National newspaper criticised for stigmatising children in care
People with care experience and social workers speak out against article published in The Times
Covid's impact on children in care revealed by government figures
Lockdowns restrictions and delay in court proceedings cited as to blame for significant fall in activity
Competitions watchdog suggests regulation of children's placements is 'outdated'
Last day to respond to CMA's interim report speculating on reasons behind lack of places and high prices in market...
Social worker blows whistle on abuses at privately-run children's prison
Ofsted calls on government to act over Oakhill Secure Training Centre
40,000 social workers at risk of being unable to practise from 1 December
England regulator urges social workers to renew registration 'immediately'...
Advice on being a social work student during a pandemic
Leeanne Olivant, a placement coordinator on the University of Huddersfield's social work course and third-year student Natalie Stuart share their learning...
Crime and punishment
It’s time social work’s vital role in criminal justice is recognised, say Caroline Bald and Helen Woods who lead BASW’s criminal justice group. Shahid Naqvi reports
The return (or reinvention) of early intervention or just more sticking plaster?
Shahid Naqvi takes a look at family hubs, a key part of the government’s strategy to support children and families
Complex safeguarding – a model designed for white people
Social worker Auma Acellam’s time in a police-based complex safeguarding team led her to believe the current system is institutionally racist
Why anti-racism is needed in social work education
The experience of Black and ethnic students suggests social work is falling short of its own values, says Patriche Bentick and Pamela Shodeinde
When do we celebrate those of us who are mixed-race?
Rather than appreciated as a positive representation of multi-culturalism, mixed-race people often suffer racism from both sides, leaving them to struggle with identity issues on their own, says Adam...
Powerful stories about the lived realities of Black people that must be heard
For Black History Month BASW's anti-racism visionary Wayne Reid reviews Black Lives Rising ...
Improving the offer for care leavers in England: new online resource provides goldmine of information
How one care leaver's research will help thousands of young people ...
Why I'm calling last orders at the bar after nearly four decades of court social work
Eddie O’Hara believes the judicial process has become ‘increasingly adversarial, mechanistic and harsh’
Change agents, not gatekeepers - a timely reminder of social work's value
Amid the current focus on social care Chris Perry, a former director of social services, says it's vital the 'resource' of social work isn't overlooked...
Shared trauma: how one professional channelled her personal experience of 9/11 into research that shapes our understanding today
Dr Carol Tosone has devoted two decades to examining what gets us through disasters
New fund to support social work activism
Joint venture between Social Workers Union and the Campaign Collective to help social workers fight their causes
A human crisis: social workers on the frontline with Afghan refugees
PSW speaks to a social worker at Heathrow Airport who provides support to those fleeing the Taliban
Frozen journeys: social work with asylum seekers in Greece and Italy during Covid-19
Insights from researchers due to publish their findings later this year
When your face doesn't fit: how social media is fuelling a body image crisis
One mother's fight to protect children and young people from digitally altered images...
Researchers tasked with improving children's social care investigate benefit of staff getting motivational messages from leaders
What Works for Children's Social Care centre's pilot on Ministry of Defence employees branded 'a bit odd'...
Children's social care reform must not rely on 'Big Society' solutions
Social workers' warning amid lack of additional funding commitment in 'once-in-a-generation' review...
Why aren’t we calling out antisemitism? Reflections of a Jewish social worker
As a profession committed to challenging discrimination, social work can be deafeningly silence when it comes to racism experienced by Jewish people says Victoria Hart
A system that turns parents into ‘warriors’ fighting for their children's rights
Despite various pledges from government to improve services, families of children with autism and educational disabilities are too often left to fight to get the support they need
Why I'm not celebrating 'freedom day' - a social worker's perspective
Angela Meidel believes the lifting of restrictions on 19 July is a dangerous disregard for the principles of fairness and equal opportunity
Create a 'supportive' not hostile environment to EU and EEA citizens in UK, BASW tells Priti Patel
Concern for vulnerable groups as EU Settlement Scheme passes
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