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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

Tell your story to increase understanding of social work

Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo is working with the Northern writers Centre and University of Newcastle to publish an anthology of fictional short stories to be written by well-known UK authors.

13th February 2015

Politicians face grilling from social workers on the future of services in the West Midlands

Representatives from five political parties are to be quizzed on their policies by the region’s social workers. The Black Country Branch of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is hosting a hustings event at Wolverhampton University on Thursday, 19 February. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.

13th February 2015

Social Work Reform Unit invites expression of interest in early adopter teaching partnerships

The Department for Education’s Social Work Reform Unit is inviting social work teaching partnerships to express interest in becoming an early adopter teaching partnership in 2015-16.

11th February 2015

FGM: social workers should not take on the role of the police

As the Home Office analyses the response to a consultation on Introducing mandatory reporting for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), BASW has warned against blurring the boundaries between social work and other agencies such as the police and health.

11th February 2015

BASW joins Professionals for Information Privacy coalition

BASW, The Law Society, Bar Council and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have come together as the Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to express a shared concern in response to the current proposals contained in the draft code of practice for RIPA.

10th February 2015

Frontline response to BASW news release: You cannot buy experience: BASW concerns over new Frontline management scheme

Frontline response to BASW news release: You cannot buy experience: BASW concerns over new Frontline management scheme

5th February 2015

You cannot buy experience: BASW concerns over new Frontline management scheme

BASW has raised questions over the allocation of £1.8m from the Department for Education children’s social care innovation programme to Frontline for its ‘Firstline prototype’ training scheme for first-line managers in children’s social care.

4th February 2015

BASW: Rotherham CSE – “No quick fixes – we need to remain vigilant”

Following claims that victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham continue to be let down and that problem’s worse than ever, local MP Sarah Champion is leading calls for a national task force to be established to combat the problem. Ms. Champion told Sky News she has been "overwhelmed" with new cases coming to her for help and advice.

29th January 2015

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