British Association of Social Workers

Is it Acceptable to Have More Than a Million Children Suffering From Neglect in the UK?

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Tens of thousands of social workers throughout the UK devote their lives to helping children out of desperate and abusive situations. To get to the root of what could help more families, we asked these professionals about the pressures they face.

Statesman Gove Using Murdoch Tactics to Brainwash the Public

Hayley Meachin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

When asked to compile a guest list for a dream dinner party, precious few would add Education Secretary Michael Gove to the usual suspects of Ghandi, Jesus, Churchill, John Lennon et al; yet in Westminster political circles Gove is a shrewd and much respected political figure, a Svengali for New Tories and a man mooted as a future leader.

Lack of Media Interest in Gloria Foster's Death a Sad Reflection of Society's Attitude to the Elderly

Hayley Meachin | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

A former secretary at global corporation Shell, in her youth Gloria Foster was described by a friend as "incredibly glamorous, she loved life". In later life, following a stroke, her vitality faded, and she became reclusive, not wanting her many friends to witness her decline.

The Tragedy of the Philpott Children Is Not That They Lived, But That They Died

Hayley Meachin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Mick Philpott did not commit this crime because he was on benefits, but because of the narcissistic and controlling person he was. It would be a backwards step in our understanding of human behaviour if we start viewing people's actions through a prism of their income. The Philpott children were much loved; they had siblings and extended family who will undoubtedly be suffering terribly from their loss. I hope that Mick Philpott's living children will be supported not stigmatised, as Fred West's children have been, by dint of birth through their grief.

World Social Work Day: Blowing the Whistle Becomes a Silent Scream If Nobody Listens

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Today is World Social Work Day, but given the dire state of public services, many might reach a conclusion that there is little to celebrate. This year's theme of 'Promoting Social and Economic Equalities' does not sit comfortably with vulnerable people who are being told by social workers that they cannot have help because of funding cuts.

Troubled Families? Or Troubled Stats?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

When the wider provision of support for vulnerable children and families is under systemic assault from the decimation of central and local government budgets, some old recycled statistics and 16 isolated families do not merit a reason to be cheerful.

Iain Duncan Smith: The Father of Four Who Wants to Provide Bread for Just Two

Hayley Meachin | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

We don't currently live in a country that practices population control, and the poor children that the government seeks to punish simply for existing are already here and a part of our society. We can't send them back, nor should we wish them away.

Don't Mistake Hatred for Freedom of Speech

Hayley Meachin | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Yes, social workers make an assessment of a child's situation, but this then has to be scrutinised by managers and local authority lawyers before the child even begins their journey through the care system and the family courts system, whether that is temporary foster care before being returned home, or being removed from home on a permanent basis.

There's No 'Honour' in Child Abuse

Hayley Meachin | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

When the 17-year-old Shafilea went missing on 11 September 2003, it was her teachers who reported her missing seven days later. Her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, did not bother to do so. Because they killed her.

OAPs: Your Turn Next to be Labelled 'Benefit Scroungers'

Hayley Meachin | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

As much as we like to the sneer at the comic-like quality of The Sun newspaper, as many a Prime Minister has discovered, its status as the highest circulation daily newspaper in the UK means that you ignore its influence at your peril.

Our Social Workers are Cleaning Toilets Instead of Protecting Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Social workers need time to build up a relationship with children in order that the children feel safe enough to talk freely. Without being able to do so, the risks to children rise.

Why Do We Only Take Notice of Our Teenagers When Rapists Are Convicted?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

It is easy to turn away from the revolting reality of these types of cases, but the lack of foster carers in this country and the sheer lack of money in the system, means that children vanish into a terrifying underworld of exploitation, and nothing is done about it.

Cheer Up Rupert, At Least You Won't End Up in a Care Home

Hayley Meachin | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

At 81, Rupert Murdoch is lucky enough to be blessed with rude health, a billionaire's bank account and a younger wife with a decent right hook.

World Social Work Day 2012: Do Children in Care Get a Better Deal in Other Countries?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

The philosophy of social pedagogy is largely alien to the UK's care system, yet as social workers mark World Social Work Day, it is a good time to consider how much we could learn from how the profession operates overseas.

Government Should 'Adopt' Policies That Support Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Just because education secretary Michael Gove MP was adopted, doesn't mean that every child in care should be.

Government Cuts: Is Human Decency Next?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is hearing from more and more social workers who are extremely uncomfortable about being pressured, as a result of cuts and lack of resources, to turn a blind eye to poor practice and implement unethical procedures.

Can Social Workers and Journalists Ever Be Friends?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Give journalists a break. At the moment, their name is mud. They are probably about as popular as social workers.