Press Releases

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PSW magazine survey highlights poor working conditions for social workers

Nearly two thirds of social workers who responded to a survey in PSW (Professional Social Work) magazine say their office is unfit for purpose.

18th December 2015

BLOG: Integration with health will not be the answer to the social care funding crisis

BASW Professional Officer Joe Godden assesses how the Care Act is working in practice.

17th December 2015

BLOG: #JusticeforLB campaign represents the many, not the few

BASW Professional Officer Joe Godden says the #JusticeforLB campaign has given a voice to adults with learning disabilities.

17th December 2015

BASW: Social workers should allow parents to record conversations

As family court transparency charity the Transparency Project today publishes guidance about the recording of social workers by parents where there is local authority involvement, BASW Vice Chair Maggie Mellon said social workers should allow such recording and be happy to put their practice “on the record”.

17th December 2015

BASW: Rise in incidents of domestic abuse ‘an epidemic’

As Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report a 31% increase in reported cases of domestic abuse between 2013 and 2015, BASW Professional Officer Nushra Mansuri has described it as an ‘epidemic’.

15th December 2015

BASW: CSR - We need virtuous, not vicious, economic choices

BASW has called for greater cohesion in the planning of services following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. The main announcement regarding social care was local authorities being given the green light to increase council tax by 2% each year, provided this is ring-fenced to adult social care. Mental health is to receive a £600m investment, while children’s social care spending has remained static at more than £300m per year.

26th November 2015

Survivors break silence in report revealing devastating impact of CSA

BASW is supporting a new report launched by charity One in Four that reveals the devastating long-term impact of child sexual abuse on individuals and society and calls for greater awareness by health-related professionals and better access to specialist treatment services for survivors.

24th November 2015

BASW: Review of residential care “unnecessary and costly repetition”

BASW members have expressed concerns that the review of children’s residential care will not be an authentic consultation with the sector and is actually an attempt to extend the Government’s privatisation agenda.

3rd November 2015

BASW response to Law Commission on Mental Capacity & DoLs

BASW response to Law Commission on Mental Capacity & DoLs

2nd November 2015

BASW joins social work collective call for action to help refugees

Social workers welcome refugees to the UK – joint statement and call for action by the Association of Professors of Social Work (APSW), British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUC SWEC) and Social Work Action Network (SWAN)

30th October 2015

BASW: Service users need to take a lead role in mental health debate

Following a week in Westminster where mental health has been a hot topic, BASW England says service users need to be placed in a central position in this debate.

18th September 2015

BASW: Corbyn victory shows Government out of touch on privatisation

BASW Chief Executive Bridget Robb says the swell of support for Jeremy Corbyn as new Leader of the Labour Party shows how out of touch the Government is about the public appetite for privatisation.

14th September 2015

BASW: PCF review ‘first step in wider discussion’

BASW CEO Bridget Robb has described the publication of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) review as ‘the first step in a wider discussion of its future’. As the preferred bidder for the College of Social Work (TCSW) assets, BASW is currently in discussion regarding the transfer of ownership and hosting of the PCF once TCSW officially closes at the end of September. The PCF review was commissioned by the government before the TCSW closure announcement and was prompted by a range of changes in the professional and policy environment for social work, including the introduction of Knowledge and Skills Statements from the two Chief Social Workers.

11th September 2015

Refugee vigil in Edinburgh: A pledge of solidarity from World’s social workers

Social workers attending the IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) European conference will come together to pledge support for refugees in a candlelit vigil.

7th September 2015

BASW: Social workers have ethical duty to support asylum seekers and refugees

BASW is calling on the British Government to receive those fleeing war, persecution, and devastation in their home countries with respect and dignity and is urging its members to sign a petition to up the number of refugees being accepted into the UK.

4th September 2015

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