S.W.A.N Ireland attended an IMPACT union conference today which focused on the issue of regulation which is being introduced in Ireland over the next year. Social workers are the first profession out of twelve to be regulated. The body which will regulate social workers is called "CORU". There are many issues that social workers have with CORU, none of which CORU is actively engaging with social workers in addressing. Because of this, SWAN Ireland believes it is very important to ensure our union pro-actively acts on our behalf in relation to these issues. Read the text of our leaflet below which addresses only a few (!) of our concerns.

Presentation at SWAN Conference, Liverpool Hope University, March 31st, 2012


Building global links and resistance

SWAN is keen to develop our international links with individuals and organisations who share our values and perspectives. If you wish to discuss attending SWAN conferences or events, or inviting SWAN speakers to your country please contact Vassilis Ioakimidis by clicking here and then emailing via the 'International SWAN' link.

Please also send us comments, articles, news, pictures and videos about the state of social work in your country. We would be happy to consider publishing them in our newsletter and on our international article pages on this site.

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