Professional Development and Education

Introduction to ProfDE

Leading on continuing professional development is one of the most important roles for a professional association. It enables social workers to acquire new knowledge and skills as well as maintain and improve their standards across all areas of their practice.

ProfDE programmes will take account of the diversity in the social work qualifying and post-qualifying education landscape across the UK. The programme will assist social workers to meet the CPD requirements of all the UK regulators. It is part of BASW’s aim to be a ‘one stop’ online information portal for UK social work training and development on its new web site in early 2018.

BASW ProfDe is designed to accommodate the different regulatory requirements across the UK's four nations.

BASW assists social workers in this process in a variety of ways:

  • Providing guidance in relation to the regulatory frameworks across the UK and the resources to assist fulfilling these requirements
  • Helping you meet your CPD and career progression requirements and aspirations, whatever your role or level, through face to face learning opportunities
  • Developing a range of accessible online training modules through ProfDE online
  • Ensuring learning and development is rooted in evidence, excellent practice, our code of ethics and commitment to promoting social justice

Courses and masterclasses

BASW is currently developing a programme of activities which include direct training events, video masterclasses and webinars. We will be advertising an ongoing programme of events commencing November 2017 and the topics currently being commissioned include:

  • The Legal Interface for Children and Young People
  • 6 Day Social Work Leadership Programme
  • Management & Leadership for Social Workers short courses
  • Social Work Practice Educator
  • Assessment and Completing Form F
  • Mindfulness and Self Care for Social Workers
  • Making Supervision Meaningful
  • Preparation for Social Work Management
  • Lobbying and Political Influencing Skills

BASW Accreditation scheme

The BASW Accreditation scheme for providers of continuing professional development for social workers is now welcoming applications for the Individual Provider strand pilot and the Organisation strand live scheme. This scheme is open to all individuals or organisations who provide learning and development opportunities for social workers with the next application cut-off organised for Monday 4 June 2018. To find out more and/or submit an application, please email

The BASW Accreditation Scheme is also recruiting reviewers to evaluation applications and make recommendations to the Accreditation Review Panel.

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ProfDE Online

ProfDE online is the eLearning resource for BASW members.

Self-teaching and flexible working is increasingly important and reflected in a growing demand for online learning.

We are now developing a list of modules, masterclasses and podcasts thus providing a flexible, interactive way of keeping up to date with progressing your CPD across social work and social work specialisms, and which compliments other innovative BASW Prof DE activities.

Professional Benefits of ProfDE online:

  • Access our increasing number of learning modules, podcasts and video masterclasses
  • Have a cost-effective way to gain credits towards your annual CPD requirements
  • Fit eLearning around your timetable
  • Return to unfinished modules to complete at a time that suits you

BASW is interested in hearing from you suggestions for future ProfDE activities and learning. Please contact us by email -