To become a BASW member, you must be a qualified social worker or studying to be a social worker. If you’re not, contact the membership team about becoming an Associate member.

(Qualifications are checked as part of the application process. Overseas social workers will need qualifications to be verified before completing the online application. Please contact the membership team.)

Membership types

Employed (qualified over five years) - from £15.01/month

  • Includes £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover

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

Student - from £4.54/month

  • Includes access to study resources and career advice
  • Continue your student membership and receive 50% off membership fees for your first post-qualifying year of work

Students working towards a qualification recognised by the BASW Council. BASW is the only organisation to offer protection to student social workers. Student membership includes insurance for social work placements as part of study programmes and access to advice and representation services.

Independent - from £20.01/month

  • Includes £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover
  • ‘Plus’ package includes £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover and £5 million public liability cover  
  • Get listed in our specialist directory to attract work
  • Access professional development to specifically support your social work business including networking events

Self-employed social work professionals including those who work through an agency and require additional benefits, such as public liability insurance protection. BASW offers an Independent Basic and Plus add-on packages. Find out more about Independent membership services.

Employed (qualified for less than five years) - from £15.01/month

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

Retired - from £8.65/month

Keep in touch and continue to share your expertise as a retired member from £8.65 / month. BASW membership is offered as a special rate to retired social work professionals (as long as you’ve been a member for at least five years before retiring).

Unemployed or unpaid - from £10.11/month

This membership category is designed for social workers who are either  unpaid employment or unemployed and don’t require indemnity insurance cover.