The 5th Social Work Action Network (SWAN) national UK conference is being held in Glasgow Caledonian University on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th September 2010. In the context of massive impending cuts in public sector spending, the conference will be an important opportunity to build the networks of resistance necessary to defend social work and welfare spending more generally.
FROM MAY 2011
SWAN calls upon all members to support three upcoming events during the Week of Action Against Benefit Cuts – 9th-15th May. This particuarly targets Atos Origin, who are the private sector organisation who have recently won a £300 million contract by the Coalition Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit; their job is to remove welfare from as many people as possible.
Earlier editions of the SWAN newsletter Dispatches From The Frontline can still be accessed to download at the bottom of this page.
1. Social Work Today
Social work in Britain today has lost direction. This is not new. Many have talked about social work being in crisis for over thirty years now. The starting point for this Manifesto, however, is that the ‘crisis of social work’ can no longer be tolerated. We need to find more effective ways of resisting the dominant trends within social work and map ways forward for a new engaged practice.
by Rich Moth and Dan Morton, December 2009
The UN summit to be held in Copenhagen this month (December 2009) will aim to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto treaty to tackle climate change. These talks have refocused the attention of the world on the issue of global warming. While there has been some discussion in the health and social science communities about the impact of climate change, so far there has been little discussion of the implications for social workers and people that use social work services. This article will outline some of the most significant impacts in this field and suggest strategies to enable social workers both to respond to the new risks and needs that will emerge and contribute to the fight against climate change.
by Vassilis Ioakimidis, April 2011
At this weekend’s SWAN national conference in Birmingham, our attention was drawn to two issues under debate in social work academia. These have great significance for all those who believe that social work should be embedded in social justice and human rights. Conference agreed to remit a united SWAN response on these matters to the steering committee.
by Stephen Cowden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University (June 2011)
The recent BBC Panorama programme about the abuse of learning disabled people at the Winterbourne View Hospital run by Castlebeck is a moment in which we need to begin to start talking, yet again, about the way these issues have been facilitated by the privatisation of Adult Social Care.