Press Releases

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BASW: Mental health social workers must be central to policy change

CEO Dr Ruth Allen responds to the PM's 'Shared Society' speech.

9th January 2017

Tribute to David Colvin CBE, former head of SASW

David Colvin CBE, a major figure in Scottish social work and within BASW, has died aged 85.

19th December 2016

BASW: PAC report on child protection – consultation with the sector key to progress

As public spending watchdog the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) publishes a report showing progress has been "too slow" in the five and a half years since the Munro Report on child protection, BASW Chief Executive Dr Ruth Allen said good quality research and consultation with the social work profession is needed to really understand what works.

16th December 2016

“We need to get on with it” – New charter to improve social work with disabled people

Social workers and disabled people have jointly produced a charter to improve services for the people who use them. Starting in October 2015 with a premise of “We need to think big and be ambitious for each other”, a working group led by the national network of service users and disabled people Shaping Our Lives and BASW's Adults Policy, Practice and Education Group has now produced a charter for change.

30th November 2016

BASW: Forensic social work capabilities framework essential reading for social workers

Mental health social worker and BASW CEO Dr Ruth Allen has said the newly published forensic mental health social work capabilities framework is essential for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of new and established social workers.

18th November 2016

NIASW Celebrates a Lifetime of Achievement

At today’s Social Work Awards, hosted in the Armagh City Hotel, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) Chair, Marcella Leonard, awarded NIASW’s lifetime achievement award to Mrs Jean O’Neill.

17th November 2016

Lord Alf Dubs headlines BASW London social work with refugees event

Former child refugee Lord Alf Dubs will be the keynote speaker at a new collaborative event on social work with refugees and asylum seekers in London on Saturday.

17th November 2016

BLOG: Students – NIASW can help you ‘survive and thrive’ during placements

NIASW’s Anne McAllister explains how your professional body can help you to shine on your PLO.

17th November 2016

Social workers lobby Parliament on Children and Social Work Bill

BASW has organised a Social Work Lobby to enable social workers to raise their concerns with their MP about the Children & Social Work Bill. Social workers will also have an opportunity to meet with key ministers and shadow ministers.

15th November 2016

Obituary: Patrick Phelan - BASW Chairman 1980-1981

Obituary: Patrick Phelan - BASW Chairman 1980-1981

2nd November 2016

Minister to SASW delegates - Let’s End Taboo Over Mental Health

We need to be as comfortable talking about mental ill-health as we are about physical ill-health, new Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt has urged. Ms Watt – the first dedicated mental health minister in the UK – was speaking at the SASW's Annual Study Conference for mental health officers in Perth.

27th October 2016

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

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