BASW - The British Association of Social Workers

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The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the only professional association for social workers in the UK, with offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We’re 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 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.


Membership benefits include:

- A free confidential employment advice service and regulatory council representation* (BASW members of three months standing)
- The option to become a member of the Social Workers Union *
- 50% discount on membership for first post-qualifying year for existing student members
- £5 million Professional Indemnity Insurance* (Please note: Student members are only covered for professional placements)
Professional Social Work magazine ten times a year
- Substantial subscription discounts on BASW’s journals, the British Journal of Social Work and Practice: Social Work in Action
- A Code of Ethics plus guidance and information
- Free and discounted professional development events including the annual student conference. Visit BASW’s online events page
- An online CPD data tool ­– the easiest way to maintain your training and development record
- 30% discount at BASW’s online bookshop
- Regular e-bulletins
- An independent and member-led organisation
- A strong voice in the media, representing the social work profession
- A members-only online social worker forum
- The chance to discuss and influence policy through BASW’s network of groups and committees including reference groups on Children and Families; Criminal Justice; Professional Development; Mental Health; and Adults. Find out more about BASW England reference groups .
- A campaigning organisation, lobbying the UK government and policy formers for better social worker support

* Refer to the website for further information

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