On 12th November, BASW (British Association of Social Workers) is holding a rally starting at 10am at Friends House at Euston in London to support social workers and the social work profession. The rally is titled ‘Taking Back our Profession : Time to Challenge the Politicians’.
Confirmed current participants are Moira Gibb of the Social Work Taskforce and Tim Loughton, the Conservative Party Spokesman for Children. All political parties though have been invited so the list may grow.
This will be followed by an Additional General Meeting of BASW to discuss some additional clauses, the content of which I haven’t investigated fully but are available online.
It is certainly heartening to see more activism growing from BASW. It might be a case of needs must because the dangers of over-compliance with career politicians have been seen first hand. Social Work easily falls into the ‘politicking’ sector because so much that concerns the work that we do can be ranted and raved about by over-excited press railing at all of society’s failings or seeking to shift blame to the less politically sophisticated and poorer edges of society that are easier to challenge than the bankers and middle class mid-managers who wave their copies of the Daily Mail angrily at their local MPs in outrage.
I hope to be present although it depends a little on my work and capacity. I have a sneaky feeling it won’t be possible for me to take the time off – which is unfortunate as it is very easy for me to get to otherwise. I suppose it would be unrealistic for these events to occur outside of work time.. but in any case, I can be there ‘in spirit’!