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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

Open letter to the Minister - registration fee increase SSSC

On February 13 the SSSC announced an increase in its fees for registration of the social services workforce by September 2017. Social workers' fees increase from £30 to £80. SASW members have commented on this and we have requested the Minister to review this.

1st April 2017

Gypsy Travellers, Human Rights and Social Work

Gypsy Traveller Community Members, social workers, IRISS and SASW collaborated in producing an evidence summary which was launched in Glasgow on March 24, 2017. The IRISS Insight aims to be the start of lasting change

26th March 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

Information sharing provisions Ch and YP (Scotland) Act 2014- Named Person

Following the Supreme Court's judgement, John Swinney MSP, the Deputy First Minister, announced in the Scottish Parliament on 07 03 2017 that he will bring forward a Bill that will include new provisions on when and how information can be shared by and with the Named Person's service

7th 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

New expert healthy relationships group to advise on curriculum

The panel will provide advice and support on issues relating to the delivery of healthy relationships education within the curriculum. This includes a range of areas including improving understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, respect and consent, sexism and bullying.

1st March 2017

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