The Seventh Annual Social Work Action Network Conference (SWAN) will be hosted by Liverpool Hope University on 30 and 31 March 2012
There will be two sessions of the conference made available to people to present their own research or conduct workshops. We are keen to facilitate alternative styles of presentation and would encourage people to consider group presentations, dramas, art-based workshops, social pedagogical based presentations as well, of course, as more traditional research presentations.
Booking for SWAN Conference 2011
This page contains information about how to register for the conference and how to pay.
Please also ensure you register online or by post so that we have your details. This will also allow us to send you an acknowledgement and receipt of payment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Michael Lavalette, December 2009
The final report of the Social Work Task Force was launched last week to much aplomb. Government Ministers immediately accepted all 15 recommendations and Ed Balls and Andy Burnham told those present that the Government would push ahead with legislation as soon as possible in 2010.