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'.

SWAN is clear in it's stand against the privatised education schemes Frontline and Step Up. Deliberately undermining existing social work courses, and drastically reducing the scope of education upon which practitioners can base their practice, SWAN is deeply concerned about the growing moves to prioritise these courses above all others across the UK. As debate grows apparently preparing the way for a permanent split between Adult and Children and Families social work education, one social worker reflects upon the role of rounded education:

I am a frontline child protection social worker in the South East. The Tory budget which was announced today has left me feeling incredibly worried for the families on my caseload.

This budget by Chancellor George Osborne will continue the attack upon Social Work by undermining its future. The statistics are extremely worrying.

The executive of the University & College Union representing over 90,000 academics & educators in the UK unanimously passed the following motion at its June meeting:

  • 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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