England's children social care review acknowledges impact of poverty and need for investment
Interim report sets out challenges facing the sector
A reminder of how the press and politicians misrepresent social work
Ray Jones sees a link between shamed BBC journalist Martin Bashir's interview with Princess Diana and the reporting of social work in the 'Baby P' case...
Plans for association of care experienced social workers tabled
Expressions of interest sought to set up new support network
Children are not for profit!
Sacha Samms, a former looked-after child and social worker, explains why she has concerns about independent fostering agencies profiting from children
Fearful time for social workers in UK with family in India
A social worker speaks of her concerns as the coronavirus crisis in India deepens
BASW backs care home visiting rights as CQC told to ‘get a grip’
MPs demand action to 'restore residents' human rights' ...
Voice of social work WILL be heard in children's social care review, MacAlister tells BASW
BASW England's Children and Families group gains assurances after meeting but still has concerns...
After more than a year of practising in a pandemic, how are you faring?
The Social Workers' Benevolent Trust is urging practitioners to complete its health and wellbeing study...
New evidence of Covid cost on people sparks calls for action
Figures show significant increase in mental health and domestic abuse referrals and child safeguarding calls
Coping with sexist trolling has been part of the job, says England's chief social worker
Isabelle Trowler highlights "shocking" online abuse during event to mark International Women's Day...
We must tell the stories of poverty to shock people into action
Change will only happen if more people understand the reality, say speakers at BASW Northern Ireland's World Social Work Month event...
Covid shows need for a collectivist, not individualist approach in social work
Natalia Phillips says its time for social workers to work together against the social divisions, marginalisation of minority groups amplified by the pandemic
'The time has come to show who we are'
A poem by BASW member Natalia Phillips penned during Covid-19
Bid to banish 'oppressive' language in social work
Practitioners, academics, people with lived experience and students launch campaign
My family, ubuntu and social work…
Richard Servian reflects on how the spirit of this year’s theme for World Social Work Day runs deep through his family and contributed to him becoming a social worker
Anti-racism in social work: 'the struggle is real and you are part of it'
Academic Zoe Thomas on why she's backing a day of action by students, other academics and practitioners on 19 March calling for anti-racism to be taught on social work courses and in practice ...
‘Listen to and understand people with kindness’
Holocaust survivor and Jewish resistance fighter Lea Borgenicht’s message for social work
Deafblindness – the psychosocial impact makes it core social work
An ageing population means practitioners are more likely to work with people experiencing what’s fast becoming no longer a ‘minority impairment’. By Jacqui Bond and Liz Duncan and Peter Simcock
Social Work England called to act over catalogue of complaints
BASW's advice and representation service writes to regulator as patience over delays in processing cases runs out...
England's children's social care review must have credibility
Ray Jones calls for some 'quick-rethinking' to ensure the voice of the care experienced community and those who work with them leads the review rather than the agenda of politicians ...
Working from home in lockdown as a single parent – a social worker’s strategy
Ali Sea found accepting support, letting go of guilt and even dancing occasionally have helped
'George Floyd's murder was the catalyst for my focus on anti-racist social work'
Wayne Reid tells PSW of the motivation behind him becoming BASW's first anti-racism lead officer...
Shuggie Bain – A novel for social work
Social worker David Stakes on why every practitioner should read the Booker Prize-winning novel
Will England's children's social care review live up to its bold ambitions?
PSW takes a look at the seven core themes outlined in the terms of reference ...
The mental scars left behind when we handcuff children
During Children's Mental Health Week, Emily Aklan says the unnecessary and unregulated physical restraining of children is a shocking practice that must be addressed...
England's chief social worker reveals personal Covid tragedy
Isabelle Trowler, England's chief social worker, spoke movingly about losing her mother to coronavirus...
The perils of PPE and social work
The use of personal protective equipment is a complex issue and much less straightforward for social workers than the government would have us think, says senior practitioner Colin Mabbutt as he...
‘When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression’
BASW England professional officer and activist Wayne Reid on why social work must continue to promote anti-racism long after the media focus on Black Lives Matter has gone
50 years in BASW – a professional journey
Honorary member Chris Perry was present at the birth of BASW. As the association celebrates its 50th year, he reflects on how it and the profession has changed – and what being a member has meant to...
'Disabled social workers are experiencing discrimination at work'
For Disability History Month and to mark 25 years since the Disability Discrimination Act came into being, practitioner Vikki Walton-Cole shares her vision of what an inclusive social work profession...
Part of something bigger... professional identity in social work
An all-Ireland study provides an interesting insight into how social workers see themselves
Cold, corporate language has no place in foster care
An agency advert suggesting fosterers can relinquish responsibility for fostered children when they turn 18 caused upset. Here Rebekah Pierre, who spent time in care as a child, explains why
Social workers need to be disaster-trained
The global pandemic has shown that disaster work should be a core social work skill, says Lena Dominelli as she launches a new CPD programme and a MSc to plug the gap
Fostering advert criticised as 'insensitive'
Agency under fire for suggesting people in foster care will be 'moved out' to state support soon as they turn 18 ...
How to be a lockdown warrior!
With lockdown 2 in England from today and restrictions in play across the UK, social worker Naomi Coupland shares lessons from lockdown 1
Social work in a hospice during Covid
Stella Murray's powerful and moving account of working as a palliative care social worker...
Let us craft a new strategy for inclusion together
As Black History Month comes to an end, BASW Cymru chair Neeta Baicher says tackling racism and prejudice has to be about more than words
What I’ve learned from working in mental health
Mariah Wilde, a graduate from England’s mental health social work programme Think Ahead, on her journey so far…
'It’s not normal to be a black academic'
Social work education should be leading the way in challenging 'white privilege' in academia but is not, says a black social work lecturer...