(6 vacancies) – Chair, Vice Chair, 3 members and 1 student positions

Are you  -

  • Passionate about social work?
  • Committed to high standards of practice?
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills and a commitment to ethical practice and a strong value base?
  • Committed to inclusivity, anti-discriminatory practice, equal opportunities and embracing diversity?
  • Interested in shaping and influencing the future work of the BASW England Committee?

If yes, we want to hear from you!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for six BASW England member positions on the England National Standing Committee (NSC), including the role of Chair and Vice Chair. We welcome applications from all parts of the sector including social workers in direct practice, specialist fields, managers, academics, practice educators, independent social workers, and those working in diverse settings.

BASW England seeks to increase the diversity and representativeness of the England Committee regardless of age, disability, gender (or sex), gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy/maternity, marriage and civil partnerships or any other personal characteristic.

The Committee meets six times a year and this also counts as continual professional development to help maintain your registration.

During this year we have worked hard to ensure we engage and represent our membership within government departments, responded to government consultations, worked with Chief Social Workers for England and social worker forums.

We are proud to have influenced national legislation and currently sit on the Social Work England (SWE) Advisory Group. We are campaigning for more direct work time for social workers and in 2018 the 80/20 Campaign was launched to eventually reverse the current situation which sees social workers spending close to 80% of their time working on computers or completing paperwork, while only 20% of their time is spent in direct contact, building relationships with children and families. In April this year, the first 80/20 Conference took place in partnership with Sussex University to also promote the use of a specially developed ‘kitbag’ to support social workers in relationship practice.

Local activism and the number of BASW England regional branches have grown;  so too has the work of the Policy Practice Education Groups (PPEGs). BASW England has worked on the development of the PCF, Capabilities Statements and campaigned to promote the value of social work and social workers, with human rights at the core our work.

Those interested in being involved in the work of the BASW England Committee are invited to apply by Friday 27th July 2019 and nominations will be posted on the BASW England website (membership section) with a closing date of electronic voting by 20 September 2019.

Candidates are elected for two years and can stand again for re-election for a further two-year period. Travel and overnight expenses will be paid.

Application forms are available from Lisa Kennedy: lisa.kennedy@basw.co.uk