West Midlands SWAN, in conjunction with Birmingham Unison and Birmingham Against the Cuts, have written to Sir Albert Bore - Leader of Birmingham City Council - about its cuts to children's services budgets and links between these cuts and public criticism of children's services in the city. This includes the OFSTED Inspection of safeguarding services in September 2012 which rated those services to be inadequate.
Get yourself to this important meeting on Thursday in the Teachers Club, Dublin at 6pm. Members of the Dublin SWAN group will be there. We urgently need to align with grassroots groups like this in order to properly empower the people we work with.
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Dear SWAN Supporter,
At the recent International SWAN conference in Durham, a motion (see attached photo’s) was passed to support the Social Work Action Network here in Ireland in our fight against the introduction of the cheap labour graduate scheme for newly qualified social workers.
EMERGENCY ‘MOTION’ ON THE ‘NEW GRADUATE PLACEMENT SCHEME’ TO BE SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY
We welcome the setting up of the new Child and Family Agency in Ireland.
However, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency has stated that a new ‘graduate placement scheme’ will ‘see young graduates in social work departments honing their skills in order that they fully understand the complex challenges facing families before they eventually join the workforce’ (The Irish Times, 30 Jan 2014). Significantly, those participating in the ‘scheme’ will placed on a salary below that of starting salaries negotiated, by the trade unions, with the government over a number of years.