Half of social workers are intending to leave their jobs within the next two years.

A survey of 1600 social workers by Bath Spa University with BASW and the Social Workers Union (SWU) into the working conditions of social workers found 52% of UK social workers intend to leave the profession within 15 months. A total of 55% of those working in children’s services intend to leave social work.

The independent study by Dr Jermaine Ravalier also revealed UK social workers are working more than £600 million of unpaid overtime.

Professional working conditions campaign

BASW and SWU launched the campaign for improved professional working conditions in response to these findings.

BASW, in partnership with SWU, aimed to find committed parliamentary ‘champions’ who will take a lead in driving the issues raised in the report forwards.

We have secured meetings with the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, including a government health minister and the policy lead from the Leader of the Labour Party’s office.

We also gained high-profile national media coverage with Sky News, BBC News, The Guardian and regional press, and are continuing to campaign on this issue.