NESWA’s Big BASW Update

As a Social Work Teaching Partnership, we always try to keep up to date with what is going on nationally and we remain in constant dialogue with BASW regarding the changing landscape of social work and how it will impact the North East. To that end, we have the following information to share regarding upcoming events and blogs from BASW.


BASW and RiPfA launch projects to develop practice in adult social care – Government funding secured to promote best social work practice with older people and adults with learning disabilities

The British Association of Social Work (BASW), Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are delighted to announce further investment in two projects to develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD) for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities.

BASW has been awarded the contract for these two projects by DHSC and are pleased to be delivering these in conjunction with RiPfA. The projects will run from October 2018 to April 2019.

In 2017, BASW England developed the Capabilities Statement and a CPD pathway for social work with older people. The newly commissioned work will evaluate the use of this framework and aims to embed this further within social work CPD and practice.

The second project will create a new Capabilities Statement and CPD pathway for social work with adults who have learning disabilities. 

Both projects will be underpinned by co-production between social workers and those who use services, ensuring that they are designed with a focus on best practice that is grounded in human rights and promotion of citizenship.

“These exciting projects aim to improve social work practice for individuals, social workers and organisations across adult social care,” says BASW chief executive, Dr Ruth Allen.  

“As populations live longer, in growing numbers and with greater cultural diversity, our professional development must keep pace with a rapidly changing society. This new investment will help us all deliver the very best social work practice we can,” says Chief Social Worker for Adults in England, Lyn Romeo.

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Why Social Work Activism isn’t Dead – A Blog by Wayne Reid (BASW England Professional Officer)

To some the idea of social work activism is nearly as taboo as swearing in church. But Wayne Reid argues it is as relevant today as ever. To read the full article, please click here


BASW Event – Thursday 15th November, 6-8pm – The Role of Social Workers in Disasters

BASW England is hosting a free event to learn more about the role of social workers in disasters and the important role they play. The event is a fringe event for the National Children & Adults Services Conference which is due to take place in Manchester from 14-16 November.

The event promises to be an engaging insight into the perspective of those who have lived through tragic events such as Hillsborough and Grenfell and how the role of social workers can be re-defined in these situations.

For further details on the event, please see the below flyer.

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