April 4 th 2011 The purpose of the seminar: The seminars developed as a response to members concerns about what is happening to adult social work The seminars aim to share experiences and use the experiences to influence policy and defend social work with adults. Adult Social Work Seminars.
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April 4th 2011 • The purpose of the seminar: • The seminars developed as a response to members concerns about what is happening to adult social work • The seminars aim to share experiences and use the experiences to influence policy and defend social work with adults Adult Social Work Seminars The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Introductions • Joe Godden (England Adult Policy Development) • Introductions from attendees Name, job, student, where you work and expectations – please speak up • Attendance list – please write e mail clearly • Permission to share e mails and photos + confidentiality The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Format for the seminar • BASW who we are and update re issues • Brief overview of the issues for adult social work • Discussion of key issues in groups • Feedback on the issues from the groups • What BASW can do – what do you want action on? The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
What is BASW? • BASW is the largest professional association representing social work and social workers in the UK • Help, support and advice • BASW is independent and does not receive any Government funding • Chance to be engaged in a national and international profession The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Support when the going gets tough BASW’s Advice and Representation Service: • the only service of it’s kind offering support, advice and direct representation for members • the only such service which is provided by professional social workers for professional social workers • BASW’s professional indemnity insurance covers individual members against the cost of defending legal action taken against them Picture by CHANGE The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Developments in BASW/CoSW • Campaigning for social work • CPD system to interactively record CPD and link learning to outcomes • BASW CPD service • Parliamentary Officer appointed - Cat Smith • Meetings with Health Professions Council • Revision of sub committees • An arm of BASW/CoSW becoming a recognised Trade Union • The future of BASW May 26th The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Interactive web site • Join BASW • Jobs • News / information • BASW policies • myBASW • Access to Journals • Consultations www.basw.co.uk The British Association of Social Workers
Health and Social Care Bill • Been making strong representations and looks like have succeeded in Government amending the Bill to include: • Chief Social Worker • and College with statutory powers. • http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/healthandsocialcare/committees/houseofcommonspublicbillcommitteeonthehealthandsocialcarebill201011.html • On going meetings with ministers and MPs re • role and function of SW and protection of function The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
BASW and the College of Social Work • BASW/CoSW was dealt very badly by the Interim Board • BASW/CoSW believes that there is a once in a life time opportunity for social workers to “own” their profession and have a strong, and independent College as other professions do • Add your voice to the campaign, stand up for social work and social work values www.basw.co.uk The British Association of Social Workers
Recent activity re The College A set of shared principles have been agreed for the college: • A college that is social worker led • A college that is strong and effective • A college that provides a strong, authoritative voice for the profession • A college that Is independent • A college that is accountable More meetings have been agreed over the coming month to discuss a process of convergence to build one college. • An arm of BASW/CoSW becoming a recognised Trade Union • CPD system to interactively record CPD and link learning to outcomes • The system will enable members to use their electronic portfolio to meet demands of HPC, including HPC audit and link learning to Social Work Professional Standards • BASW CPD accreditation service
Update re College of Social Work 19.4.11 • An announcement is pending between BASW and the Interim Board which will be called a memorandum of understanding. This memorandum will say that a new College is being planned, which will combine the resources of the Interim Board (their resources are time limited) and BASW. In order to develop the College BASW and the Interim Board will work together, including an agreement not take any decisions that are without the agreement of the other. BASW members will vote at the AGM whether to accept the proposals, which will see BASW subsumed into the College of Social Work. • The new College will invite Trade Unions (note plural) to participate, but no single Trade Union will have an exclusive deal. • All BASW members are urged to attend the AGM on May 26th in Birmingham to vote on this crucial issue
What is happening re SWRB • The Social Work Reform Board promised a great deal. BASW/CoSW fully involved. Shift from “must” to “advisory” • SWRB offers a great opportunity for social work, it is worth looking at the “One Year On” report: http://www.education.gov.uk/swrb/ • Employer standards – • Capabilities Framework • Supervision Framework • Demand and Supply of Social Workers • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment www.basw.co.uk The British Association of Social Workers
What is happeningadult services? • Comprehensive Spending Review / cuts • Munro report • Social Work Reform • GSCC to HPC • Long term funding of social care • Performance management • Vision Adult Social Care • Personalisation - role of social work? • The “Big Society” • Health and Social Care Bill • Mental Health Strategy • Integration / disaggregation • Law commission review of adult social care law www.basw.co.uk The British Association of Social Workers
Key issues for you • In groups identify the top three issues for you re adult services – 5 minutes (so don’t analyse) – appoint a spokesperson • Select the top issue and further discussion in groups 30 mins. • Feedback to the meeting The British Association of Social Workers www.basw.co.uk
Key issues you have raised: • Resources that social workers have at their disposal – reductions in quantity with increased demand. This posing issues of social workers having continually lower expectations of service users regarding services – this not easy. • Personalisation agenda of concern, whilst social workers fully supportive of the principles of personalisation two things are fundamental: • Personal budgets are not for everyone, many service users, particularly at a time of crisis, do not want to take on the demands of managing a personal budget • There need to be good support systems in place for service users who opt for personal budgets. These resources include: • Flexible commissioned services • Support to manage personal budgets www.basw.co.uk The British Association of Social Workers
Key issues ctd. • Concerns were expressed about the threat to the role of social workers in multi disciplinary teams and particularly the the importance of professional support to social workers by social workers. There was also concern about Community Treatment Orders and the vital role of social workers – as independent practitioners – to ensure independence in statutory work. • It was acknowledged that adult services teams need a skill mix, but that it is essential to have qualified social workers to support these teams. Adult safeguarding, plus all the duties in relation to statutory safeguards for vulnerable adults is complex work and without the training and experience there will be many people put at risk. • Concerns were also expressed about the importance of social work in commissioning and the review of services. • There was discussion about the possibility of adult social work practices as a model for future social work. There was good debate about this area and although concerns were expressed there were also views expressed that this direction could improve services to service users. The early reports of the Social Work Practice Pilots in Looked After Children’s services were mentioned.
Other issues • The move from GSCC to HPC was discussed and the reasons for this – the main one being that it will be a lot cheaper for social workers to register than if GSCC was to continue as public subsidies to the GSCC will cease. (If GSCC registration was to remain it would cost social workers £230 a year. The registration fee for HPC has not been finalised • The HPC have experience of regulation of 15 professions and have developed systems to support professionals, such as on line CPD recording • The issue was raised as to why there needs to be a regulator as well as a college. This is the way that most professions work. The HPC will ensure minimum standards, the College will drive up professionalism, public image, ensure quality of training and qualifications etc. • The challenge of social workers coming off degree courses and not finding work because of the recession was raised. It is hoped that the issue of supply and demand will be tackled more systematically by the SWRB / College
Next steps • It was agreed that there is a great opportunity for social work to develop and thrive with the SWRB and the College of Social Work on the horizon. It is also a time of great challenges and it was agreed that social workers need to stand together in order to provide good quality social work. • A number of participants expressed interest in forming a network or BASW branch in the Bristol area – Joe Godden said this would be more than welcomed and support would be given. • Joe Godden said he would be more than happy to return to Bristol in six months or a year to continue the debate.
Thank you • Please do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org • 07917897515 • PS BASW are running a national student and NQSW conference on June 28th in London http://www.basw.co.uk/events/ £15 BASW members, £20 non members. • There are also lots of other events coming up in the next few months which are either free or minimum cost. If you want similar events in the Bristol area I am happy to discuss