BASW Independents are members of the British Association of Social Workers. These members practice in a self-employed capacity either full or part-time and bring a wealth of professional and academic experience to their practice.

Independents often have extensive career experience and you will find a wide range of work being offered, supported by relevant skill sets and academic qualifications

Everyone listed within the Directory are:

  • Members of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
  • Required to work within the terms of The Code of Ethics and The Code of Ethics: Addendum, additional guidance for independent social workers 
  • Price professional services in a way that both reflects professional and market value and is fair to customers - Page 4, Running a business, BASW Code of Ethics Addendum, July 2012.
  • Covered by £5 million Professional Indemnity insurance with some also protected by £5 million Public Liability Insurance.

Most Independents operate through their own business, whether as sole traders, limited liability partnerships, limited companies or an alternative business structure.

Some of these businesses provide direct social work services, some provide consultancy or training services but whatever the nature of the business, all of those listed in this Directory are responsible for the legal and ethical accountability of their practice.

Terms and Conditions

By electing to use the BASW Independents Directory, you are agreeing to the following Terms & Conditions. Independents listed with the Directory are responsible for the legal and ethical accountability of their practice. BASW does not endorse any particular individual or business listed within the Directory and is not liable for the conduct and or services rendered from those individuals.

It is important that you make your own enquiries and satisfy yourself that the person or business you choose is the right one for the task you have in mind. BASW Independents are professionals who adhere to The BASW Code of Ethics and Code of Ethics Addendum, additional guidance for independent social workers. Clients are expected to conduct business in a way that would not deviate the practice of BASW Independents in such a way to compromise their adherence to The BASW Code of Ethics and Code of Ethics Addendum.

As professionals, BASW Independents have a remit to provide an impartial professional opinion based on the evidence and in line with their professional duties and relevant legislation and policy. Sometimes this opinion may not be quite what you had hoped to hear and it is important to understand that if this does happen, you will still be expected to pay for that opinion and for the work done.

This Directory is for genuine use only. By accepting these terms, you are agreeing to not use the details held within the database maliciously nor for direct marketing (including recruitment agency activities). Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the Directory, details are individually submitted and content subject to change therefore accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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