What is SWAN?

What is SWAN?

     SWAN is a democratic, grassroots organisation – policy making and elections take place at the AGM during the annual conference’ Social Work Manifesto. Social work in Britain today has lost direction. We need to find more effective ways ... Read More
Join SWAN & social media

Join SWAN & social media

SWAN is a membership organisation and we are dependent on the funds of members, plus what monies we take from our annual conference to run the organisation. You can find out about membership here. Follow us and interact on Twitter ... Read More
The Social Work Action Network Constitution

The Social Work Action Network Constitution

(Agreed at SWAN National Conference, Bath September 2009) 1. SWAN – What we stand for. The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is a radical, campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics, united ... Read More
A call for students to debate and create a social work future

A call for students to debate and create a social work future

FROM DECEMBER 2009 We are two social work students at London South Bank University. Towards the end of our first year of study, having been troubled by reports of front-line practice, we felt that we needed to debate the future of social work as students. We have a proposition for student social workers across the UK. Read More
A SWAN Statement on Cuts and Resistance

A SWAN Statement on Cuts and Resistance

From the SWAN Steering Committee, October 2010 Since coming to power in May 2010, the Con-Dem coalition has announced the biggest cuts in public spending since the Second World War. The figures are so large as to be almost incomprehensible. The cuts are a clear attempt to abolish what is left of the welfare state. The government are slashing a third of council spending by 2015. This will mean social work and social care services reduced and outsourced. It will mean poorer service for users, worse pay and working conditions for workers, and services which are less safe – the cuts affect us all. Read More
Action by SWAN Hong Kong supporters against property developer

Action by SWAN Hong Kong supporters against property developer

Please find below a report taken from the South China Post of recent action involving SWAN Hong Kong supporters. This was against a local property development company which was trying to recruit a social worker to assist their business objectives. This story gives an example of SWAN’s international links. Read More
Baby P and the case of the Greek “home care” project: two faces of the same coin

Baby P and the case of the Greek “home care” project: two faces of the same coin

by Vassilis Ioakimidis, November 2009 The 13th of November 2009 appears to be a day when an interesting coincidence occurred. As most of our colleagues are well aware, it was on that day, when Children’s Minister Ed Balls order an inquiry into the role of the social workers in relation to the case of Baby P. In fact it was on the same day when tabloids viciously invited readers to “fight for justice” and “stay alerted and up in arms”. “Justice” is a very unsuitable word to use while you are trying to mobilise mobs against social workers and justify your disgraceful which-hunt. Read More

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We want to develop a network of service users, practicitioners, academics and students to support radical and progressive social work. We need a social work that is ready to challenge oppressive practice, that means working collectively across the country and internationally to advance Social Work.