Membership Categories

Qualified Over 5 Years

Members in the UK who have been qualified and who have worked in a social work post for over 5 years.

Qualified For Less Than 5 Years

Members in the UK who have been qualified and have worked in a social work post for less than 5 years.

Newly Qualified

This category is applicable to people who have been BASW student members and who are in their first year post-qualifying, whether they are in employment or not.

BASW supports newly qualified social workers in a number of ways, from offering mentoring services aimed at helping members to secure their first post, to advice and representation with employment matters that may arise as you commence your career in social work.

The monthly rate for newly qualified membership is £7.43, which offers a 50% discount on BASW’s category for members who are qualified and have been employed in a social work post for less than five years.

Students

This category is applicable to people who are students working towards a qualification recognised by BASW Council.

This category offers students access to advice and representation and Social Workers Union services, both for placements and course related issues. BASW is the only organisation to offer this protection to student social workers.

BASW’s insurance package for students covers social work placements only, and not any other work outside of their formal study programme.

The rate for this category is just £4.38 a month (equating to just £1.01 a week).

Independents

This category is applicable to people who want the benefits BASW offers for social workers who are self employed, who work for an agency or who, for whatever reason, want the additional protection of public liability insurance.

Independents is the fastest growing section of our BASW membership with over 1,700 members now subscribing to either of the enhanced membership packages, Independents Basic* and Independents Plus*. Due to this expanding area of both our organisation and the market, we are consistently launching new products and services to support members who practice independently.

* Both of these enhanced packages are in addition to BASW membership within a working category.

More Information about BASW Independents

Retired

BASW Membership is available at a special rate to those who have retired from the profession if they have been a BASW member for 5 years prior to retirement.

Life Members

This category is applicable to people who are over 55 and are existing members of BASW. It includes ongoing professional indemnity insurance.

The rate for this category is £1,000, a one-off fee for life. *

* Other enhancements, including Independents Basic and Independents Plus, or journal subscriptions, are in addition to the one-off fee.