Press Releases

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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

Social workers of Europe unite in Edinburgh for unique event

The biggest event of the year in the social work calendar will take place from 6-9 September, when hundreds of social workers from all over Europe gather in Edinburgh.

25th August 2015

BLOG: BASW Vice Chair - Stand Up for Social Work by Joining Us

BASW vice chair Maggie Mellon explains why social workers should join their professional association.

13th August 2015

BASW: Police have to share responsibility for missing young people

Following Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy’s comments on whether police officers were the best professionals to deal with young people who repeatedly go missing, BASW England Manager Maris Stratulis insists the responsibility must be shared between agencies.

7th August 2015

BASW: BAAF closure “regrettable loss of independent agency”

BASW Vice Chair Maggie Mellon says BAAF’s (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) closure is a "regrettable loss of an independent agency working to ensure that fostering and adoption work across the UK is of a high standard".

6th August 2015

BLOG: Is progress being made on the implementation of the Care Act?

BASW Professional Officer Joe Godden reflects on the initial stages of Care Act implementation

4th August 2015

Historic social work meeting agrees joint approach to safeguard and promote a valuable profession

A meeting of UK social work organisations has agreed to campaign collectively to safeguard their valuable profession.

31st July 2015

BASW: Care Act principles in danger of being lost due to patchy training for social workers

Following a survey of members, 75% of whom work in a local authority setting, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is highlighting a risk of the principles of the care act being lost due to patchy training for social workers. 60% of all respondents said training had been provided ‘in house’ by their employer.

30th June 2015

BASW gives social workers 2020 vision

The British Association of Social Workers is launching its newly agreed 2020 Vision for the future of the Association. In this statement of intent, BASW, the member-led professional association for social workers, sets out its aim to be the strong independent voice of social work and social workers.

26th June 2015

BASW statement on the closure of the College of Social Work

BASW statement on the closure of the College of Social Work

24th June 2015

Inspired by social work passion - BASW Chair reflects on austerity demo

Inspired by social work passion - BASW Chair reflects on austerity demo

22nd June 2015

Less than two weeks to respond to PCF review – your input counts

BASW England is urging all social workers, regardless of which area they work in, to respond to the review on the impact and effectiveness of The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

11th June 2015

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