Benefits of BASW Membership

As a member, you will receive a range of benefits that will enable you to continue your development through conferences and seminars, networking opportunities and reference materials. We provide our members in working categories with £5 million of professional indemnity insurance cover and for those who sign up to our Independents Plus package an additional £5 million of public liability insurance.

Code of Ethics

BASW’s Code of Ethics for social work practice is the definitive set of principles for social work practice in the UK. Being a member means to also demonstrate good social work practice by following the Code of Ethics.

Protecting you at work

Your membership includes £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover and we offer a free advice service and representation before your regulatory body. We advise you to opt-in to SWU to get employment protection and representation before your employer.

Professional development

BASW helps you stay up-to-date and informed through our superb range of sector-leading publications including Professional Social Work (PSW), British Journal of Social Work and Practice: Social Work in Action.


BASW has networks of local activity which means we are never far away when you need us or if you want to use your membership in order to reach like-minded professionals or further your professional development.

Unmissable events

BASW hosts and supports a number of conferences and seminars aimed at helping you with your practice and with your re-registration requirements.

Supporting Independent Social Workers

‘Independent’ and ‘Independent Plus’ insurance packages are available exclusively to BASW members. Fees are in addition to BASW membership subscriptions at £5 or £15.

Membership Benefits at a Glance ...

  PSW Student Newly
Full Independent Independent+
PSW magazine delivered to your door            
An online CPD tool to maintain your training and development record            
Exclusive access to Online Content            
Free/discounted BASW events and training to support your CPD            
Recognition – use MBASW after your name            
A say in how we are run            
Regular e-bulletins straight to your inbox            
Regular policy and practice consultations            
Access to special interest groups and branches            
International identity as a professional social worker            
Discount of 30% on books and events            
Substantial discounts on the British Journal of Social Work and Practice Social Work in Action (optional additions)            
Preferential annual conference invitations            
Independents: listing in the online business directory            

Get Protected

Free advice service and representation at regulatory councils            
£5 million Professional Indemnity Insurance            
£5 million Public Liability Insurance            

Ways to join


The quickest and easiest method is to join online using our secure website. The website will work out the fees for you automatically based on the information you provide and you will be able to complete your application by submitting your Direct Debit or credit card details.

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Paper form

If you would prefer to fill in and send back the paper form, please download it and return it to: Membership, BASW, Wellesley House, 37 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP.

Download the paper form