second term as general secretary, the most senior staff position within SWU.
BASW speaks to BBC News about fall in child protection orders and fears of 'generation of lost children'
BASW's Allison Hulmes and Gavin Moorghen were interviewed by the BBC this week...
Celebrating Pride Month 2021
During Pride Month, we are encouraging everyone to share celebrations and activities using the hashtag #BASWPride21.
BASW supports Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2021
GRT History Month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Month Blog
Did you know that Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are the largest ethnic minority group in Europe with over 12 million people, they have an international flag which unites them and an international...
Survey: Social Work England's continuing professional development (CPD) consultation
BASW England encourages members to share their views and feedback via our online survey, to help shape our formal response.
Meaning, Motions and Memory: highlights from BASW Council
Council – BASW UK’s board of directors – had our quarterly meeting on 19 May. Update by Gerry Nosowska BASW Chair
A conversation with Shantel Thomas, BASW Anti-Racism Lead
We spoke to Shantel about how she became a social worker, her experiences of racism both in the profession and wider society - as well as her vision and approach to the role.
Report launched on ‘Anti-racism in Social Work’ activities across the UK
BASW England report marks the first anniversary of George Floyd's murder with a comprehensive list of actions on ‘Anti-racism in Social Work’ that have taken place across the UK (and...