Why Join & Why You Might Need Us

Every year, the Social Workers Union and BASW’s related Advice & Representation Service help over 1,000 social workers with a range of different situations, from the small and easily resolved, to more significant and prolonged conduct issues.

Here are just some of the issues we have helped members with recently:

  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures, including representation at internal hearings - this is only guaranteed if you are a SWU member
  • Investigations into professional social work practice and allegations of misconduct - where this is done by your employer representation is only guaranteed if you are a member of SWU
  • Issues around discrimination in employment and access to training - this is something we can provide direct representation on before your employer if you are a member of SWU
  • A range of Student placement difficulties - including situations where the placement is breaking down or has broken down
  • Conduct hearings with the four regulators: 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)
  • Representation at Employment Tribunals