In this Section we aim to provide space for discussion around international social work, welfare and social justice.
In September 2008, a group of social work academics and practitioners met up as part of the 3rd SWAN annual conference in Liverpool. This meeting included delegates from Greece, Spain, India, South Africa, Colombia, Japan, Canada and the United States. The delegates discussed the condition of social work in their countries and highlighted the impact of neo-liberalism at an international level. More importantly, they agreed to facilitate a debate about the existing “resources of hope” and the promotion of social work practice engaged with social justice. The main aspects of this debate include:
by Michael Lavalette, July 2011
Monday of this week (4 July 2011) saw the publication of the Dilnot Report into the future funding of adult social care. It has been welcomed in some circles as a great step forward – with BASW suggesting that the report’s proposals to improve advice and information and introduce a national system of assessment and eligibility offer great opportunities for social workers (!)
by Simon Cardy, West Midlands SWAN, April 2011
SWAN has been covered by the Community Care website following a protest against government cuts to services supporting child asylum seekers. The protest took place this Friday (8th April) outside the UK Border Agency’s offices in Solihull. Please find the Community Care article here.
SWAN is pleased to announce its ‘Practice Notes’ series. These are campaigning advice leaflets which provide guidance and strategies to social workers for challenging cuts to social care.
Practice notes will be available for download from this page. The first, based on the campaign in Solihull against cuts to the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children’s budget, is available below.
SWAN National Conference 2011 in collaboration with In Defence of Youth Work
‘Building Alliances, Defending Services’
Dates: Friday 15th April to Saturday 16th April 2011
Venue: Avon Rooms, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham
by Vassilis Ioakimidis
SWAN will participate in the 2010 World Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers. Organising three fringe workshops on the themes mentioned above. Academics from different countries are invited to contribute to these sessions. Delegates who will be attending the conference are encouraged to participate.(Free admission)
Cuts, crisis, and resistance – Building alliances in social work and social care
The Seventh Annual Social Work Action Network Conference (SWAN) will be hosted by Liverpool Hope University on 30 and 31 March 2012
Further information below and at this link: hope.ac.uk/swanconf2012