Press Releases

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SASW Awards: our winners

press release on the day of our 2016 Awards- World SW Day 2017

26th March 2017

BASW response to revision of statutory guidance on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children

BASW response to revision of statutory guidance on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children

20th March 2017

Just 3% of social workers surveyed by BASW England consider NAAS to be value for money

Lack of consultation with the sector, prohibitive cost and an adverse effect on recruitment and retention have emerged as key issues for BASW England members surveyed on government proposals for a National Assessment and Accreditation System for child and family social workers (NAAS).

16th March 2017

BLOG: Aspiring for excellence in how we support, empower and safeguard older people

BASW Chief Executive Dr Ruth Allen responds to the recent BBC File on 4 programme Neglect: The Story of UK Homecare

2nd March 2017

BASW: Credit to MPs on SRE but more to be done

Following today’s announcement from Government that from the age of four, children will receive compulsory relationships education in all schools in England, BASW has welcomed this strengthening of children’s rights. Children will also be taught, at an appropriate age, about sex. Parents will retain the right to withdraw their children from these classes.

1st March 2017

BASW: LGA right to call for new money for social care from Local Government Finance Settlement

As the Local Government Association (LGA) today warns Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent further extensive cuts to local services next year, BASW is endorsing the LGA´s call for government to use the final Local Government Finance Settlement this month to provide new money for social care.

20th February 2017

Chair of Independent Root and Branch Review of Care System in Scotland announced

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has appointed Fiona Duncan, CEO of the Lloyds TSB Foundation as Chair of the Independent Review of the Care System

17th February 2017

BASW Chair would walk 100 miles to proclaim against austerity

Boot Out Austerity! Social Workers Walking For Social Justice

1st February 2017

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

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