Read on to find out more about the various initiatives organised by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and members of the Social Workers and Service Users bloc to respond to the reports of refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty.
BASW is calling all members to get involved and support the Association’s message: Social Workers Welcome Refugees.
BASW members meeting point: Joy of Life Fountain, Hyde Park
Meeting time: 12.30 - 13.00
BASW is once again asking its members to stand within the social workers and service users bloc and support the Solidarity with Refugees march to Parliament Square on Saturday 17 September 2016.
This September, world leaders will meet to discuss the refugee crisis at two crucial summits. This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our government and the world that the UK is ready to welcome more refugees.
Together let’s call on the Government to do more to support and enable refugees to access the help they desperately need when they reach the UK.
For all people fleeing war, violence and persecution, reaching the UK should mean reaching safety. But the reality is that too often they do not get the long-term support they need to rebuild their lives. Refugees across the country are faced with destitution, homelessness and, as they approach their 18th birthday, the threat of being forced to return to a country where they may be in danger.
So lets join together with Solidarity with Refugees for this important march and show refugees in the UK that we are on their side.
Show Your Support
Click here to join with the Social Workers bloc on Facebook
Click here to show your support with Solidarity with Refugees
Click here to show your support with The Children’s Society
Click here for more information about the demo
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) have launched a blog to exchange information about the development of the refugee crisis. Social workers across Europe are already involved or getting involved very soon with all these people trying to reach safe places and countries where they can start a life of chances for themselves and their children.
Click here to view the blog.
IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell visited Vienna and Munich in October to see first hand the social work response to the refugee crisis.
Click here to view his report.
BASW and SWU members joined the Europe-wide UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration.
On Saturday 19 March BASW and SWU joined tens of thousands of people to march across Britain, where major mobilisations in England, Scotland and Wales joined thousands in cities across Europe and around the world to say no to racism.
On 12 September 2015 BASW England joined over 100,000 people at the national day of action 'Refugees Welcome Here' in London. The demo had been organised to respond to the reports of refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty.
SASW also attended the rally in Glasgow, click here to view the images.
Letter to the Guardian: Britain must respect the rights of refugees (12 November 2015)
BASW joins social work collective call for action to help refugees (20 October 2015)
Social workers light a candle for refugees (8 September 2015)