Lead and influence what matters in social work today.
With the British Association of Social Workers you’ll get the leadership and networking resources you need, all under one roof.
|Category||Direct Debit / monthly|
|Working (qualified over five years)||£24.50 / month|
Protection, representation and support
- Protection and support.
Access advice from BASW Advice and Representation, a team of qualified social workers, for professional and regulatory help. Our team of qualified social workers understand the issues you face and are able to advise and represent you at regulatory councils, advising over 1,500 members every year.
BASW also works with the Social Workers Union (SWU) to guarantee members the legal entitlement of representation in employers’ hearings.
Opt into SWU for just £2.50a month (£30 a year) – or just 83p a month (£10 a year) for unwaged and student member.
- Free and confidential one-to-one peer coaching.
The Social Work Professional Support Services. Protect your wellbeing, talk about career progression and map out your plans with an experienced coach.
Feel safe in knowing you have £5 million professional indemnity insurance. Find out more about BASW Insurance and answer questions such as: "Do I need Professional Indemnity insurance?", "Do all social work professionals require Professional Indemnity insurance?", "What does the professional indemnity cover?"
Build your CPD and best practice
- Training and CPD.
Develop your knowledge and skills and carve out your career path with free and discounted CPD.
- Download time-effective resources you need
BASW supports and signposts you to relevant resources that assist you in the day-to-day. Benefit from the weekly email which highlights key updates in the sector and keeps you feeling informed.
- Build your skills and career through our professional development courses
Whether you are working towards a role in management or already in management/senior leadership, you can find free and discounted specialist training opportunities to suit you.
- Learn about the latest social work practice developed by and for social workers.
- Supporting your re-registration with your regulator, learn about the latest social work practice through online articles and journals.
- Log your CPD from a range of free or discounted training, online resources and events.
The BASW Practice Assessor / Supervisor Programme and the Excellence in Social Work Leadership Programme offer you the space to connect your professional values into your impact as leaders.
- Social Work Conferences.
Discounted rates for BASW social work conferences across the UK, led by the voice of social work, practice leaders, people who use services, policy makers and academics.
- Have an active role in creating a fairer society
Interested in national policy developments, structural change, and working conditions?
Your voice inspires our campaigns. Together we’ll drive positive change and influence what matters in social work today. We continue to lobby UK government for a better understanding of social work and social workers.
We are campaigning for improved professional working conditions, relationship-based practice and for an end to and poverty.
- Claim tax back on your membership subscription
UK tax payers who pay the BASW membership fee yourself can claim tax relief on professional association membership subscriptions. You can claim up to four years’ subscription fees. Find out more on the HM Revenue & Customs website. If you make a claim using SRS Ltd’s service, the company will pay £10 to the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust. Please be aware BASW is listed as Social Workers British Association of on the HMRC website. (Terms and conditions apply).
- Save on discounted books in the BASW Bookshop
Receive up to 75% off subscriptions to the British Journal of Social Work and Practice: Social Work in Action
|Additional subscription||Additional cost / monthly|
|British Journal of Social Work online only||+ £3.00 / month|
|British Journal of Social Work print and online||+ £4.17 / month|
|Practice: Social Work in Action print||+ £2.50 / month|
- Network and connect with like-minded colleagues to discuss practice and share knowledge and ideas both online and offline through regional branches, special interest groups, and events.
- Receive BASW updates. The latest insight, updates and resources for social workers to your inbox.
- Join our community of social workers online – through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
- Code of Ethics
Apply BASW’s Code of Ethics to your work placements and uphold the highest professional standards and practice
Show your commitment to professional practice and use MBASW after your name.
Discounted membership for the Social Workers Union (SWU)
Discounted membership of the Social Workers Union (SWU) – our partner specialist union for social workers
|Category||Additional cost / monthly|
|SWU membership for BASW Working Category members||+ £2.50 / month|
Opting in to SWU means you get all the benefits of the trade union alongside BASW, your professional association – all under one roof. To make it easy, you pay one monthly or annual fee and you are signposted to where you need to go across a network working to support you at any time you need it.
Your BASW membership will be due for renewal after each year of membership.
If you pay by monthly direct debit and your circumstances are unchanged you do not need to do anything, your BASW membership will renew automatically.