During the re-energising 2014 national conference in Durham, SWAN was pleased to announce that the following motion was passed unanimously regarding a Mental Health Charter (which you can download at the foot of the page).

In 2013, SWAN wrote of Tory ConDem cabinet member and Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attack on social work. Many academics involved in SWAN and others issued a joint letter rejecting his claims in the immediate aftermath.

SWAN also released the pamphlet, 'In Defence of Social Work: Why Michael Gove is wrong'.

The West Midlands Social Work Action Network have produced a useful aid to radical social work practice entitled 'Investigating cuts in children’s social care: an activists toolkit.'

As councils set their budgets for 2013-14 and impose yet further cuts to essential services, this timely guide provides the tools for activists to investigate cuts to children’s social care services. Produced by activists involved in the West Midlands Social Work Action Network, it draws on experience of researching and fighting cuts.

SWAN London, with assistance from a number of supporters including WinVisible, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust have produced this latest edition to the SWAN practice notes series. The topic on this occasion is a radical response to welfare reforms and benefits. Please download and distribute this workplace tool!

Raymondo, member of Kilburn Unemployed Worker's Group and Social Work Action Network London, shares with us his Work Capability Assessment Survival Tips...

The Work Capability Assessment is the test by which people claiming the out of waged work benefit Employment and

  • 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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