BASW membership has passed 17,000 for the first time in the Association’s history, with record numbers in all four UK countries.
Membership growth is in excess of 11% over the last twelve months with a 33% boost in Independent members; membership of the Social Workers Union (SWU) has grown by 40% over the last two years.
Over half of those joining, do so for the range of membership benefits and specifically for the protection BASW membership offers. 46% of new members cite joining their professional association as ‘the right thing to do’.
One new member told BASW: “Membership is affirmation and responsibility of being a professional social worker”.
BASW chair Guy Shennan said: “Our growing size is a testament to BASW’s strength and the benefits that membership offers. We have no intention to be complacent, however, and we are always looking for ways to develop, to increase our relevance for social workers and to promote and strengthen social work as a profession.”
Other comments from new members on what BASW membership means to them:
“As a first year MA student, it is reassuring to know that I am supported and that current information is available to me in regard to the PCF and standards”
“I am an independent social worker but wanted to be part of an organisation representing social workers as a whole”
“To assist me in learning more about relevant social issues alongside my studies”
“I wished to add my voice and support to a professional social work body”