BASW UK statement on anti-racism
Review date: By 31 July 2022
Statement owner: Policy Ethics and Human Rights Committee
BASW UK statement on anti-racism BASW is committed to working to end racism and oppression in social work and across society as part of our all-embracing commitment to promote human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for all. This is guided by our UK Code of Ethics (2021) and described in our overarching statement on EDI. BASW will work in collaboration and collectively with committed and supportive organisations and individuals across the social work sector to pursue anti-racism and amplify our collective efforts. As the professional association for social workers across the UK, we must continue to build our leadership role in tackling racism in all its forms as it affects our profession and the people we support. BASW UK statements on aspects of oppression racism may be amplified by country-level statements and examples. BASW focuses its efforts on promoting anti-racism in respect of: - the experiences and working life of social workers and social work students - social work practice - the experiences and rights of people using social work services BASW also acts to promote an inclusive, more equal society. We will speak out and challenge racism and social division across societies in the UK on behalf of our members and the profession. We will support our colleagues in the International Federation of Social Workers and other organisations in their efforts to combat racism across the world. Our practice guidance and professional development offers for social workers will routinely embed anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory ethics, knowledge and skills. It will draw on best evidence and resources from BASW and others and will be co-produced with people who use/have used services with relevant lived experience of oppression.