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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

BASW is supporting NSPCC expert panel - get involved

The NSPCC wants to better understand the issues and the pressures facing people who work in the children’s sector and is setting up a UK-wide panel made up of social workers, school nurses, health visitors and midwives – anyone in fact who works in the children’s sector.

4th June 2015

BASW Twitter debate on the social worker’s role in the age assessment of asylum seekers

BASW is hosting a Twitter debate on the social worker’s role in the age assessment of asylum seekers on Monday 8 June between 6pm and 8pm.

28th May 2015

Denise Robertson Daily Mail article - a response from BASW's Vice Chair

Maggie Mellon responds to the Daily Mail feature about Denise Robertson's new book.

28th May 2015

BASW: Fall in adoption rates should be first step in righting a wrong

BASW’s vice chair Maggie Mellon has described a fall in adoption orders following two landmark family court judgements as an opportunity to stop and think about what is really happening in the lives of our most vulnerable children.

14th May 2015

BASW PROGAR celebrates the 10th anniversary of the lifting of donor anonymity in assisted conception

BASW's Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR) is proudly celebrating the tenth anniversary of the lifting of donor anonymity for all sperm, egg and embryo donors whose donation is used to create a new life.

1st April 2015

Advice to BASW/SWU members re: proposed public sector industrial action 13 March

Advice to BASW/SWU members re: proposed public sector industrial action 13 March

9th March 2015

BASW: Further discussion needed on new CSE measures

The Prime Minister will reveal a package of new measures to combat child sexual exploitation (CSE) at a summit bringing together leaders from local authorities, children's services, health professionals, Chief Constables and experts in child protection today in Downing Street.

5th March 2015

BASW: Oxfordshire CSE SCR - Another sad day for the social work profession

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) has today published its serious case review (SCR) into the services provided to the victims of seven men convicted in 2013 of 59 offences of child sexual exploitation.

5th March 2015

BASW Cymru: Further discussion needed on new CSE measures

The Prime Minister will reveal a package of new measures to combat child sexual exploitation (CSE) at a summit bringing together leaders from local authorities, children's services, health professionals, Chief Constables and experts in child protection today in Downing Street.

4th March 2015

Blog: BASW expresses hesitant support for ‘Devo Manc’

As Chancellor George Osborne today signs off a £6bn deal dubbed ‘Devo Manc’ to give Greater Manchester control of its health budget, BASW professional officer Joe Godden assesses the pros and cons.

27th February 2015

Notts Historic CSA: BASW welcomes shift to ‘culture of belief’

Following claims by a former senior social worker that police failed to act on child abuse allegations in Nottinghamshire care homes on number of occasions, BASW has welcomed the shift to a ‘culture of belief’.

20th February 2015

BASW hits new membership high

BASW membership has passed 17,000 for the first time in the Association’s history, with record numbers in all four UK countries.

18th February 2015

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