BASW has adapted our priorities and services to meet the needs of our members and wider social work workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

We are using our influence to support social workers and the communities we serve during the pandemic

Priority areas include PPE, testing, support and guidance, support for vulnerable groups and recognition for social workA full list of priority areas is below.

  • We have captured feedback from 2200 social workers (at 14 July 2020) to hear what the issues are, and continue to collect feedback to highlight to social work leaders what the priorities for social work are and have set out priority areas of focus.
  • Shared an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for PPE, priority testing for social workers, supporting social workers back into the workforce, supporting vulnerable groups and whilst it is good news that social workers are recognised as key workers – we want more acknowledgment of the important work social workers do. 
  • Upholding Human Rights during Covid-19.  The pandemic is exposing great inequality in impact and in human rights protection across the UK. BASW sets out urgent concerns and demands on upholding Human Rights during Covid-19.  Updated 24 June 2020.
  • Continue to work with leaders from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Education (DfE) and Social Work England to raise the issues and challenges that social workers are experiencing
  • Working around the UK to raise the issues with policy and government leaders in EnglandScotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  
  • Spoke out in the media on the issues social workers are facing, including BBC broadcast, trade press and regional news.

We are meeting the professional needs of social workers - to support the resilience and confidence of the workforce through Covid-19.

We have

  • We have launched the BASW Professional Support Service - to support BASW members, to help you debrief and reflect upon any current concerns you may have in a reflective space with one of our peer support coaches.

Our BASW teams continue to serve our members, with all services continuing as normal but managed in a slightly different way. 

We have

  • Set up our membership team to be on hand to talk directly to our members with any membership 1-1 queries and support members using the membership online hub
  • We have set up remote meetings for our branches, networks and groups, to connect together and with BASW and to provide pathways for members to feed into new policy such as the Coronavirus Act and new ways of working during the pandemic.
  • Set up weekly forums to support social workers and to offer peer support, such as the new Independents virtual discussion events .

Priority areas that we continue to focus on are:

  1. Hygiene equipment, protective equipment and testing
  2. Covid-19 and Vaccination: A BASW position statement.  Social workers are a high priority for vaccination
  3. Consistent guidance on keeping social workers safe in the office
  4. Equipment for home working,
  5. Essential guidance on safety for home visits
  6. Guidance on essential and non-essential work, and the ethics of decision making
  7. Advice on how to meet essential work flexibly, including community support
  8. Clarity about accountability if we cannot meet needs
  9. Social work advocacy about upholding human rights
  10. Resource for additional service provision
  11. Clarity about how additional social workers can enter the workforce
  12. Clarity about what this means for students’ qualification and jobs
  13. Support for independents, locums and agency staff
  14. Support for vulnerable young people, families and adults that may not have adequate access to food supplies,
  15. Accessibility to information and who are isolated, placed out of borough or in semi-independent living. 
  16. Asylum seeking children, young people or adults and people who do not speak or read English

 

View BASW updates during coronavirus:

April 2021

A Vaccination Passport?  his short article looks at this idea and what it might mean for social workers and social work.  08 April 2021

People in care homes resident in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12th April 2021.  BASW England response to changes in care home visiting guidelines for people in England.  7 April 2021

BASW England's Gavin Moorghen and SWU's John McGowan were quoted in Community Care, in response to a new survey by the magazine showing over three-quarters of statutory children’s social workers in England are struggling with their caseloads, with the situation worsening over the course of the pandemic.  01 April 2021

 

March 2021

Tuesday 23 March 2021 - National Day of Reflection.  BASW supports tomorrow's Marie Curie National Day of Reflection.

BASW England response to revised Covid-19 testing guidance for Professional Visitors and care home providers in England.  19 March 2021

'Covid shows need for a collectivist, not individualist approach in social work' Professional Social Work magazine, March 2021

How to support staff to get the vaccine.  The Social Workers Union (SWU) have put together helpful information and guidance on vaccines.  March 2021

BASW in the media: 'Fears for region's vulnerable as lockdown takes its toll on social workers'  2 March 2021

BASW / SWU Advice and Representative support - Covid update. 2 March 2021

World social work day - and BASW's month of activities 2021:

World Social Work Day and a month of activities 2021.  

BASW profiles amazing social workers throughout March and into April 2021

Watch again - World social work month webinars.

February 2021

An open letter: BASW Cymru asks Welsh Government for recognition payment for social workers and students in Wales. 25 Feb 2021

BASW England Branch Blog: Esme Daley.  The chair of the BASW London Branch reflects on the pandemic and lockdown  23 Feb 2021

BASW welcomes vaccine priority change for people with learning disabilities.  24 Feb 2021

BASW Cymru joins call for action on health inequalities.  22 Feb 2021

BASW CEO Ruth Allen is joined by Morgan Vine, Independent Age.  19 Feb 2021

Update from BASW Council – February 2021.  BASW chair Gerry Nosowska provides an update.  17 Feb 2021

Blog: 'Why testing is just as important as vaccines in social work'.  What has happened to standardised Covid-19 Testing for social workers in England? BASW's Liz Howard asks the question and urges social workers to do the same.  15 Feb 2021

A Vision For Social Work: Adults and A Vision for Social Work: Children and Families launched.  What would a ‘new normal’ look like for social work? Would it be very much like ‘the old normal’, except considerably worse as the pandemic exposed and worsened existing inequalities? Or could social work set out a positive vision for social work, social workers and those who had lived experience of social work services?  12 Feb 2021

#TestAccessRights: Family carer unable to see son due to blanket care home restrictions.  10 Feb 2021

Share your experience of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.    Feb 2021 (now closed)

Recognising loss: 8pm on Monday 8th February.  On Monday the 8th at 8pm, BASW Honorary Officers, Council and staff will hold a two minute silence to acknowledge the struggle, grief and loss within our social work family and our society and across the globe

BASW England Professional Officer Liz Howard spoke to BBC Radio Surrey about the Test, Safe Access, Promote Rights campaign, which BASW launched in November.  (from 2:22:47)

BASW England supports Joint Committee on Human Rights on care home visits.  3 Feb 2021

SWU responds to ONS figures on social worker Covid-19 deaths.   1 Feb 2021

January 2021

Report: BASW Social work during the Covid-19 pandemic - initial findings.  Survey unveils the heavy toll on social workers – a “forgotten frontline” – as restrictions limit their capacity to safeguard vulnerable adults and children.  28 Jan 2021

Covid-19 and Vaccination: A BASW position statement.  Social workers are a high priority for vaccination.  6 January 2021.

** Media coverage **

BBC News Online – 'Covid: Social workers 'braced for tsunami of needs' after lockdown' – Read here

BBC Radio 5 Live - BASW CEO Ruth Allen speaks to 5 Live Drive – Listen here (from 1:16:50)

BBC News Online – 'Covid: Police with tasers accompany social worker on visit' – Read here

BBC News: Breakfast (28 Jan) - Interview with BASW Cymru National Director Allison Hulmes on BBC News Breakfast

BBC Radio 4 - BASW survey featured on The Today Programme - Listen here (from 01:06:26)

Drivetime, BBC Radio Wales – Allison Hulmes speaks in-depth with presenter Gareth Lewis about social work during Covid-19 - Listen here (from 18:00)

BBC Radio Cymru - BASW Cymru member Delyth Griffiths interviewed - Listen here (Welsh language)

BASW Vlog: Ruth Allen CEO is joined by Denise Turner to talk 'Social Work and Covid-19'  29 Jan 2021

BASW England responds to news about urgent proceedings issued against SoS for Health and Social Care - as the number of people with learning disabilities dying from Covid-19 continues to rise.  29 Jan 2021

More than 100,000 lives lost to Covid-19.  This week we have reached a heart-breaking milestone in the pandemic with over 100,000 lives lost.  26 Jan 2021

Lewis Roberts, fostering social worker and BASW UK Vice-Chair, spoke to BBC News this week about the challenges that social workers are facing in dealing with the rise in demand for fostering services during Covid-19. 

Ethical issues and responses for social workers when services are not able to cope with demand.   25 Jan 2021

Updated guidance for Social Workers during Covid-19.  BASW has updated its professional practice resources and guidance to support social workers during Covid-19 and lockdown.

BASW features on Sky News and BBC Radio 4.  In recent weeks BASW has featured in several high profile media stories and features: 

Sky News: School closures could wipe out a decade of progress for less privileged pupils (18/1/21)  - BASW contributes to a feature on the damage to children from lockdown, with snapshot survey of social workers showing referrals have risen and are higher than last year

BBC Radio 4’s World at One (13/1/21) - Oldham council’s Gerard Jones and BASW member Naomi Sanderson discuss how the pandemic has increased referrals and caseloads in an already impoverished borough, as well as how lockdown has presented extra challenges and pressures on social services (from 33.35)

A message from BASW Chief Executive and Chair during this lockdown.  Ruth Allen, BASW CEO and Gerry Nosowska BASW Chair share a message for members.  15 Jan 2021

BASW supports letter calling for urgent review of Free School Meals sent to PM Boris Johnson.  14 Jan 2021

Mentoring.   Connecting.   Networks.   Forums.  BASW offers a range of opportunities to connect in with social workers from across the UK.  View the options on offer to you and get in touch.

The perils of PPE and social work. Professional Social Work magazine - January 2021

Book release - Social Work and Covid-19: Lessons for Education and Practice.  Dr Denise Turner is an experienced, registered Social Worker and currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. She was Chair of the Advisory Group for the national Digital Capabilities project for Social Work, delivered by SCIE and BASW.  With a foreword by BASW CEO Ruth Allen  

BASW England response to report that thousands of vulnerable children have been sent to unregulated care homes during the pandemic.  07 Jan 2021

SASW stands by teachers and schools.  SASW urges the Scottish Government to confirm that school staff are to be in the same priority for vaccination as health and social care staff – Priority 2.  8 Jan 2021

December 2020

**Watch again** Webinar - Talk to SWU: workplace issues.   On 17 December the Social Workers Union (SWU) held a webinar, offering social workers an opportunity to talk to SWU directly about workplace issues - and hear from a panel of Advice Representation Officers and legal experts.

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to 2021.  "My takeout for 2020 is that it has shown the importance of social work.  23 December 2020

A statement of gratitude to BASW Cymru members.  Allison Hulmes, National Director at BASW Cymru, pays tribute to social workers across Wales for all of their hard work and commitment during this extraordinary year.  23 December 2020

A Christmas Message from SASW.  Jude Currie (SASW Chair) and Alison Bavidge (SASW National Director) provide SASW's final update of 2020.  23 December 2020

A Christmas Message from Orlaith McGibbon, BASW NI Chair.  23 December 2020

End of year message from BASW Advice & Representation.  Lien Watts, Head of BASW’s A&R Service and Assistant General Secretary at SWU, provides an update as the year comes to an end.  23 December 2020

A Christmas message from the Social Workers Union (SWU).  John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union (SWU), writes to members ahead of Christmas.  21 December 2020

Winter solstice message from Alison Bavidge.  On winter solstice 2020, SASW National Director Alison Bavidge shares a message of reflection and hope for 'warmer times'.  21 December 2020

A 'Thank You' letter from BASW England.  A letter to social workers from Maris Stratulis (National Director, BASW England), Andy Gill (Chair, BASW England), Angie Bartoli (Vice-Chair, BASW England).  21 December 2020

BASW in Westminster - Christmas edition.  By Kerri Prince, BASWs Public and Political Affairs Lead.  18 December 2020

Blog: Deaf Awareness in Child Protection Social Work.  By Rebekah Pierre, BASW England Professional Officer.  18 December 2020

BASW England launches 'Impact of Covid-19 on AMHP' report.  18 December 2020

BASW England response to legal action for people with learning disabilities to be given vaccine priority.  18 December 2020

Supporting refugees and asylum seekers—an interview with Lord Alf Dubs.  Let's Talk Social Work Podcast.  18 December 2020

End of year message from Ruth Allen, BASW CEO.  Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, reflects on the year and looks forward to 2021.  18 December 2020

50 years in BASW – a professional journey.  Professional Social Work magazine - December, 2020

BASW supports pledge to increase access to higher education for students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  16 December 2020

Blog: Social Work without the ‘Social’.  16 December 2020

BASW Chair discusses impact of Covid-19 on children and families at the Westminster Education Forum.  14 December 2020

‘When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression’  Professional Social Work magazine - December 2020

Covid-19 vaccination programme: a statement from BASW.  14 December 2020

BASW England Survey - Children's entry into state care when working with families who are homeless or at high-risk of imminent homelessness.  11 December 2020

BASW NI calls for alternative approach to use of physical restraint in schools.  11 December 2020

Support the BASW England 80/20 pledge!  We want social workers to have more time to build quality relationships with children and families to make more of a difference!  11 December 2020

#TestAccessRights campaign: BASW Cymru responds to written statement on Covid-19 testing for health and care workers.  11 December 2020

'As a disabled social worker I have experienced discrimination at work'  From Professional Social Work magazine - December 2020

BASW England response to ‘Feeling Heard’ report.  9 December 2020

BASW Cymru backs campaign for free school meals for every state school pupil in Wales.  9 December 2020

NDG announces new Caldicott Principle and guidance on Caldicott Guardians.  9 December 2020

Invitation to comment: A vision for social work (Children and Families/Adults).  7 December 2020

**Watch** Black & Ethnic Minority Professionals Symposium (BPS): SMASHING the Glass Ceiling - Employment Skills Event.  7 December 2020

“Inspirational” Glasgow mental health social worker wins top award for years of dedicated service.  7 December 2020

Updated social work guidance and resources during Covid-19.  4 December 2020

Let's Talk Social Work podcast - new episode available.  In the first of two episodes created to celebrate Human Rights Day, Martin Sexton, Chair of BASW’s Policy, Ethics and Human Rights Committee, joins Andy McClenaghan to discuss the importance of human rights to social work.  4 December 2020

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK - how you can support the campaign.  4 December 2020

This Week in Westminster - Friday 4 December.  "Whilst there is great news about the vaccine, the fallout from COVID-19 will still continue and we must be prepared to use our collective voice to speak up about the direction we want this country to take."

Social work in a hospice during Covid.  

Update: Government confirms it will not appeal Court of Appeal ruling.  2 December 2020

#TestAccessRights campaign - contact your MP.  2 December 2020

World Social Work Day 2021.  The 2021 World Social Day theme is Úbuntu: I am Because We Are.  2 December 2020

November 2020

NEW Survey - Social work during the Covid-19 pandemic.  30 November 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic – Ethical Guidance for Social Workers.   30 November 2020

'How to be a lockdown warrior'  From Professional Social Work magazine's 'Voices during Covid-19' series.   30 November 2020

BASW Cymru writes to Welsh Government regarding student funding.   30 November 2020

BASW member provides frontline voice as The Independent reports on the surge of child protection referrals in the months following the UK’s first lockdown.   30 November 2020

What does the spending review mean for social work?  Poscast  27 November 2020

BASW Cymru response to the Chancellor of Exchequer’s spending review.  27 November 2020

BASW England responds to ADASS report on Covid response.  27 November 2020

‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  BASW England is honoured to have been the corporate Sponsor of the Social Worker of the Year Awards, which this year was a virtual ‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  27 November 2020

This Week in Westminster.  This week was particularly busy as the outcome of the Spending Review was announced by the Chancellor on Wednesday, which spurred many organisations and politicians across the country into scrutinising where the Government was allocating money for the next 12 months – and where they were not.  27 November 2020

BASW is fundraising to support homeless shelters across the UK by sharing festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.  27 November 2020

Government Spending Review: BASW response.  25 November 2020

BASW England hails legal win on children's rights.  25 November 2020

Welsh Government writes to BASW Cymru regarding Test, Access, Rights campaign.  25 November 2020

BASW Cymru urges Welsh Government to provide vital information and guidance for people experiencing or at risk of poverty during Covid-19.  23 November 2020

Social work leaders reveal how the pandemic has really affected the sector.  23 November 2020

Blog: BASW England’s 80-20 campaign - Five lessons, five CPD opportunities.  23 November 2020

SWU: Social workers are facing new pressures as lockdowns and tier systems become embedded into everyday life.  23 November 2020

Blog: ‘A Social Europe is possible! The young generation of Social Workers are the spearhead of change’.  20 November 2020

BASW England joins alliance of organisations calling for fundamental rethink of social security benefits system.  20 November 2020

BASW Cymru raises concerns about race equality in health and social care in Wales.  20 November 2020

Scottish Association of Social Work warns of significant pressure on justice services in midst of community service backlog.  20 November 2020

BASW England responds to latest Public Health England report into deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities during spring wave of Covid-19.  20 November 2020

BASW Chair blog: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  20 November 2020

BASW response to public pay freeze reports.  20 November 2020

Community Care magazine: BASW England calls for consistent levels of PPE and extra investment for social work.  18 November 2020

Liberty Protection Safeguards: BASW responds to the UK Government’s decision to remove the role from care home managers to arrange assessments and gather information in England.  18 November 2020

#TestAccessRights: Share your experiences.  18 November 2020

BASW featured in New Statesman article 'The lost children of lockdown'.  16 November 2020

Update: National Care Forum (NCF) campaign for care home visits and regular testing for visitors.  16 November 2020

Update: BASW Cymru urge Welsh government to change guidance on care home visits.  13 November 2020

BASW joins campaign led by bereaved families calling for Covid-19 Public Inquiry.  13 November 2020

This week in Westminster.  This was a great week for BASW in Westminster, with Parliamentarians from several parties raising the issue of social workers needing access to people living in care and health settings.  13 November 2020

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on latest International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) meeting.  13 November 2020

BASW Cymru urges Welsh government to recognise social workers as professional visitors in national guidance.  11 November 2020

Test, Access, Rights campaign - lobby your MP.   9 November 2020

Blog: Social work needs to be at the heart of any national solution to rising child poverty in England.  9 November 2020

BASW at 50: Free to read articles in the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW).  9 November 2020

National Care Forum (NCF) joins calls for social workers to be recognised as Professional Visitors.  6 November 2020

This Week in Westminster.  The issue of care home visits mentioned at Prime Minister’s Questions, an update on the Immigration Bill – and a meeting between BASW and Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel about the Test, Safe Access, Promote Rights campaign.  6 November 2020

BASW launches new series of Let’s Talk Social Work podcast.  6 November 2020

BASW England responds to guidance for visiting arrangements in care homes for the period of national restrictions.  6 November 2020

‘A tribute to social workers in lockdown’.  6 November 2020

PMQS: Labour leader backs campaign for family visits in care homes.  4 November 2020

BASW England in partnership with BASW Cymru launches ‘Test, Safe Access, Protect Rights’ campaign.  4 November 2020

MPs to debate the shattering impact of Covid-19 on families affected by dementia - show your support for this vital issue by lobbying your local MP.  2 November 2020

'What I’ve learned from working in mental health'.  2 November 2020

October 2020

BLOG - A badge of shame: Child food poverty in England.  30 October 2020

BASW in Westminster: Autumn Recess.  Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK, provides members with an update from Westminster.  30 October 2020

BASW CEO Ruth Allen responds to results of BASW member survey.  30 October 2020

BASW England's response to Minister for Equalities report into the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Ethnic Minority communities.  28 October 2020

BASW Cymru urge Wales First Minister to change the guidance on shopping for essential items.  28 October 2020

BASW England Director writes to Children’s Minister over free school meals.  28 October 2020

Blog: SWU General Secretary John McGowan introduces the BEYOND framework and discusses how social workers can harness different resources to thrive in the workplace.  26 October 2020

A social worker student's letter to the PM on food poverty.  Dominic Watters pens an open letter to Boris Johnson concerning Marcus Rashford’s Campaign #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY #FoodJustice.  26 October 2020

Sky News highlights BASW member poll on child protection referrals and interviews BASW England Director Maris Stratulis.

BASW Vice-Chair speaks to Community Care magazine.  Commenting on the news that 80% of councils have seen rise in children’s placement costs during Covid-19, BASW Vice-Chair Lewis Roberts urged sector leaders and Government to work together. 23 October 2020.  26 October 2020

Social care: Funding and Workforce.  A new Health and Social Care Committee report urges immediate action to address the social care crisis with calls for sustained investment as the pandemic brings the crisis into stark focus.  23 October 2020

BASW England responds to CQC Report ‘Out of Sight - Who Cares?’  23 October 2020

BASW condemns MPs vote against free school meals extension.  23 October 2020

BASW England supports Skills for Care report.  21 October 2020

BASW England Director Maris Stratulis speaks out over concerns for the treatment of people with learning disabilities or autism in hospital, following CQC report findings.  21 October 2020

BASW England to sponsor annual ‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  19 October 2020

Protecting our mental health.  Blog by Ruth Allen, CEO BASW.  16 October 2020

BASW England responds to Care Quality Commission’s annual report on the state of health and social care in England.  16 October 2020

BASW Supports Re-Launch of The Coalition For Personalised Care. 14 October 2020

No Health Without Mental Health.  BASW member Mike Bush writes a poignant blog about his mental health during lockdown. 12 October 2020

The reality of food poverty.  Professional Social Work magazine - 9 October, 2020

Mental health and older people in a time of pandemic.  From social isolation to restrictions in care homes, Covid is having a major impact.  09 October 2020

Government criticised for lack of social work representation on SAGE.  Emergency advisory group missing our knowledge and understanding of communities and human behaviour, says profession.  08 October 2020

We must start to learn the lessons now: As if Expendable – Amnesty International report into the fate of care homes in Covid 19.  Ruth Allen CEO BASW reflects on the urgent and painful failures set out in the report. 07 October 2020

The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.  Brief update.  07 October 2020

BASW in Westminster: Conservative Conference 2020.  By Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK.  07 October 2020

BASW response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report.  CEO Ruth Allen calls for a review of migration barriers after report warns of risks to social care under new immigration rules.  02 October 2020

Coronavirus Act – 6 Month Renewal.  The Coronavirus Bill was introduced to Parliament on Thursday 19th March and became law on Wednesday 25th March 2020.  02 October 2020

BASW Chair blog: Inclusion Week 2020.  Gerry Nosowska blogs on BASW's inclusion work during National Inclusion Week.  National Inclusion Week encourages us to make connections (Each one, reach one), have conversations, really listen and learn, and support each other’s understanding.  02 October 2020

September 2020

BASW England Hospital Discharge survey.  We are keen to capture feedback on hospital discharge during covid-19, including the role of social workers in hospitals and how this has changed since the start of the pandemic.  30 September 2020

BASW England backs Children's Commissioner call for investment.  Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has publishing a major new report examining the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on children.  30 September 2020

Care Act easements.  BASW England Adults social work group response to Coronavirus Crisis.  If th easement powers are to remain, we call on the Government to address the deficiencies in the original guidance and we will lend our support to this.  30 September 2020

September Council – Plans, Campaigns and Inclusion.  BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska, reports back on the latest Council meeting. 28 Sept 2020

John McGowan, General Secretary reports on the SWU AGM. 28 Sept 2020

Joint Committee on Human Rights - The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications.  25 Sept 2020.

Alcohol and other drugs - Covid-19.  Useful resources by BASW's Alcohol and other drugs Special Interest Group.  25 Sept 2020

BASW England provides an initial response to the taskforce report.  The Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: final report, advice and recommendations was published on 18 September 2020.  24 Sept 2020

Adult social care: coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021.  BASW England response to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Winter Plan.  24 Sept 2020

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska shares thanks, reflections and priorities for the year ahead.  Read the Chair’s speech to BASW UK Annual General Meeting 2020. 24 Sept 2020

BASW’s politics blog.  Public and Political Affairs Lead, Kerri Prince at the Labour Conference 2020.  24 Sept 2020

A short questionnaire for members about BASW in the next phases of the pandemic. 21 Sept 2020

SASW to take part in a sponsored 24 hour digital blackout for Challenge Poverty Week.  21 Sept 2020

Building a Fairer Society: One vote at a time.  If you wish your voice to be heard, if you aren’t registered - register to vote now and encourage others to do the same.  18 Sept 2020

Priority testing for social workers.  Testing is vital for the provision of services and to reduce risk of infection for vulnerable groups.  16 Sept 2020

BASW AGM 2020 report.  A vision for the next five years.  16 Sept 2020

A Vision for Social Work.  BASW Consultation Event. 16 Sept 2020

Update from SWU / BASW Austerity Action Group.  "It's important to acknowledge the impact of austerity and inequalities compounded by the pandemic upon many service users who have no access to internet, Wi-Fi, laptops, or mobile phones."  14 Sept 2020

Government consultation on whether to continue relaxing children's social care a 'shambles'.  Campaigners against controversial measures introduced during lockdown say they lack confidence in Department of Education consultation on extending them beyond end of September.  PSW online 10 Sept 2020

Despite social distancing, we must not lose focus on co-production.  Professional Social Work magazine 08 Sept 2020

BASW England group statement on student bursaries.  BASW England Student & NQSW set out recommendations.  07 Sept 2020

BASW CEO Ruth Allen warns cuts to children's services would be the opposite of ‘levelling up'.  Guardian article highlights that vulnerable children are 'at risk' as councils cut services in Covid crisis.  04 Sept 2020

Returning stronger as a social work student.  Social worker and trainer John Lim shares his advice.  Published by Professional Social Work magazine 3 September 2020

Fighting for access to benefits for terminally ill people.  PODCAST - Listen now  04 Sept 2020

'It's frustrating': UK social workers say they lack time and resources to do their job.  Guardian’s Social Lives research finds only 29% in the profession feel their workload is manageable.  01 Sept 2020

August 2020

BASW England fully supports the calls for urgent government action to end the scandal of family homelessness.  Response to the Children’s Commissioner report on the impact of eviction and homelessness on vulnerable children.  28 Aug 2020

BASW England’s response to the Deaths from COVID19 (LeDeR programme).  Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme by University of Bristol raises serious questions about treatment of people with learning disabilities.  27 Aug 2020

BASW statement on DfE ‘Vulnerable children and young people survey’  Review of the summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on children’s social care.  27 Aug 2020

Let's Talk Social Work - latest podcast.  BASW NI's Andy McClenaghan is joined by Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick from Ulster University and Kerry Logan from Housing Rights to discuss the Northern Ireland Cliff Edge Coalition's campaign to extend and strengthen the Northern Ireland welfare reform mitigation package.   24 Aug 2020

Summer planning and preparation.  An update from BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska.  17 August 2020

BASW publishes No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF): Statement and Guidance.  17 August 2020

BASW calls for practical help on channel crossings.  Recent warm weather has seen a significant increase in the number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Channel to the UK from France in open boats.  17 August 2020

BASW England response to the Mencap survey highlighting the impact on Carers of lockdown.  13 August 2020

Letter to Ash Denham, Minister for Community Safety, Stage 3 Children (Scotland) Bill. 10 August 2020 

BASW England celebrates ‘end of year’ for students with virtual disco. 03 August 2020

July 2020

BASW is writing to a wide range of adult social care charities, providers and other organisations across the UK, to express pledges of support for the sector.  Full details are here.  31 July 2020

BASW England has responded to the PAC report into initial Covid-19 response for social care  The Public Accounts Committee reveals the Government did not protect adult social care in the same way as the NHS.  31 July 2020

BASW England supports LGA in a call for adult social care reform.  27 July 2020

Gender equity and intersectionality - BASW England blog.  Blog which explores promoting the rights of all women in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, by Rebekah Pierre, Professional Officer for BASW England.  27 July 2020

BASW England submitted evidence to the 'The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services' consultation. 24 July 2020

BASW Vodcast with recently re-elected BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska. 24 July 2020

Concerns raised on government consultation - Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19).  BASW England comments on open government consultation on whether emergency COVID-linked powers introduced under Statutory Instrument 445 should lapse or be continued after September.  24 July 2020

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases.  The Ministry of Justice released their final report on Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases in June 2020.  Maris Stratulis, National Director BASW England and Allison Hulmes, National Director BASW Cymru set out a joint response detailing concerns. 24 July 2020

BASW is calling for member involvement in analysis of the social work during Covid survey.  24 July 2020

Social Workers Union comments on recent strike action in Tower Hamlets.  24 July 2020

Pay uplift for social workers still unclear after public sector pay announcement.  BASW continues to advocate for good working conditions for social workers including good pay, and support colleagues in wider social care in their urgent calls for funding for pay and services.  22 July 2020

SWU Blog: Almost 900,000 public sector workers to get pay rise, but not social workers.  Blog by John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union (SWU).  22 July 2020

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) Implementation Delay.  We remain concerned for the welfare of the many vulnerable people in care homes and elsewhere who are not yet protected by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, or whose reviews have been delayed by lack of resources in local government.  22 July 2020

New service launched: BASW Professional Support Service - here to support you.  Hear from BASW CEO Ruth Allen on our new service for members.  20 July 2020

 

BASW Vodcast with new co-editors of the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW).  BASW CEO Ruth Allen is joined by Professor Vasilios Loakimidis and Dr. Reima Ana Maglajlic.  17 July 2020

BASW increases support for social workers overseas in fight against Covid.  An update on BASW's International Development Fund (IDF).  17 July 2020

SWU Social work campaign hits the airwaves.  John McGowan, General Secretary of SWU highlights that the SWU campaign has 'called on politicians and social work employers to implement a six-point action plan. And we have had significant new support from politicians. This has included a parliamentary question being tabled by Lord Judd'  17 July 2020

As we start to experience a gradual opening up of lockdown, it is timely to update you on BASW services.  An update from BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska.  15 July 2020

Social work associations across the world took part in the first ever online general meeting of the International Federation of Social Workers.  BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska gives a round-up of the IFSW Global Meeting 11-13 July 2020

Black Lives Matters — The Social Work response to challenging racial injustice in the UK.  BASW Lets Talk Social Work Podcast 13 July 2020

BASW vodcast: Steve Appleton, Regional Lead for Europe at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).  Steve Appleton, Regional Lead for Europe at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), joins the latest BASW vodcast in conversation with CEO Ruth Allen.  10 July 2020

BASW Cymru raises concerns with Swansea University regarding the proposed cut in staffing to their Social Work Programme. 09 July 2020

Blog by John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union, on the launch of SWU's 6 Point Action Plan.  10 July 2020

SWU: Social Work’s Six-Point Urgent Action Plan.  09 July 2020

BASW's initial comment on the Summer Economic Statement.  BASW sets out initial views on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer economic statement. 08 July 2020

BASW Cymru is piloting the Social Workers Working Conditions and Wellbeing Toolkit in the Swansea Council Child and Family Services.  07 July 2020

Refugee rights must be protected.  BASW supports cross-party amendments to maintain the full rights of individuals under Dublin III regulation and within the EU Settlement Scheme.  02 July 2020

COVID 19 and inequality in the workplace.  BASW advice and representation officer Laura Sheridan highlights bad management in social work during COVID-19 leading to discrimination towards pregnant women, disabled, BAME and agency workers. 03 July 2020

PM must prioritise children as much as health and economy.  Plea from over 150 organisations including Social Workers Union. 01 July 2020

June 2020

#StarsInMemory – Connected by Care – United by Loss.  BASW supports national campaign to remember those lost to Covid 19.  26 June 2020

Upholding Human Rights during Covid-19.  An overarching statement from BASW. Updated 24 June 2020

BASW UK 50th anniversary virtual festival – a chance to watch again!  Contributions include reflections on social work during the Covid pandemic.  Plus vlog by CEO Ruth Allen.  22-23 June 2020

New Social Worker Wellbeing and Working Conditions: Good Practice Toolkit.  The toolkit has been developed by BASW with Bath Spa University and SWU and is aimed at accelerating action across all parts of the workplace.  23 June 2020

Top tips for virtual direct work with children & families during COVID-19. Rebekah Pierre, BASW England Professional Officer shares virtual top tips on how best to engage and capture children’s voices, even at a distance.  22 June 2020

Watch again: Access new resources for social workers supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities - including duringCovid 19 18 June 2020

BASW England launch latest resources to improve social worker support for autistic adults and adults with learning disability - including during the COVID-19 pandemic. 18 June 2020

ADASS report exposes a seriously underfunded care system.  Maris Stratulis National Director for BASW England comments on the ADASS Budget survey.  18 June 2020

BASW calls for NRPF to be suspended during Covid-19.  BASW calls for the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition to be suspended by government, so that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to receive financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.  16 June 2020

Supporting members who are juggling work and childcare or caring responsibilities.  Recently we have been supporting members who are having difficulty working their full-time hours whilst trying to juggle childcare or caring responsibilities. 15 June 2020

BASW weekly vlog - Global Social Work.  BASW CEO Ruth Allen is joined by David Jones, Chair of BASW International Committee and Godfred Boahen, Policy, Research and Practice Improvement Projects Lead BASW to explore BASW’s longstanding relationship to global social work. 12 June 2020

BASW comments on announcement that probation services to return to public control.  BASW welcomes the announcement from the Westminster government today that the part-privatised probation service in England and Wales would be fully ‘renationalised’ after research and experience on the ground showed spectacular failures.  12 June 2020

Out of the Shadows – the role of social workers in disasters.  BASW England is developing a book which will focus on the poignant and important personal stories of people with lived experience and social workers involved in disaster and emergency responses past and present including the COVID 19 pandemic for book development.  12 June 2020 

More support needed for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.  BASW statement following figures published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  10 June 2020

BASW Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group position statement.  BASW will continue to campaign against racialised political discrimination, which has been magnified under Covid-19 and ‘hostile environment’ policies.  Published 8 June 2020

BASW statement following Public Health England report ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19’.  More must be done to address the disproportionate number of deaths of people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities due to Covid-19.  10 June 2020

Update by John McGowan, Social Workers Union (SWU) General Secretary.  Social Workers Union activates campaign to encourage urgent action to address key issues.  10 June 2020

BASW weekly vlog.  Ruth Allen CEO is joined by Narinder Sidhu and Hari Sewell in discussion on the role of social work and BASW in tackling inequality and injustice.  Date published 05 June 2020

COVID 19 Staff Risk Assessment Guide and Flowchart  To assist managers and staff with staff risk assessments.  Published 5 June 2020

SWU Blog: Funding for AAG group secured for another year.  Date published 03 June 2020

May 2020

BASW vlog update.  BASW member and Council member Julia Ross joins Ruth Allen CEO BASW in conversation for our latest update.  Date published 29 May 2020

BASW Statement on the latest evidence of Covid-19 in care homes.  Date published 29 May 2020

Social workers could be overwhelmed when children return to school.  Date published 29 May 2020

Immigration Bill surcharge - update.  We have joined other organisations to work in partnership on a joint letter to Priti Patel MP and Matthew Hancock MP to ask to ensure that this change is applied in a way that will truly benefit the people who work in health and social care on whom we all rely.  Date published 29 May 2020

The role of social workers in a pandemic and its aftermath: learning from Covid-19.  BASW professional social work practice guidance. Date published 28 May 2020

SWU blog: Concern for reduction in social work referrals.  Date published 28 May 2020

BASW Statement: Government Abandons Health Surcharge. Date published 22 May 2020

We have now received responses to letters sent to both Clara Swinson (Director General for Public and Global Health and DHSC) and Yvonne Doyle (Medical Director for Public Health England). ‘No public health without social health’.  Sets our our response that social work’s role in public health is not well recognised and does not seem to be an embedded part of national public health thinking or strategy.  Published 13 May 2020

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska joins BASW CEO Ruth Allen for our latest vlog update.  Hear from Ruth and Gerry in conversation on all things social work including the importance of wellbeing, reflections on the recovery phases of the pandemic and the ongoing concerns raised by social workers - plus BASW updates and more! Date published 22 May 2020

IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell provides an overview of the first 5 months of the Social Work Response to COVID-19.Date published 19 May 2020

The points-based immigration proposals are a concern for the future availability of social workers and our hugely valued, skilled care colleagues.  BASW responds as the Government re-introduces the new Immigration Bill to Parliament. Date published 18 May 2020

Reforms to Unregulated Provision for Children in Care and Care Leavers Survey.  BASW England consults on DfE proposals. Published 15 May 2020

BASW supports international partners in battle against Covid-19.  BASW commits £30,000 to support international social work partners in the fight against Covid 19.  Published 15 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week May 18th – 24th: ‘This is for all of us’ Blog by Ruth Allen, CEO BASW.  Published 15 May 2020

BASW Statement: Domestic Abuse and Covid-19.  Published 13 May 2020

‘No public health without social health’.  Social work’s role in public health is not well recognised and does not seem to be an embedded part of national public health thinking or strategy. We have now received responses to letters sent to both Clara Swinson (Director General for Public and Global Health and DHSC) and Yvonne Doyle (Medical Director for Public Health England).  Published 13 May 2020

SWU Blog: Please join SWU and donate to the SWBT.  General Secretary of the Social Workers Union (SWU) John McGowan urges social workers to do what they can, if they can.  Published 13 May 2020

Lockdown exit plans should put safety, fairness and human rights first.  BASW and SWU respond to the Westminster Government’s announcement to ease some lockdown measures. 11 May 2020

Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director and Director for Health Protection responds to BASW England letter that highlighted the ongoing concerns being raised by social workers, including shortage of PPE and asks for a clearer understanding of people's vulnerability to Covid-19 including why BAME health and care workers are disproportionately affected.  Read the Director and Director for Health Protection response here. 11 May 2020

  • BASW England will continue to call for answers and monitor the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on social worker and the communities we work within.

Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen.  Week 5 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19.  Published 7 May 2020

Open letter to Public Health England on the ongoing concerns for social work and wider health and care workforce during Covid-19. Published 7 May 2020

Ethical Challenges for Social Workers During COVID-19.   BASW would like to invite you to participate in research conducted by the International Federation of Social Workers and an international social work ethics research group, consisting of academics from a number of countries, including the UK.  Date published 04 May 2020

BASW guidance for Covid-19.  Professional practice guidance during Covid-19 - BASW reviewing and updating guidance.  Published 01 May 2020

John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union (SWU) provides an overview of the importance of whistleblowing in the workplace and shares helpful advice and guidance.  Published 01 May 2020

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group: seeking BASW members to join.  Your voice matters and we are keen to hear from individuals who are passionate and have experience in this area. Published 01 May 2020

Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen.  Week 4 of the BASW weekly video update by Ruth Allen BASW CEO during Covid-19. Published 1 May 2020

BASW England urges government to withdraw statutory instrument which ‘risks the welfare and rights of children’ The welfare and safeguarding of children is undermined by The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  Published 01 May 2020

April 2020

BASW Statement: Care Homes, Personal Assistants and Covid-19.  BASW urge a joined-up, comprehensive response by the government to address these issues.  Date published 29 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for Safeguarding Adults during Covid-19 Pandemic: Addendum: Safeguarding adults in placements.  Published date 29 April 2020

Upholding Human Rights during Covid-19.  The pandemic is exposing great inequality in impact and in human rights protection across the UK. BASW sets out urgent concerns and demands on upholding Human Rights during Covid-19.  Published 27 April 2020

Quick Guide: Self-care for Social Workers during Covid-19.  This quick guide is designed to support social workers with ideas and strategies for self-care.  Published 27 April 2020

Face to Face Visit Checklist During Covid-19.  Published 27 April 2020

Vlog update from BASW CEO Ruth Allen.  Ruth Allen provides a video update of the ongoing work of BASW throughout Covid-19.  Published 24 April 2020

BASW Statement on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  BASW sets out its key actions in light of the regulations publication.  Published 24 April 2020

BASW and SWU support the call for the remembrance of health and social care workers who have lost their lives during COVID-19.  Every year on April 28th, all around the globe the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day. Published 24 April 2020

Open letter calls for austerity policies to be rolled back as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Austerity Action Group is calling for decade long austerity policies to be rolled back as part of the response to the Covid-19. 24 April 2020

BASW England responds to BBC article on vulnerable children not attending school.  Article included statement from Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield that social workers should be “knocking on doors” Published 22 April 2020

BASW's thank you to social workers and all key workers.  Poster to download and display to thank social workers and all key workers.  Published 22 April 2020

Tell us what is happening in children’s services.  A partnership poll with several children’s charities seeks to gather intelligence from the frontline to take to Government.  Published 22 April 2020

COSW highlights crisis for social work during pandemic.  A report on COSW’s first ever virtual meeting and the issues raised.  Published 21 April 2020

BASW England writes to minister over statutory duties.  Letter co-signed with partner organisations seeks clarity over safeguarding.  Published 21 April 2020

COSW highlights crisis for social work during pandemic.  A report on COSW’s first ever virtual meeting and the issues raised.  Published 21 April 2020

End of Life social work during Covid-19.  Professional practice guidance for End of Life Social Work during Covid-19 Pandemic.  BASW Published 20th April 2020

BASW CEO Ruth Allen provides a video update of the ongoing work of BASW throughout Covid-19.  Published 17 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for hospital social work with adults during Covid-19.  BASW guidance to prepare for face to face social work in hospitals.  Published 17 April 2020.

BASW joins academics and sector leaders call for COVID-19 Wellbeing Taskforce.  Margaret Holloway, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Hull and Editor for the British Journal of Social Work on the call for a Covid 19 wellbeing taskforce.  Date published 15 April 2020

Recognition for Social Work is especially meaningful during the COVID-19 pandemic.  SWU general secretary, John McGowan, blog on the need for more respect for social workers during this pandemic.  Date published 15 April 2020

Changing BASW to support you through the pandemic. The coronavirus crisis has inevitably meant that BASW has had to change how we prioritise our work, deliver our services and represent the profession.  Published 09 April 2020

By being members, we are all making a difference and helping our fellow social workers. I know we will keep supporting and encouraging each other.  Message to BASW members by Gerry Nosowska, BASW chair. Published 09 April 2020

High quality and person-centred advanced care planning (ACP) is a vital means of promoting personal dignity at the end of life.  BASW comments on recent press reports of misuse of ACP and of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices being issued inappropriately. Published 09 April 2020.

Professional practice guidance for Children and Families Social Work during Covid-19 Pandemic.  Published 08 April 2020.

Supporting members with professional advice and guidance during Covid-19. The A&R team is here to offer support during Covid-19 with FAQs.  Published 08 April 2020

Gaps in infection prevention and PPE advice and requirements for social workers - Open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care
Gerry Nosowska BASW Chair and Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO have issued an open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care BASW to raise significant gaps in Public Health guidance for social workers during the Covid-19 crisis in relation to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Published 06 April 2020

Issued an open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care to raise significant gaps in Public Health guidance for social workers during the Covid-19 crisis in relation to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  6 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for home visits during Covid-19 Pandemic.To help social workers and their employers manage the risks of home visits during the Covid-19 risk. Published 03 April 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic – Ethical Guidance for Social Workers.  Responding to the very specific circumstances generated by COVID-19.  Published 01 April 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Social Work Practice - A Briefing.  Published 01 April 2020

Responding to the Coronavirus Act 2020, sharing social work briefings and government submissions.  We are continuing to explore the impact of these important changes and will ensure we protect and support the needs of social workers and the people that use services

BASW calls on the Prime Minister to provide essential PPE and guidance for social workers and include as priority group for testing. BASW Chair and CEO issue an open letter to Prime Minister to support social workers.  Published 1 April 2020

BASW statement on the loss of a social worker to COVID-19.  Southwark Council reports sad news.  Published 1 April 2020

March 2020

BASW and SCIE launch digital capabilities framework and resources for social workers, employers and educators.  Supporting social workers’ digital capabilities.  Published 27 March 2020

BASW continues to raise the urgent issues with social work leaders and provides an update on action so far.  Updated 27 March 2020

Voices of 1200 social workers through BASW Covid-19 survey set agenda for safety and effective practice during pandemic.  Overview of the findings and the actions BASW is taking.  Published 25 March 2020

Supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during coronavirus outbreak.  Joint statement by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Published 25 March 2020

Students need to be given the opportunities and support to make the choices they want to make about placements in these uncertain times..  BASW calls for co-ordinated action. Published 25 March 2020

BASW is continuing to work with partners to raise your key COVID-19 concerns.  Ruth Allen CEO BASW provides an update on our work to raise your issues with key partners.  Published 23 March 2020

The Coronavirus Bill- an update.  BASW has written to ministers to set out pressing issues for consideration in relation to the Bill. Published 23 March 2020

Social workers are key workers / critical workers Published 20 March 2020

The Coronavirus Bill: The Response from BASW.  BASW'’s initials calls are set out. Published 20th March 2020

Update from BASW Council.  Gerry Nosowska BASW chair provides an update.  Published 20th March 2020.

Social workers vital role must be urgently recognised and resourced throughout COVID-19 crisis.  BASW’s latest press release.  Published 19th March 2020.

COVID 19 and support for BASW members (Published 17th March 2020).  BASW is making changes to how we work and mobilising to support members through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Information on BASW events during coronavirus (Published 13th March 2020)

See also updates from across the UK nations:

BASW Cymru

BASW NI

SASW

BASW England