BASW activist quits in job row

A member of the council of the British Association of Social
Workers has resigned over the way the organisation handled concerns
about the director’s appointment.

Phillip Measures, who joined the council in April, resigned last
week because BASW refused to allow an extraordinary meeting to
discuss concerns about director Clive Walsh’s appointment (News,
27July-2 August).

David Niven, BASW chairperson, said: ‘I do not consider it a
hugely difficult situation but am very sorry that Phillip has

In relation to concerns raised about Walsh, he said: ‘There’s a
six month probationary period and if anyone brings to my attention
any issues about management style or anything else that we should
have been aware of during the interview, they can tell me during
the six months.’

Concerns voiced by about ten BASW members were due to be
discussed at a BASW council meeting this week.

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