At a recent SWAN London meeting (10th September 2014), group member and social work educator, Tom Henri, presented the findings of recent research into food bank use in London Borough of Lewisham. This is a synopsis of the qualitative research:

Deloitte, the multi-national tax avoidance specialists, have been given a high profile teaching role on the Frontline’s fast track into social work five week summer school that came to a self-congratulatory end last week, writes Simon Cardy of SWAN West Midlands.

The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) send its support and solidarity to those who have taken to the streets of London, Glasgow and elsewhere over recent weeks as part of the Occupy movement.

There is growing support for SWAN's Mental Health Charter (please see attachments below), which was launched at this year's SWAN National Conference in Durham this April, with a London event in November. A list of around 300 signatories to the charter follows this article. To add your name or your organisation's name to this list please email jeremy.weinstein [at]

SWAN held a conference entitled 'Child Protection in the Aftermath of Baby P' in early 2009. Footage from the conference can be accessed at the following link:

  • 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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