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Wales' Minister for Social Services and Public Health sends support to Boot Out Austerity walkers

Wales' Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans has issued a statement in support of the social workers protesting against the policies of austerity being pursued by the UK Government.

20th April 2017

A Tribute to Bill McKitterick

A Tribute to Bill McKitterick

20th April 2017

BASW: Requirement for women to reveal rape or coercion to gain third child tax credit or benefit an 'unethical low in welfare reform'

This month sees the introduction of a raft of benefit and tax credit changes across the UK. Although they were passed by the previous administration, they are only now being enacted. As such, these changes will take many people by surprise, including social workers and other professionals working with people who receive benefits.

13th April 2017

Ken Loach endorses Boot Out Austerity!

The international award-winning film director, Ken Loach, has endorsed Boot Out Austerity!, in which a group of social workers will be walking 100 miles from Birmingham to Liverpool later this month. They will be setting off from the new head office of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in Birmingham on Wednesday 19th April, to arrive in Liverpool on Tuesday 25th April, the day before BASW’s annual Conference and AGM. The idea for the walk came to Guy Shennan, BASW Chair, late last year.

10th April 2017

BASW pledges support for Reker Ahmed

BASW would like to pledge support for Reker Ahmed, a 17 year old asylum seeker who was attacked in Croydon on 31 March. We are deeply saddened by Reker’s ordeal.

6th April 2017

BASW response to revision of statutory guidance on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children

BASW response to revision of statutory guidance on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children

20th March 2017

Just 3% of social workers surveyed by BASW England consider NAAS to be value for money

Lack of consultation with the sector, prohibitive cost and an adverse effect on recruitment and retention have emerged as key issues for BASW England members surveyed on government proposals for a National Assessment and Accreditation System for child and family social workers (NAAS).

16th March 2017

BLOG: Aspiring for excellence in how we support, empower and safeguard older people

BASW Chief Executive Dr Ruth Allen responds to the recent BBC File on 4 programme Neglect: The Story of UK Homecare

2nd March 2017

BASW: Credit to MPs on SRE but more to be done

Following today’s announcement from Government that from the age of four, children will receive compulsory relationships education in all schools in England, BASW has welcomed this strengthening of children’s rights. Children will also be taught, at an appropriate age, about sex. Parents will retain the right to withdraw their children from these classes.

1st March 2017

BASW: LGA right to call for new money for social care from Local Government Finance Settlement

As the Local Government Association (LGA) today warns Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent further extensive cuts to local services next year, BASW is endorsing the LGA´s call for government to use the final Local Government Finance Settlement this month to provide new money for social care.

20th February 2017

New Book Aims to Get Behind the Headlines to Offer New Insights for Social Workers and Psychologists

A new book, written by two academics at the University of Worcester, aims to encourage social workers to get back to the ‘personal’ touch.

13th February 2017

Deaths in Prison Custody

The Ministry of Justice has released the figures for Deaths in prison and rates by apparent cause by calendar year since 1978 for England and Wales. I have summarised the figures given at 5 years intervals.

3rd February 2017

BASW Chair would walk 100 miles to proclaim against austerity

Boot Out Austerity! Social Workers Walking For Social Justice

1st February 2017

BASW England's Personal Reflection: Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

BASW England's personal reflection on Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

26th January 2017

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