BASW staff and members have been hard at work planning a diverse and exciting programme of activities for World Social Work Month 2021.

A well as exploring themes and priorities in each country of the UK, these events present a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what unites us as social workers across the UK and globally.

I look forward to celebrating and championing social work, both in the UK and around the world, with fellow social workers throughout the month of March.

Dr. Ruth Allen, BASW UK CEO

Introducing World Social Work Month 2021 - read more from Ruth on World Social Work Day 2021 and our month of activities.



Week 1 and 2 were led by BASW Northern Ireland and BASW Cymru and you can now catch up on these free recordings via the World Social Work Month 2021 Webinar Recordings page.

Week 3 - led by BASW England

  • Digital Direct: Performing social work online
    Monday, 15 March 2021 - 11:30am to 1:15pm (Free event)
    Speakers from around the world will be examining what good social work looks like and there will be learning for social workers in England looking to strengthen their practice.

Week 4 - led by SASW

  • SASW: Scottish Parliament Hustings 2021
    Monday, 22 March 2021 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm (Free event)
    SASW will be hosting a Scottish Parliament hustings online event which will serve as an opportunity to put members’ questions to MSPs.
  • Ubuntu: Challenging Racism in Social Work Roundtable
    Wednesday, 24 March 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Free event)
    Discuss the findings from SASW’s recent ‘Racism, Prejudice and Discrimination in social work’ survey and talk more in small groups what we can do individually and within our organisations to challenge racism in social work
  • We're In This Together: Resilience and Well-being in Social Work
    Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm 
    Members - Free Non-Members - £10 (plus £2 VAT)
    This webinar will cover the working conditions of social workers, research findings around 'Spectrums' of emotional resilience in social work practice and making well-being a reality.

Social Workers Union (SWU) #WSWD2021 Programme


  • Talk to SWU: work place issues webinar
    Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Free event)
    This free webinar is a chance for social workers to talk directly to SWU about any work place issues they are experiencing (this can be done anonymously). All UK social workers are welcome to attend, regardless of membership.

Student Essay Competition

  • SWU World Social Work Day 2021 student essay competition
    Deadline: Friday, 4 June 2021
    SWU's #WSWD2021 student essay competition is open for entries from February 22 to June 4. All undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking a social work degree in the UK are invited to participate by answering this year's SWU Assignment question. All completed entries will have the chance to win one of four £500 grants.