Employment troubles

As a BASW member you can access advice from BASW Advice and Representation, a team of qualified social workers, for professional and regulatory help. 

We advise over 1,500 members every year.

Some members can face a range of employment issues, from discrimination and misconduct allegations to accessing training and employment tribunals.

Our team of qualified social workers understand the issues you face and are able to advise and represent you at regulatory councils.


Social Workers Union

The Social Workers Union (SWU) is a trade union dedicated to social work professionals and is run by social workers. 

Only a trade union can guarantee representation in hearings before an employer. SWU is the fastest growing trade union in the UK with 15,000 members. Opting in to SWU means you’ll receive guaranteed protection at employer hearings and representation from SWU Trade Union officials. Plus: 

  • Save on professional development courses
  • 10% discount on legal fees
  • Free financial health check

As a BASW member you can opt in to the Social Workers Union from £2.08 per month (83p per month for students) for employment representation at internal hearings (subject to eligibility).  

Please note: You are entitled to telephone advice and telephone support from the first day of your membership. You will be entitled to representation after the three month qualifying period. Please note that to qualify for representation, the issue cannot have been a known pre-existing issue or active during this three month qualifying period.

Full details of the Social Workers Union can be viewed here.