Never knowingly undersold: social workers, not accountants, should have say on assessments
BASW has countered a report by public spending watchdog The Audit Commission, which suggests the adult social care funding gap could be plugged by using unqualified staff to complete assessments,...
Cuts to Working Together guidance will lead to less protection for disabled children
BASW has warned that proposed changes to child protection guidance may exacerbate the risk of abuse faced by disabled children, as Ofsted publish a new study of 173 cases in 12 local authorities,...
Social workers urged to contribute to consultation on psychosis and schizophrenia
BASW is urging members to contribute to an important consultation to develop clinical practice guidance on children and young people with psychosis or schizophrenia, for use in the NHS in England,...
Blog: It’s got to be Dilnot
BASW England manager Ruth Cartwright responds to today’s press reports of a government U-turn on social care funding for the elderly.
BASW: Witchcraft abuse action plan positive, but must be backed by more training for social workers
BASW has welcomed moves to empower social workers and other professionals to confront cases of “witchcraft abuse”, following the publication of the government’s national action plan to tackle child...
Dawn McKenzie murder sentencing – foster carers should not be deterred by tragic but isolated case
Following today’s sentencing of a 14 year old boy for killing his foster carer Dawn McKenzie; the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has described the case as “highly unusual”, and hopes that...
BASW: Without regulation, Code of Conduct for care staff risks being “paper tiger”
Following the Winterbourne View serious case review, BASW is urging the government to impose statutory regulation on the employment of care staff, so that the proposed Code of Conduct can be properly...
Winterbourne View SCR: Put social workers at the heart of care for adults with learning disabilities
Following today’s publication of the serious case review on Winterbourne View, the private hospital where abuse of patients with learning disabilities was uncovered through secret filming by the BBC...
BASW: IoP putting profit before best practice
BASW has debunked the Institute of Psychiatry’s (IoP) explanation of its decision to scrap the MSc Mental Health Social Work, accusing the Institute of putting profit before good practice.
There’s no ‘honour’ in child abuse – Shafilea Ahmed verdict
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog on Shafilea Ahmed’s parents being found guilty of her murder
Baby Peter five years on – government must strengthen child protection services not diminish them
Ahead of tomorrow’s five year anniversary of the tragic death of Baby Peter Connolly, BASW has renewed its call for the government to make child protection a priority and support professionals...
BASW: “Optimistic” on social worker regulation switch
BASW is ‘optimistic’ about the future of social worker registration following today’s move of regulation of social workers in England from the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care...
Global conference commits to new guidance on child sexual abuse
A gathering of social workers from around the world has committed to the urgent development of new guidance aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.
BASW Cymru report – July/August 2012
BASW Cymru's report, rounding up the latest developments in social work over recent weeks.
SASW report – July/August 2012
SASW's Tim Parkinson offers a round up of events related to the Scottish Association of Social Work and the wider profession over recent weeks.
NIASW report – July/August 2012
An update from NIASW's staff team on developments within the Northern Ireland social work scene over the past few weeks.
Louise Casey is right but social workers won’t welcome being “taught to suck eggs”
BASW has welcomed the recognition by government adviser Louise Casey that many so called “troubled” families need to be better understood and worked with, rather than lectured, but questioned why she...
Changes to adult social care laws could make life easier for social workers
BASW England's Joe Godden considers the impact of law changes proposed in the adult care white paper on assessments, eligibility and more.
Changes to adult social care laws could make life easier for social workers
BASW has described proposed changes to the legislation underpinning adult social care, part of the government’s care and support white paper published on 11 July, as having the potential to make life...
Remploy closures “an act of vandalism”
BASW and its trade union arm the Social Workers Union (SWU) has described the closure of half of Remploy’s factories, which offer work for disabled people “an act of vandalism”.
Why not Dilnot? Government must not “shy away” from its recommendations
BASW is calling for the immediate implementation of the extra funding proposed by the Dilnot Commission and for the government to entrench reforms of social care by giving social workers a definitive...
BASW: New guidance will give doctors more confidence to report abuse
The General Medical Council’s (GMC) pledge to back doctors who report suspected child abuse, even if their fears are later proved groundless, has been endorsed by BASW.
BASW: Vulnerable families need help, not condemnation
BASW has endorsed a report by three UK children’s charities which warns that the number of children living in vulnerable families in Britain is likely to rise to over one million by 2015.
BASW urges government to keep adoption policy in proportion
Commenting on government plans to compel councils to consider placing children with approved adopters and remove what ministers have described as “groundless doubts about whether ‘Fostering for...
Wales celebrates social work success in Cardiff
Two social workers with a combined seven decades of experience in practice were among the big winners at the BASW Cymru Social Work Awards 2011.
2012 Student/NQSW survey launched – £50 Amazon prizes up for grabs
Students and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) could win one of six £50 Amazon vouchers if they take part in BASW’s 2012 annual survey of their experiences of training, supervision and...
Local authorities respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey
Among the 17 local authorities to respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey at the time of going to press, many accepted that social workers were under pressure, particularly in children’s...
BASW urges Government to invest in residential care of children
BASW has called for radical improvement to current residential care facilities, and a right for children to be cared for near to their own communities, following reforms announced by Children’s...
Northern Ireland social workers honoured
Social workers, social services teams and voluntary organisations were honoured at the Social Work Awards in Northern Ireland in June.
HPC launches new proficiency standards for social workers in England
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has published new proficiency standards for social workers in England ahead of assuming regulatory responsibility for the profession from the General Social Care...
The average social worker in England is 46 and female
An assessment of 11 years in the life of the soon to be deceased General Social Care Council has shown an overwhelmingly female profession in England, a mixed racial background and an average age of...
BASW Cymru 2013 Social Work Awards
Each year BASW Cymru organises the Social Work Awards, highlighting the successful practice demonstrated by social work professionals throughout Wales.
Concerns persist about axing student register as HPC launches temporary measures
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has responded to significant concerns about its abolition of student registration by launching a new ‘suitability scheme’ to oversee education providers in the...
BASW members reaffirm support for UK College negotiations
BASW members used the Association’s Annual General Meeting to unanimously reaffirm support for ongoing negotiations with The College of Social Work (TCSW), with the aim of securing a unified UK...
New push on BASW transparency
A motion proposing greater BASW transparency in “opening up its business to members” was passed unanimously.
Social Workers Union launches ‘Operation Speak Out’
BASW’s trade union arm the Social Workers Union is dealing with increasing calls from members as escalating workplace challenges impact on working conditions, prompting the Association to launch a...
SWET hands out £14,000 in CPD funding
BASW’s Social Workers Educational Trust awarded £14,000 worth of grants for applicants seeking to further their learning during 2010/11
BASW honours three members with lifetime awards
BASW’s AGM concluded with the award of Honorary Life Membership to three longstanding members for their dedication and contribution to BASW’s work over the past 40 years.
BASW “thriving” says chief executive
BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson offered a glowing analysis of the Association’s current state in his annual report to members.
Full news and updates from the 2012 BASW AGM
A collection of news articles and updates from the 2012 BASW AGM.
BASW increases charity funding as social worker debt levels rise
BASW has increased the funding it provides for social workers facing financial difficulty, as evidence grows that more and more hard-up professionals are falling into debt.
Protection of title comes out top in GSCC ‘most influential policy’ poll
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) has marked its imminent demise by publishing a poll in which more than half of all social work respondents named ‘protection of title’ as the policy which has...
Launch of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitments to Action
Three global organizations join forces to make an impact on social development. The three international social work, education and social development bodies have committed to working together with...
BASW: Government’s red tape move ‘disingenuous’
BASW has described government proposals to slim down child protection guidance as “disingenuous”.
Full details of BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference on 14 June
BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place on 14 June, pursuing the following themes: 1. The implications for the profession of the BASW’s State of Social Work survey 2. The latest situation in...
BASW tells Pickles to stop bullying the poor
Commenting on plans to be unveiled tomorrow by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that all 152 top-level councils in England will be incentivised to send in “trouble-shooters” to deal with problem...
Rise in neglect reports to NSPCC – impact of the recession cannot be ignored
New figures released by the NSPCC show that reports of neglect to its helpline have doubled over the last two years to reach record levels.
Family Justice Review: “How will a 26 week limit work when we don’t have capacity in the system?”
BBC Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales programme has found ‘considerable variation’ between the time taken by family courts to permanently remove children considered “at risk”.
BASW Cymru submits response to Social Services (Wales) Bill
BASW Cymru has submitted its full response to the Social Services (Wales) Bill, which is aimed at providing legislative backing for the changes outlined in the Welsh Government’s white paper, ‘...
Wales survey finds social workers getting supervision in Tesco
Nearly a quarter of social workers in Wales surveyed in a snapshot poll do not receive professional supervision, despite the vast majority of employers having a clear supervision policy.
SASW announces CPD programme
Scottish Association of Social Workers ( SASW – part of BASW) is committed to promoting the continued professional development of social workers.
Cafcass research – “increasing demand must be matched by resources”
Commenting on new research from Cafcass that claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.
‘Baby P’ social workers lose appeal: five years on, social workers still afraid to whistleblow
Gillie Christou and Maria Ward , two social workers involved in the case of Baby Peter Connelly, have lost their appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that they were fairly sacked, prompting...
Northern Ireland Shared Service Plan: a blow for employees and service users
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has criticised relocation plans that will leave some health administration workers in Derry with a choice between long commutes or the...
Progress on Munro, but child protection system still getting worse
Commenting on Professor Eileen Munro’s progress report into the review of the child protection system.
Blog: Sexual exploitation of children
BASW member Janet Foulds has written a Guardian blog "Child grooming – what social workers should know".
Blog: BASW Cymru on a new CPD framework for social workers
BASW Cymru deputy chair Carol Davies offers an insight into the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL): A Framework for Social Workers in Wales, outlining what it means for...
Social workers fear for vulnerable children as cuts push system to breaking point
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog Our social workers are cleaning toilets instead of protecting children.
Peterborough SCR points to wider child protection challenges
BASW has called for a “sustained governmental commitment” to child protection following the publication of a serious case review examining the circumstances prior to the murder of five-year-old Tyler...