Press Releases

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Care Act helping but cuts and lack of resources limiting true potential, BASW survey finds

A survey by BASW England’s Adults Policy, Practice and Education Group found the Act was helping to improve practice and make safeguarding personal. But social workers said their ability to enhance people’s wellbeing and achieve the goal of preventing, reducing or delaying need for care and support was limited by lack of resource.

19th October 2016

SASW pledges support to care system review

SASW has pledged to support the “root and branch” review of Scotland’s care system announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the weekend.

18th October 2016

BASW: NAO report shows “pressing need” for national improvement strategy

As a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) analysis details an “unsatisfactory and inconsistent” picture of the quality of children’s social work across the country, BASW Chief Executive Dr Ruth Allen said there is a “pressing need” for a strategy to enable improvement across all local authorities.

12th October 2016

SASW seeks members’ views on registration fee hike

SASW is seeking members’ views on proposed changes to fees paid by registrants of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

3rd October 2016

SASW calls for “informed debate” to address challenges raised by Accounts Commission

SASW calls for “informed debate” to address challenges raised by Accounts Commission

22nd September 2016

SWU: Need to ‘protect the protectors’ greater than ever

The rapid growth of the UK’s only dedicated union for social workers shows the increasing need for protection in the workplace, says John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union (SWU).

22nd September 2016

Adoption Enquiry calls for evidence - extended deadline

BASW is calling for evidence from young people who have been adopted, parents, social workers, managers, family justice professionals, policymakers and academics to underpin a year-long research study on the role of the social worker in adoption.

19th September 2016

Social work essential in preventing mental health crises say MPs

Social workers play a vital role in preventing mental health crises and should be given more scope to practice their skills, an inquiry into mental health services in England has found.

14th September 2016

BASW: Moves must be made to reassure survivors following resignation of IICSA Chair

BASW response to CSA Inquiry Chair resignation

5th August 2016

BASW to Minister: Time for honest dialogue on student bursaries

BASW has written to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP to urge action on social work bursaries. Social work students say they have been left in limbo by the Department of Health’s delay in processing bursary applications for the next academic year, due to begin in September.

2nd August 2016

SASW: Partnership approach need to safeguard human rights following Named Persons appeal

As the Supreme Court in London allows an appeal brought by opponents of the Scottish Government’s controversial ‘Named Persons’ scheme, the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has said a partnership approach is needed to safeguard the rights of children and families.

28th July 2016

BASW England response to Narey residential care report

BASW England has welcomed Sir Martin Narey’s call for social workers to play an integral role in residential care. Sir Martin Narey’s report, Residential Care in England, was commissioned by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education in October 2015 and examines the role of residential care within the wider care system.

6th July 2016

Call for evidence - Adult Social Care Inquiry

The Communities and Local Government Committee has announced an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority care and the quality of care provided.

6th July 2016

Chilcot: Social workers must remain active against human rights abuses says BASW CEO

As Sir John Chilcot’s long awaited report of the Iraq Inquiry concludes that “the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted”, BASW Chief Executive Dr Ruth Allen says social workers must remain active against human rights abuses as part of a global profession.

6th July 2016

Joint statement on the Children and Social Work Bill

BASW has joined a number of other organisations to issue a joint statement on the Children and Social Work Bill which is currently before Parliament. The Bill proposes a number of reforms, including the creation of a new regulator for social work.

1st July 2016

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