Social workers, unite and take ownership of your profession, says BASW’s new chair
Take a read of the new chair's inaugural speech at the association’s Annual UK Conference and AGM...
Wales considers social care levy to alleviate austerity’s ‘devastating impact’
The Welsh government is considering introducing a social care levy to boost funding for services and mitigate the “devastating impact” of the UK government’s austerity policies.
BASW votes to campaign against unethical universal credit ‘rape clause’
BASW pledged to campaign against the two-child benefit cap currently being rolled out across the UK under the universal credit welfare reform.
BASW’s outgoing chair Guy Shennan talks campaigning and activism
Shennan told delegates at BASW’s annual general meeting that promoting social change and a fairer society was part of the job of social work.
New framework to put anti-poverty at centre of practice in Northern Ireland
A framework for social workers that puts poverty at the centre of practice is to be introduced in Northern Ireland.
Social work in the shadow of Grenfell
Social worker Mariam Raja spent seven months working with a community traumatised by the Grenfell fire. She tells Shahid Naqvi about the experience
The danger of denying emotions in our work
Without space to reflect, workers can distance themselves from families to try and cope, says Nicola O'Sullivan...
Adult social care needs radical reform not more money
Chris Perry spells out a blueprint for reorganisation of social care
Tell it how it is being a social worker in Wales
BASW Cymru wants to know about the working conditions of social workers in Wales.
We marched in solidarity for Grenfell victims, for communities and for justice
A year after the Grenfell tower tragedy, thousands joined the Justice for Grenfell Solidarity March in London on Saturday, 16 June, to demand justice for the 72 victims of the fire.
The Troubles may be over but the trauma in Northern Ireland continues
As part of the International Federation of Social Workers world conference in Dublin, social workers from across the world took a field trip to Belfast to learn about the legacy of 30 years of...
New drama shows the political and personal in social work
Review: Left My Desk, Lost Watch Theatre Company
A powerful case for real change in social care
BASW’s Position Statement on the forthcoming Green Paper could lay foundations for a system based on independent living as the purpose of promoting wellbeing, writes Colin Slasberg
Social work expertise is now crucial to world peace
The world needs more social workers and more community social work if global goals for sustainable progress are to be met.
Trump pandered to racism says Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson
Former Ireland president Mary Robinson launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, claiming the US president had pandered to racism to win power.
How social work on the ground makes a global difference
Social work’s grassroot approach is as important to driving “human improvement” as the endeavours of big global institutions like the United Nations.
Mental health will be a priority says new health and social care secretary
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock spoke about mental health as he was questioned by a parliamentary committee shortly into his new role
Social work and the rise of trade unionism
John McGowan, general secretary of the Social Workers Union, says his organisation is becoming an increasingly powerful voice within the profession
Don't deny children in the care system their pasts
Social worker Selina Anderson looks at some of the lessons from her experience growing up in care
PSW: Tribute to passionate advocate for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community
Michael Ridge devoted his professional life to supporting one of Britain’s most marginalised communities. Following his death, aged 62, friend and colleague Jenny Daly remembers his life and work
PSW: Hillsborough mother tells how support of a social worker helped her to carry on
Margaret Aspinall lost her 18-year-old son in the Hillsborough football stadium tragedy. Nealy 30 years on she'd like to meet the 'beautiful' social worker who helped her through...
PSW: How it all began
The seeds of modern day social work can be found in the hospital almoners of the 19th Century. Petrina Banfield takes a fascinating look at how their work still resonates today
Social workers are a bit like artists
Social workers are creative and sensitive beings, attributes that need to be protected to flourish, says Claire Ogborn
Low pay and stress putting practitioners off Approved Mental Health Professional role
Researchers at King's College London investigated why few health workers become AMHPs...
New regulator eyes more 'proportionate' fitness to practise system
Social Work England's chief executive and chair outlined their plans for the new regulator at BASW England's conference in Bristol...
We are here for the "forgotten people"
Tasnim Karim, winner of BASW England's 2020 poster competition, explains her motivation for social work...
PSW: Better guidance for cross-border social work needed
Research shows one in four children known to services travelling abroad remain at risk
PSW: 'I found myself idealising my professional years in Sweden'
Swedish social worker Soulmaz Bashirinia had a “culture shock” when she came to England to work six years ago. Attending a global gathering of social workers recently made her reflect on her...
Why I'm supporting the Social Workers Union
We can't empower others if we don't empower ourselves, says Dr Neil Thompson ...
Life of a social worker
As he fights cancer, life-long BASW member John Kemmis reflects back on the twists and turns of a 50-year career in social work across both the statutory and voluntary sector. He does so in the hope...
Austerity isn't over for everyone
Responding to Theresa May's announcement of an end to austerity, disability action group DPAC say as long as Universal Credit exists it still real for many...
Asylum charity pulls out of England's Social Worker of the Year award over Capita sponsorship
Social Work Without Borders says sponsorship of championing social work values category by firm criticised over handling of deportations is 'problematic'...
HMRC: If it looks too good to be true it probably is
In the wake of concern that agency staff are inadvertently being drawn into tax avoidance by some umbrella companies, HM Revenue and Customs issued the following warning to social workers
Why social work activism isn’t dead
To some the idea of social work activism is nearly as taboo as swearing in church. But Wayne Reid argues it is as relevant today as ever
Understanding the traumatic bonds that bind us to toxic relationships
Despite a high-flying career in criminal justice where she saw the impact of domestic violence, social worker Kath Twigg was herself suffering abuse at home. Here she gives a first-hand insight into...
Who's caring for the carers?
A new pressure group aimed at ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of people working in caring professions has been launched
Social workers 'overwhelmed' at crisis-hit council
Verdict on Conservative-run Northamptonshire's children's services comes as social care sector leaders warn government funding pledge is "nowhere near enough" to relieve pressures...
Californian social workers call for gun death research ban to be lifted
In wake of the Thousand Oaks massacre, it's time to treat such shootings as a public health problem says social work association...
Discrimination contributing to high levels of depression in LGBT community
Call for better training of professionals and improved support services in wake of worrying survey
What happens to pan-European child protection post Brexit?
European law currently allows for co-operation between member states to protect vulnerable children across borders. But if we are not careful this could be lost putting children at greater risk when...
Secure schools a penal approach rooted in the past say social workers
BASW members express concern at the youth justice reform aimed at addressing a lack of education in young offender institutions
Keep focus on social justice: interview with BASW's new chair Gerry Nosowska
BASW’s new chair Gerry Nosowska tells PSW editor Shahid Naqvi about her influences and key priorities for the future of the association ...
VIEWPOINT: Less burdensome, but will DoLS replacement provide enough protection for our daughter?
The proposed framework to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards aims to streamline the assessment process for people who do not have capacity. But social workers Alan and Gillian Kent worry it...
VIEWPOINT: Personalisation - the questions adult services directors must answer
As social services leaders gather for their annual conference in Manchester this week, social care consultant Colin Slasberg urges directors of adult services to ask themselves if they are delivering...
This is the devastating impact of poverty on women I support
I see everything, from disadvantage and oppression to violence and the generational despair passed from mother to daughter with little hope of change, writes social worker Stephanie Antona.
Competition winners show what it's like to be a carer
Each year Carers UK holds a competition asking people to depict what it's like caring for others through creative writing and photography. Here are this year's winners...
Project aims to make it a happy new year for social workers
Internationally renowned expert on workplace happiness turns attention to social workers in England ...
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
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
'Blame culture' contributing to rise in children in care, MPs told
Public Accounts Committee takes evidence on transforming 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...
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
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...
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...
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