Join the campaign on social media

Use the hashtag #TestAccessRights to help spread the word about the need for social workers to have safe and regular access to people in health and care settings.

Share your experiences

As a profession, our fundamental core values are built upon social justice and the promotion of human rights.

During the pandemic, major concerns have been raised around how the rush to get people out of hospital is driving decision-making and putting the rights and safety of people at risk.

And restrictive practices, such as isolation for 14 days on admission to care settings, raises serious concerns about consent, capacity, objection and best interests.

This level of interference with people's human rights is happening without any independent scrutiny.

If you have had an experience related to social workers not having access to health and care settings during Covid-19 which raised concerns over human rights, and you would like to share it with us, you can contact us here (please reference the Test, Safe Access, Promote Rights campaign in the message area of the form).

Help us lobby MPs and other policymakers

Tweet your local MP

Why not also tweet your local MP with our template tweet and graphic? 

  1. Click the Tweet my MP link
  2. Type in your postcode and click "Find my MP"
  3. Your local MP's details will then be generated and all that's left to do is to click "Tweet @[MPs Name]" 
  4. This will take you to Twitter and populate the Tweet with our template message and all you have to do is click "Tweet"

*Please see the Privacy Policy for the Tweet my MP website. No postcodes are stored by the site. 

In Wales? Lobby your local Member of the Senedd

Social workers in Wales are encouraged to also lobby their local Member of the Senedd (MS) on social media.

You can tag your local MS in a post on your preferred social media platform and ask them to share your post with their audience. You can find out who your local MS is here.

Suggested message for social media:

Social workers are vital in ensuring people across Wales get the care and support they need, alongside promoting human rights.

But right now, they do not have regular tests and safe access to care settings – and that’s why the British Association of Social Workers’ #TestAccessRights campaign needs your voice as a Member of the Senedd

Mae gweithwyr cymdeithasol yn hanfodol i hyrwyddo hawliau dynol gan sicrhau bod pawb yn cael y gofal a'r cymorth sydd eu hangen.

Ond ar hyn o bryd, nid oes ganddynt profion rheolaidd na mynediad diogel i leoliadau gofal - a dyna pam mae angen eich cefnogaeth chi #TestAccessRights

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Support the work of similar campaigns

NCF's 'National lockdown must not include locking out care home visitors'

BASW has added its voice to The National Care Forum (NCF) campaign National lockdown must not include locking out care home visitors calling on the government to ensure that care homes are supported to enable visits by families and loved ones, now and in the future.

The open letter calls on the government to adopt this position in any new regulations it is drafting for the care sector to cover the national lockdown and the aftermath.  This campaign has also been supported by ADASS.

You can find out more about the NCF campaign to enable visits to care homes by families and loved ones, including how to support it, here.

#Right2Home campaign

The #Right2Home campaign has issued guidance and resources for families and close friends who are experiencing problems around visiting loved ones who are Autistic and/or have learning disabilities.

The campaign is linked to BASW’s Homes Not Hospitals workstream, set up in response to the violation of the human rights of people with Autism and/or learning disabilities, following BBC Panorama’s report on the Whorlton Hall scandal.

Guidance, resources and information on how to support the campaign can be found here.