It supports and grants recognition to groups of members pursuing specific interests in order to influence policy, promote effective practice and develop members’ careers. Find out more about the established UK-wide special interest groups.

Alcohol and other drugs

The Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) special interest group (SIG) consists of practitioners, managers and academics who come together to share information, promote and develop knowledge, produce resources and consider policy.

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Family Group Conference

The Family Group Conference (FGC) Special Interest Group seeks to integrate FGCs into social work practice, research evidence, and publicise the model through events. The group is interested in identifying models of FGCs, which are considered effective by practitioners and are informed by best evidence. To this end, the group also aims to promote research of FGCs through conferences and to seek funding to research effective models.

With a UK-focus, the FGC group was formed by Professor Paul Montgomery, Dr Joan Rappaport, Clio Weissman and Andrew Broome. It has steadily increased membership and profile and now recognises itself as part of a consortium of networks in FGC including Daybreak and the Family Rights Group.  If you wish to know more about this SIG please contact Helen Randle (BASW Policy & Research Team Administrator) in the first instance. 

Immigration Asylum Trafficking

The Immigration Asylum Trafficking promotes ethical and effective practice in this area of social work. The group advocates the rights for undocumented migrants and protection of the rights of children subject to immigration proceedings. The group is currently Chaired by BASW member Karen Goodman.   If you wish to know more about this SIG, please contact Helen Randle (BASW Policy & Research Team Administrator) in the first instance.

Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR)

The Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR) has a long-standing relationship with BASW. The group includes national experts in this area of social work practice and seeks to influence UK policy in this area, advocate rights of people affected by assisted reproduction and promote effective social work practice.

The Social Work with Romani and Traveller Communities Special Interest Group

As social workers, we are responsible for championing human rights and challenging oppression and discrimination – the human rights of Romani and Traveller families have been disregarded for too long and Romani and Traveller communities need us to do our job and influence much needed change. The Social Work with Romani and Traveller Communities Special Interest Group has been set up to do just that. It is an opportunity for social workers to come together and stand in solidarity to bring about fairness and justice for Romani and Traveller Communities.

The group is currently Chaired by Doreen Dove and supported by Sian Wilton (BASW Cymru).

So, if this speaks to you and you’re a social worker keen to develop anti-racist social work practice and address the devastating impact of discrimination against Romani and Traveller communities, please get in touch with Sian in the first instance. 

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Diaspora Social Workers SIG (Diaspora SIG)

The Diaspora SW SIG have members who originate from overseas and currently study or work in the UK. The group celebrates the contributions of diaspora social workers in the UK and promotes their interests within BASW and with other organisations. This group welcomes members of all nationalities and allies who support the interests and welfare of diaspora social workers.