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The Social Workers Union (SWU) is a trade union dedicated to social work professionals and is run by social workers. In these challenging times social workers need the best protection protection possible. We believe that together, BASW and SWU provide the best protection for social workers from social workers. For this reason we strongly encourage all members to opt-in to SWU. Only a trade union can guarantee representation at a workplace hearing. As a BASW member you will receive advice and representation before the regulatory body** but if you do not opt into SWU, and are not a member of another trade union, you risk not being able to secure representation at a hearing before your employer, at which your employment could be in jeopardy. SWU supports members with swift, practical advice and representation. As a member of SWU you are also entitled to access training offered by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) and will be part of the collective voice of social workers in the workplace.

If you are a member and have not yet opted-in to the SWU, please login to complete the process.***

If you are not a BASW member, why not Join Today to take advantage of SWU membership and other benefits available to BASW members.

To e-mail us about the Social Workers Union, please direct enquiries to swuadmin@basw.co.uk or call us on (0121) 622 8413/622 8418.

** Regulatory bodies are the Health and Care Professions Council in England (HCPC), the Care Council for Wales (CCW), the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

*** Monthly payment of £1.66 per month (£20 per annum) - waged or £0.83 per month (£10 per annum) - unwaged and students, or equivalent pro rata payment, will be added to your membership fee