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The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are here to promote the best possible social work services for all people who may need them, while also securing the well-being of social workers. BASW has established an arms length trade union, the Social Workers Union (SWU) which together with our Advice & Representation Service offers a range of services to improve the protection of our members in the workplace. By joining the Association, our members are committing to the values set out within our Code of Ethics and enjoy an unrivalled range of services and benefits.
BASW also comprises the BASW Trust, a registered charity; Venture Press Ltd, a publishing company and provides financial support to the Social Workers Benevolent Trust and Social Worker Educational Trust.
BASW maintains strong international links through its membership of the International Federation of Social Workers.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_BASW.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated September 2016
1) Servicing the needs of the social work sector
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is a membership organisation, servicing the needs of Social Workers, Social Work Students and the profession of Social Work. Social Workers support a diverse range of service users throughout the UK.
To become a member of BASW – Social Workers and Social Work Students are asked to commit to the BASW Code of Ethics for Social Work. This document is a key reference point for all social workers to inform, enable and empower them to practice within an ethical framework to high standard of practice.
One of the key services BASW provide is training events and other CPD opportunities. These are open to all social workers in the UK and our programme is a combination of paid for and free of charge events. The cost of these events and opportunities are significantly subsidised by BASW. By providing training events and CPD opportunities for Social Workers we believe that social workers are better equipped to practice to the highest possible standards and that they can then deliver a better service to the vulnerable people they work with.
BASW represents the views of social workers to government at Westminster, the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly. BASW is also the UK representative at the International Federation of Social Workers.
As part of its work, BASW makes a donation to the Social Workers Benevolent Trust and the Social Workers Educational Trust. This is a per capita amount based on annual membership figures and in addition to the monetary donation, BASW provides administrative and accounting support to the two Trusts. These two are then able to give out minor grants to Social Workers who are in hardship (via the Benevolent Trust) and to Social Workers who wish to further study within the discipline (via the Educational Trust). For the year 2014/2015 BASW donated £53949 between the Benevolent Trust and the Educational Trust.
Although we don’t directly work with distinct, socially challenged groups, by speaking up for the social work profession, social workers and for those who need their services, and by campaigning and lobbying in order to have the best possible influence on policy, legislation and practice, we are able to influence decisions that are made that affect a diverse range of service users in the UK. In the last 12 months, BASW has recruited a Senior Parliamentary Affairs Officer to lobby Government on matters of Social Work.
2) Providing training and events
In 2015, BASW ran approximately 60 Training Events/CPD opportunity’s/Conferences/Seminars/Special Interests meetings and forums on a wide range of topics, some examples of which follow:
- Social work and supporting victims of war and genocide
- Revisiting Social Models of Mental Health Social Work
- Human Trafficking: a global problem, a local perspective
- Conversations with families about alcohol and drugs – effective social work
- Social work as a human rights profession
- Social work under pressure – responding to risk in an environment of cuts
- Understanding offending through the internet
In addition to these 60 plus opportunities for Social Workers, BASW has organised and facilitated many more sessions and meetings of members, non-members and other stakeholders to help develop consultations responses, write guidance documents for the profession and help lead the profession.
While it is hard to quantify the impact on practice for service users, we know that of the 60 events BASW held, 1,593 people booked places in 2015.
3) Responding to changes in legislation to meet specific training needs
BASW’s training and CPD programme is very fluid and reflects both national and localised training needs. We are able to respond quickly to changes in legislation and provide responses to specific training needs.
An example in 2015 would be the series of seminars run to reflect changes in legislation in England. BASW ran The Care Act and Statutory Guidance – the implications and lessons for social workers in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol and London.
The work BASW does to influence policy on matters of Social Work is another way to show how we are helping to improve the situation for service users. BASW is the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work the purpose of which is to promote knowledge and understanding of social work.
The BASW 2020 Vision, developed by our member driven leadership describes the Association as BASW; the strong independent voice for social work and social workers. The BASW 2020 Vision breaks down into five elements:- Strong, Independent, Voice, Social Work and Social Workers. Each element of the Vision is described as below.
- Strong – we will build strength through unity of vision and purpose, and will strengthen the Association by increasing our membership, our services, and our influence across the four countries of the UK
- Independent – We will maintain our independence from governments and from employers in order to be able to act in the best interests of the profession
- Voice – We will ensure a strong voice in the media, and to governments and their agencies, in order to speak up for social work and social workers, and for those who need our services, campaigning and lobbying in order to have the best possible influence on policy, legislation and practice
- Social work – We will ensure that the profession retains ownership of its values, ethics, knowledge, and practice, and we will defend, develop and strengthen social work as a unique profession rooted in social justice and respect for human dignity and worth
- Social workers – We will provide professional advice, support for practice, and training and development opportunities, and represent and defend social workers individually and collectively