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What is the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

BASW is the largest professional association for social work 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 & Representation Service offers a range of services to improve the protection of our members in the workplace.

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.

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Who are BASW Independents

BASW Independents are members of the British Association of Social Workers who also subscribe to an enhanced Independents membership package. All BASW Independents have £5 million professional indemnity insurance with many also having £5 million public liability cover.

These members practice in a self-employed capacity either full or part-time and most often bring a wealth of professional and academic experience to their practice.

The Code of Ethics & The Code of Ethics Addendum

By joining the Association, our members are committing to the values set out within our Code of Ethics and The Code of Ethics Addendum, additional guidance for independent social workers.

What is the BASW Independents Directory

The BASW Independents Directory acts as a public resource to enable potential clients to procure the services of BASW Independents directly. The Directory is designed to allow you to search for an Independent specialising in different areas of expertise located in a specific region.

Those listed within this Directory are all members of BASW and subscribe to an enhanced Independents package.

BASW does not endorse any particular individual or business. It is important that you make your own enquiries and satisfy yourself that the person or business you choose is the right one for the task you have in mind.

This site is provided as a service to those seeking genuine services of an Independent. We do not permit direct marketing.