Listen through the following link to Swan's Terry Murphy (Teeside University) challenging Frontline's Josh McAllister on BBC Tees.

As the government's policies on preventing and tackling radicalisation in young people once more hits the headlines, one practitioner explores the social work role in working with those identified as 'radicalised':

The Social Work Action Network was formed in 2004 to challenge the growing marketisation of social work and social care, and to defend a social work practice based on social justice. We have consistently opposed austerity policies since their introduction after 2008.  

Although as a broad network of social workers, service users, students and academics we are not affiliated to any political party, SWAN welcomes the energised and refreshing debate emerging from Jeremy Corbyn MP’s Labour leadership campaign.

Earlier this week SWAN were honoured to be included in a list of people, organisations and networks who received a copy of the following letter to the Shadow Minister for Mental Health.

Strengthening Social Work Practice: A Better Understanding Of Anti-Oppressive Practice Is Required

At times I wonder whether certain people, particularly those who do not associate with the world of social work, actually understand us! It is alarming at times when I read particular statements like:  'to much focus is given to anti-oppressive practice in social work courses'.

  • Mental Health Charter: submission on inpatient adult psychiatric care

SWAN supporters will already be familiar with the SWAN endorsed Mental Health Charter which was launched in 2014. The Charter critiques the crisis in mental health services in the context of austerity and calls for an end to the cuts while proposing radical alternatives. Recently the Mental Health Charter responded to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Independent Commission into the state of Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Care as part of its call for evidence.

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