Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month: a time for reflection and solidarity
Highlighting our response to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
SWU delivers two motions at General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) Biennial General Council Meeting
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is pleased to announce that the two motions we presented at the GFTU’s Biennial General Council Meeting on 17 May 2021 were unanimously passed.
BASW Blog: Practice Educator Professional Standards in England (PEPS) - An Assessor's view of the last 12 months
Dr Jenni Burton explores her experience as a practice educator mentor during the pandemic - and some of the issues arising whilst using the refreshed PEPS.
BASW England raises concerns about the effect of increased charges for care and support
BASW England is concerned about reports of some service users who have decided not to use local services because they cannot afford to pay
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
Queen’s Speech 2021: BASW England response
BASW England is calling for reform to social care that goes beyond addressing the injustices of social care funding.
BASW and SWU respond to open letter about 'Assaults on Social Workers' petition
The petition, which has over 13,000 signatures, opened a discussion about how best to protect social workers at work
BASW member blog: End of life care from a pandemic focus
The focus of the new briefing paper ‘The State of End-of-Life Care’, from the Institute for Public Policy Research particularly significant at a time when we have collectively faced death
Queen's Speech 2021: BASW response
The Queen's Speech provides the government with an opportunity to highlight its priorities for the months ahead...
BASW submits consultation response to DHSC as part of proposed Mental Health Act reforms
BASW also submitted an accompanying letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, highlighting issues that we feel are fundamental to improving the operation of the MHA, but which BASW...
BASW CEO Blog - 'The voice and influence of social work in Europe'
Ruth Allen CEO highlights the purpose and role of the Council of Europe - and its huge importance to social work in these uncertain times.
BASW responds to Government’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’
Any plan that does not centre the rights and dignity of people of all ages is not an immigration and asylum system that we could support.
SWU Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
The Social Workers Union fully supports Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. This week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental...
BASW responds to concerns about the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM)
The BASW England Mental Health Group has discussed deep concerns about the High Intensity Network and SIM raised by practitioners and particularly by people with lived experience of using mental...
BASW empowers communities in Malawi to battle Covid-19
International funding used to educate hard-to-reach communities on Covid-19 vaccination.
2021 Elections: What happened?
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an overview of last week's elections...
BASW supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
This year's theme is 'Nature' and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health...
BASW England launches Homes not Hospitals campaign
The BASW England Homes not Hospitals campaign has been launched because too many people with learning disabilities and autistic adults are being failed by the housing and care system
BASW member blog: The ASYE's facing discrimination
Newly qualified social workers of colour and/or have disabilities face inequalities in their ASYE journey. I think I know why…
BASW England Manifesto gains support from policymakers
As part of BASW England's commitment to engage with politicians around social work, we created a manifesto with the six issues that we would be campaigning on over the coming year...
AMHPs can help people in debt crisis access 'Breathing Space' scheme
The scheme pauses interest and debt charges while a person is receiving mental health treatment.
SWU Chair Carys Phillips announces that John McGowan will be standing for re-election
The General Secretary is the most senior staff position within SWU and the selected candidate will play a key role in taking the union forward in the next step of our development. John McGowan will...
This Week in Westminster - Friday 30 April 2021
Kerri Prince, BASW’s Public and Political Affairs Lead, gives an overview of what's been happening in Westminster this week...
BASW welcomes High Court challenge over ‘legacy benefits’
The rollout of Universal Credit is still ongoing and not due to be completed until 2024, which means some people that are still on those legacy benefits have been £20 out of pocket compared to...
Webinar: EU Settlement Scheme for Looked After Children and Care Leavers
BASWs Head of Policy and Research Luke Geoghegan chaired a session organised by The Children’s Society and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit about children in care from the EU who need to...
BASW England publishes Manifesto for 2021/2022
BASW England has made it a priority to engage with politicians across the country
Vaccines and Testing: The reality for social workers
Find out the reality on vaccines and testing for social workers in Scotland
Covid deaths in India have passed 200,000 today.
India has seen more cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days than any other country.
Scottish Elections 2021
Find out how the main parties manifesto pledges align with the Asks in our Manifesto for social work
Celebrate SWU’s 10th Anniversary with Us
The Social Workers Union is pleased to announce plans for our upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration. Join us on June 12 – 21 for an online celebration of the history and future of SWU.
IPPR seeks members for Health and Care Workforce Assembly
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is looking for volunteers to join its Health and Care Workforce Assembly which will act as an advisory group about how crises occur in the health and...
A conversation with BASW Anti-Racism Lead Wayne Reid
We speak to Wayne about his experiences and perspectives as a Black social worker – alongside his vision for developing genuine anti-racist practice across the profession and wider society
SASW Team Weekly Roundup
Find out what the team in Scotland have been doing on behalf of members this week
BASW comments as jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd
‘We must not become complacent- as we still have a mountain to climb to ensure we eradicate institutional, structural, and systemic racism.’
Assaults on social workers petition will get a Government response
The petition now has over 10,000 signatures.
This Week in Westminster: Friday 16 April
Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster
50-4-50 Challenge: Help raise vital funding for the Social Workers' Benevolent Trust
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, SWBT is delighted to launch the 50-4-50 Challenge to raise the profile of SWBT, as well as secure vital additional funding.
Government Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes
BASW would like to hear your views so that we can submit a response to the consultation from BASW membership. Please do feed your views to us by taking this short anonymous survey.
Mental Health Tribunals Scotland: The views and experiences of patients, named persons, practitioners and members project
Mental Health Tribunal Scotland are recruiting people with lived experience of tribunals as part of their ongoing project.
BASW Blog: One social worker’s extraordinary effort to protect a child from being groomed
On 17th March 2021, following a three week trial, three of five defendants [link to story] were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of child sexual exploitation offences. This important verdict...
Local Elections 2021: Messages to social workers from Mayoral candidates
BASW has approached candidates across some of the Mayoral elections in England, to seek their views and vision for social work in their respective regions.
Smacking Ban Campaign: Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill – protecting adults and children from violence
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is looking forward to a virtual roundtable on April 23rd with a wide cohort of stakeholders and Parliamentarians to discuss the smacking ban campaign, next steps and...
SASW’s Week for World Social Work Month
SASW delivered events in the last week of March to celebrate World Social Work Month. See what we got up to and some of our commitments as a result of these conversations
BASW England releases new Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers
The guide was developed in collaboration with valued stakeholders including Women’s Aid, Galop, Southall Black Sisters, Sign Health, Karma Nirvana, Respect, AVA, Ann Craft Trust, Dr Michaela Rogers...
Children in care, poverty and Parliament
An update on the campaign to retain the £20 Universal Credit uplift.
BASW comments on the Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities Report March 2021
‘A government gaslighting initiative with little merit’
Mapping anti-racism activism across Social Work - get involved!
Wayne Reid, BASW Anti-Racism Lead invites social workers to share examples of anti-racism activism
The Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) Leads Network comments on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report
Focus on the section considering mental health,
A Vaccination Passport?
BASW explores the idea and possible impact of vaccine passports on social work
Social workers should feel safe at work - petition launched
BASW and SWU launch petition calling on government to add social workers to the list of professions that it is an additional offence to assault.
BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines for people in England
People in care homes resident in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12th April 2021.
SWU Blog: World Autism Awareness Week 2021
BASW England and the Social Workers Union highlight the 'Homes Not Hospitals' campaign for World Autism Awareness Week 2021. BASW England and the Autism Alliance will launch a suite of...
BASW CEO Ruth Allen marks the end of World Social Work Month
Vlog by CEO Ruth Allen: Celebrating world social work day and a month of activities throughout March 2021
COVID testing for all Front Line Social Workers
Message from the Pandemic Delivery Response Lead, Adult Social Care, Directorate for Social Care and Mental Health, Scottish Government Routine asymptomatic Covid testing for all Front Line Social...
New staff join BASW as organisation steps up commitment to anti-racism and wider equality, diversity and inclusion action
Together, they will work collaboratively with members and colleagues to support the delivery of BASW’s equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy - alongside exploring how anti-oppressive and...
SWU Blog: International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021
International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is an annual event observed around the world on March 31. SWU Stands in solidarity with SWU and BASW trans and non-binary members and their right to...
More than 50% of children in care who are EU nationals yet to register for EUSS
There is a risk that many children and young people across the UK will find themselves to have no legal status in the UK as of 1st July.
Social Workers Union and Bath Spa University begin new research on reflective supervision best practices
It is well known that one of the best support mechanisms for the psychological wellbeing of social workers is support from both peers and managers. Over the last three years SWU, BASW, and Dr...