The Society Mental Welfare Officers was formed in 1954 by the merger of the National Association of Authorised Officers and the Mental Health Workers’ Association. Its aim was to bring about improvements in services and training. Its formation followed the assumption by local authorities of extensive mental health responsibilities under the National Health Service Act of 1946 and the appointment of a Royal Commission on the law relating to mental illness and deficiency. It merged with other associations to form the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in 1970.
Sopurcve: Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.