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Records of the British Association of Social Workers

British Association of Social Workers 1970-1990

Catalogue of the records of the British Association of Social Workers held at Warwick University. The British Association of Social Workers grew out of the Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers and was formed in 1970 by the merger of seven predecessor organisations which represented specialist groups within the broader profession of social work. These were the Association of Child Care Officers, the Association of Family Case Workers, the Association of Psychiatric Social Workers, the Association of Social Workers, the Institute of Medical Social Workers, the Moral Welfare Workers' Association and the Society of Mental Welfare Officers. Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970. Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970. Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

The BASW archive comprises 130 cubic metres of papers, containing constitutional records, minutes and reports, including those of committees, working parties, groups and panels, circulars and papers of the Department of Health and Social Security, records relating to the National Health Service, parliamentary and local government, conferences, finance and membership, also correspondence, regional and branch records, legal papers, including case files, etc., mostly from 1970, and the records of the Social Workers' Benevolent Trust and the Social Workers' Educational Trust. For the papers of the BASW predecessors see Association of Children's Officers (MSS.378/ACO); Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Moral Welfare Workers' Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW); Society

Access conditions: Most files are open, but staff files are closed under Data Protection legislation.