Why Wales must follow Scotland and make smacking children a crime
After Scotland’s landmark decision Daniel Jones, child protection service manager at Newport City Council, argues the case for passing a similar bill currently going through the Welsh Assembly
‘Improving services for older trans people is a social justice issue for social workers’
Paul Willis outlines findings of a two-year study that highlights gaps in health and care provision, fear of ‘transphobic responses’ from service users and a need for better training for professionals
'If I was to start again I would still choose this exceptional career'
Mira Antonyan, president of the Armenian Association of Social Workers, on practising in her country and why she loves her work
Is there a way to save time spent in court?
BASW Northern Ireland seeks feedback from children's social workers...
Getting men talking about feelings key to tackling high suicide rate
Social worker warning on World Suicide Prevention Day
BASW launches Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Work
Recognising and challenging poverty is our 'core business' says association chair...
What social workers need to do social work - student competition winners spell it out
SWU competition winners in World Social Work Day Competition
Safeguarding is not reputation management
Bill Stone looks at Oxfam's response to allegations of staff sexual misconduct and abuse...
‘It’s upsetting to hear people say this year has broken them’
ASYE social workers raise alarm over caseloads in excess of 60
Lessons from two starkly different reports on social care
Viewpoint: Colin Slasberg examines the arguments made by two separate parliamentary committees
Call for more support for social workers at 'crucial' early career point
Report finds practitioners two to three years into their careers are the least satisfied and most stressed
Green day for Professional Social Work magazine
BASW introduces 100 per cent biodegradable wrap for delivery of monthly publication
Why Hong Kong social workers stand against the extradition law
Viewpoint: Social work academic Prof. Raees Begum Baig says human rights protections are threatened by a controversial extradition proposal by the Hong Kong government
Hearing the voices of the "lost girls" with autism
Mark Goodman reports from a major conference that heard moving testimonies from the so often silenced voices of girls and women with autism
A guide to Mental Health Act reform proposals
Dr Sharif Haider looks at some key recommendations from a government-commissioned review
It’s not stressful if you have a rationale for your social work
Zac McBreen, recognised for lifetime achievement at BASW Cymru’s Social Work Awards, talks about a job he still finds “endlessly fascinating” after 46 years
Call for social workers in England to help shape professional standards
As Social Work England's consultation deadline approaches, PSW speaks to the new regulator's chief executive about what's on the table for professional, education and training...
Give social workers the toys to do their job
Campaign calls for councils to fund play materials for practitioners to use in direct work with children
Social work skills being used to intervene with far-right extremists online
Consultancy recruits social workers in bid to steer extremists away from violence
Don't be afraid to show your fragility says award-winning social worker
When I share my vulnerability it has brought the best out in others, says Nick Andrews, winner of BASW Cymru's spirit of social work award...
Is there a better way? Researchers want to know what needs investigating to improve practice
Call to social workers in a healthcare setting have questions answered
Social work’s role in tackling knife crime
The government may have announced an extra £100 million police funding to tackle knife crime but the real solution lies in social responses, says Wayne Reid, a BASW England professional officer with...
A first for Guernsey to take place on World Social Work Day
Channel island's first conference for social work will focus on relationships...
Think the unthinkable
John Fitzgerald was the social worker who led the review into the murders of children at the hands of Fred and Rosemary West. He talks about the lessons learned from his long career in child...
Government not doing enough to reduce poverty says children's services leader
Ministers must act now or "look back in shame" says president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services...
MPs told why pressure on children's services is increasing
Sector leaders including BASW chair Dr Ruth Allen address government inquiry
Statutory placement expectation in new social work course standards proposed for England
Social Work England is consulting on a set of Qualifying and Educational Standards
Social Work England to consult on fee rise
Social Work England has confirmed it will consult on an increase in fees before September 2020
New standards proposals require social workers in England to report resourcing concerns
Social Work England's draft professional standards also include stronger human rights influence and new expectations on social media use...
Plan to trial 'big data' analytics in social care sparks ethics debate
New project aims to test if predictive tools 'are effective, ethical and acceptable' in children's services...
Social work in The Troubles report a timely lesson from history, says BASW chief exec
Groundbreaking study gives voice to traumatic experience of practising during Northern Ireland's conflict...
'Blame culture' contributing to rise in children in care, MPs told
Public Accounts Committee takes evidence on transforming children's services...
A social worker abroad’s take on Brexit
An analysis by Dr Paul Stepney, a UK social worker who currently teaches social work in Finland
FGM: dispelling the myths
Following the first conviction for female genital mutilation in the UK Angie Marriott, a health and social care trainer with expertise in the area, dispels some commonly held myths about the practice
VIEWPOINT: What skills are needed for professionalism in social work?
Two practitioners outline eight key elements they feel need to be in place to support professionalism in practice