The British Association of Social Workers has invited the leaders of the three main political parties to attend a rally in defence of the profession in London this November.
The ‘Social Workers – taking our profession back’ rally, to be held on 12 November, is part of the association’s campaign to promote a college of social work, to provide a representative voice for the profession.
The Social Work Task Force will outline proposals for a college in its final report, due next month.
Hilton Dawson, chief executive of BASW, also warned the party leaders and councils to resist cutting social work services.
He said: “BASW will be working closely with trade unions to resist cuts to vital services, and going out to every candidate at the forthcoming general election with the case for social work.
“This is a time for investment in the profession which saves and improves the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society.”