Welcome to SWAN

SWAN is a radical, campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics

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What We Do

Social Work

Social work in Britain today has lost direction. We need to find more effective ways of resisting the dominant trends within social work and map ways forward for a new engaged practice. SWAN encourages an inclusive debate about the future direction of social work, involving social work academics, practitioners, students, service users and representative organisations (both professional and trade union).

Action

SWAN developed from the Social Work Manifesto written in 2004. It launched a popular defence of social work in the aftermath of the Baby Peter tragedy in 2008. It continues to hold hugely successful conferences and campaigns. It supports grassroots campaigns across the globe.

Network

SWAN offers a space to discuss the impact of neoliberalism, marketisation and managerialism on Social Work and Social Pedagogy; the links between social work and social movements; the importance and significance of local social work traditions; alternative interpretations and practices of social work across the globe and how this affects our understandings of “international social work”.

Researching resistance in practice!

Social justice has long been recognized as a core value of social work practice, a value which only increased in importance, if one is to consider the effects of the advancing commodification of social services, the immense social consequences of the Corona-virus, and persistent inequalities. In their practice, ... Read More

Care Reform – The Common Weal

WHY SCOTLAND NEEDS TO REFORM THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKERS Read the new paper from Colin Turbett here, from the Common Weal website. This history of social work in Scotland highlights how it has been changed, reduced, marginalised. But there ... Read More
Letter to IASSW in respect of Palestine

Letter to IASSW in respect of Palestine

Dear IASSW colleagues Palestine has once again become the central issue in international politics. Since May, we have seen violent attacks by Israeli forces on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan; the attempted eviction of Palestinians ... Read More

Statement on Palestine

SWAN-I condemns the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza and the continuing moves by Israeli settlers to ethnically cleanse areas of East Jerusalem, especially the area of Sheikh Jarrah. SWAN-I notes the popular movement for freedom developing in ... 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.