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BASW England written evidence to the Children and Social Work Public Bill Committee

1. BASW (British Association of Social Workers) is the UK professional association for social work, led by and accountable to a growing population of approximately 22,000 social worker members. Our members work in frontline, management, research and academic positions in all social work settings across the UK. BASW members share a collective commitment to those values and principles that will secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people, adults, families and communities.

2. Despite the Government publishing new amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill on 8 December 2016, BASW England remains concerned about key elements of the Bill and does not accept that these amendments go far enough in safeguarding and upholding the rights of vulnerable children and families and preserving the independence of the profession particularly, in relation to regulation.