The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is producing a range of UK policy statements and documents to guide members and to support best practice, as well as the Association's campaigning and lobbying work. The statements aim to support social work professionals in developing a strong sense of identity and to help uphold the integrity of the profession by developing policies in line with BASW's Code of Ethics.
BASW CPD Policy
The purpose of this policy is to clarify what BASW considers to be the professional rights and responsibilities of social workers in relation to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the essential role that BASW has in supporting members with their development. CPD is vital to ensure that social workers provide quality services, develop their practice and achieve good outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
BASW Human Rights Policy
The policy is for social workers in the United Kingdom (UK) but it is also important for employers as well as education and training providers. This document has three further sections: a definition of a rights based approach, the context informing the policy, and the BASW policy statement on a human rights based approach to social work.
BASW Supervision Policy
The purpose of the Supervision Policy is to clarify what BASW considers to be the professional rights of social workers in relation to supervision and the responsibilities of the agency, the worker and the supervisor. Supervision needs to be seen in the context of widespread agreement among professional social work bodies globally about the purpose, functions and importance of supervision.
BASW Social Media Policy
The purpose of this policy is to clarify what BASW considers to be the professional responsibilities of social workers and social work students, in relation to the increasing use of social media. As a professional body across the UK, BASW has developed a policy to support members to use social media appropriately and ensure practice is based on the BASW Code of Ethics.
BASW Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics states the values and ethical principles on which the profession is based. The Association has a duty to ensure as far as possible that its members discharge their ethical obligations and are afforded the professional rights necessary for the safeguarding and promotion of the rights of people who use social work services. People who use social work services may be individuals, families, other groups or communities.
BASW Code of Ethics Addendum
This addendum to the Code of Ethics highlights some additional responsibilities for independent social workers in relation to parts of Section 3, the Ethical practice principles. The particular principle(s) is identified in italics at the end of each responsibility below. The additional responsibilities apply to running a business, being an employer and having an independent practice
BASW/IFSW Policy on Effective and Ethical Working Environments for Social Work: The responsibilities of employers of social workers
This policy makes it clear that there are several factors which help to create the working environment but that employers have a significant responsibility. BASW strongly recommends that all employers of social workers, including independent social workers, and commissioners of social work services adopt this policy. Social workers should bring this policy to the attention of their employers so that they can be supported to work effectively and accordance with the BASW Code of Ethics (BASW 2012) and the IFSW Statement of Ethical Principles (IFSW 2004). The document has been adapted to reflect the UK context but the policy content is the same as the IFSW document.
BASW Whistleblowing Policy
The purpose of this policy is to clarify what BASW considers to be the rights, protections
and responsibilities of social workers in relation to whistleblowing and the essential role that
BASW has in supporting members. Being prepared to whistle blow is one of the practice
principles in the BASW Code of Ethics.
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