The Social Work Action Network Dublin recently held a successful event in Dublin city centre. The topics of human rights and social justice in social work were discussed. A clear outcome from the discussion was that attendees felt that social work does not currently have a voice in Ireland, in terms of being able to speak out to defend more critical or radical practices in social work, not being able to speak out on behalf of (or with) service users, not being able to speak up for communities,

for social work education and not being able to speak out against the increasing technocratic procedures being forced upon social workers, among other issues. It was clear that there is anger about this amongst social workers and their allies (some of whom were at the event), and as a result, SWAN Dublin will be looking to organise another event in the near future on this topic. Keep checking this page and the facebook page for updates. You can also join our mailing list by clicking this link: http://wordpress.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1f5781d331019ac241d0a313c&id=87eaabc530 

In the mean time social workers, get angry, get active!

  • Hope for Social Work: Baby P Pamphlet

SWAN put together a booklet on debates and issues raised by the Baby P events in 2009. The booklet runs to 116 pages and includes contributions from leading social work academics (including Peter Beresford, Sue White, Chris Jones), frontline workers, service users and trade union officials (from both Unison and Aspect). The contributions are all a response to a lead article by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette.

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