Earlier editions of SWAN Newsletter still available to download

The newsletters include the following content:

Spring 2011 has features on the SWAN campaign against racist cuts in Solihull, the massive TUC March for the Alternative, Disabled People against Cuts and an analysis of the controversial NHS Health and Social Care Bill.

Autumn 2010 has articles on the Comprehensive Spending Review austerity measures and resistance, SWAN in Hong Kong, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, campaigning against social work practices, and student activism.

Spring 2010 includes an analysis of the Social Work Task Force, reports from two radical social work conferences, and articles on social work and climate change, the In Defence of Youth Work campaign and social work and the trade unions.

All editions carry a round up of SWAN activities and events from around the regions.


Dispatches newsletter encourages SWAN members and supporters to write about activities, actions, meetings, and debates in your group/region for future newsletters so please send in your articles, news, comment and photos to Dispatches by clicking here.

Social Work and Social Justice: A Manifesto for a New Engaged Practice

Many of us entered social work – and many still do – out of a commitment to social justice or, at the very least, to bring about positive change in people’s lives. Yet increasingly the scope for doing so is curtailed.

Instead, our work is shaped by managerialism, by the fragmentation of services, by financial restrictions and lack of resources, by increased bureaucracy and work-loads, by the domination of care-management approaches with their associated performance indicators and by the increased use of the private sector. While these trends have long been present in state social work, they now dominate the day-to-day work of front line social workers and shape the welfare services that are offered to clients. The effect has been to increase the distance between managers and front line workers on the one hand, and between workers and service users on the other. The main concern of too many social work managers today is the control of budgets rather than the welfare of service users, while worker-client relationships are increasingly characterised by control and supervision rather than care.

Unless the fundamental direction of social work changes, then neither a new social work degree nor new bodies such as the Social Care Councils will do anything to improve the current situation. These are no more than ‘technical fixes’ for deep-rooted problems. So attempts by individual local authorities to alleviate the staffing crisis by offering cash incentives – the so-called ‘golden hellos’ – simply move the problem around.

In the absence of an organised response to these trends, people understandably react in different individual ways. Some social workers may leave the profession, but for many this is not an option. Some workers have found ways within their workplaces to occupy spaces where they can practice a more rounded social work – in the voluntary sector, for example, or in more specialist projects – but this option is not available to most. Even in the voluntary sector the trends are increasingly mirroring the managerialist pattern of the statutory agencies.

And yet, the need for a social work committed to social justice and challenging poverty and discrimination is greater than ever. In our view, this remains a project that is worth defending. More than any other welfare state profession, social work seeks to understand the links between ‘public issues’ and ‘private troubles’ and seeks to address both. It is for this reason that many who hold power and influence in our society would be delighted to see a demoralised and defeated social work, a social work that is incapable of drawing attention to the miseries and difficulties which beset so many in our society. This alone makes social work worth fighting for.

The current degraded status of social work as a profession is inextricably related to the status and standing of those we work with. Social work clients are amongst some of the most vulnerable and impoverished in our society, and have benefited least from New Labour’s social welfare reforms. In fact, under New Labour we have witnessed not only greater levels of material inequality, but also an intensified demonisation of asylum seekers, young people and poor families, the very groups that social workers engage with. Too often today social workers are often doing little more than supervising the deterioration of people’s lives.

So in opposition to those who would be happy to see a defeated and silenced social work occupation, we are seeking a social work that has prevention at its heart and recognises the value of collective approaches. At the same time we also recognise that good casework has also suffered as a result of the trends referred to above. We are looking to a social work that can contribute to shaping a different kind of social policy agenda, based on our understanding of the struggles experienced by clients in addressing a range of emotional, social and material problems and the strengths they bring to these struggles.

2. Resources of hope

Many social workers who despair about the ways in which social work has been changed can see no way out of the current situation. Given the mauling that social work (and social workers) have taken from politicians and the tabloid media over the past twenty five years, some despair or despondency is understandable, However, there is a real danger that this can blind us to the new resources of hope that have emerged in recent years and which may point the way towards a reinvigorated social work practice which plays a part in the demands for a more just and humane society.

Over the last two decades the growth of users movements (like the disability movement and the mental health users movement) have brought innovation and insight to our ways of seeing social and individual problems. These movements have developed many relevant and interesting approaches to dealing with service users needs – collective advocacy, for example, or (in the mental health field) the Hearing Voices groups or user-led approaches such the Clubhouse model. The fact that these models have come, not from professional social work but from service users themselves, emphasises that social work needs to engage with, and learn from, these movements in ways that will allow partnerships to form and new knowledge bases and curricula to develop.

In addition the last few years have witnessed the growth of dynamic and international global protest movements against capitalism and war. In the 1960s and 1970s social work was profoundly influenced by the ‘spirit of the sixties’: the Vietnam anti-war, the black, and the women’s movements. It was this that laid the basis of future anti-oppressive social work practice. Today we are seeing the rise of similar social movements. Within the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements we have ‘greater resources of hope’ than have been available to us for 30 years. These have been movements within which user groups and NGO’s have fruitfully engaged and within which questions of social justice are paramount. They have challenged the orthodoxy of neo-liberal globalisation and its devastating impact on the poor and dispossessed across the world, on the environment and on the human costs of the privatisation of services.

The anti-capitalist movement was born out of the protests against the World Trade Organisation’s Third Ministerial in Seattle in 1999 and has since spread across the globe. Over the last year it has merged with the movement against war and Imperialism. In February 2003 the spirit of anti-capitalist protest dramatically came to Britain when 2 million people demonstrated in London against the war on Iraq. The breadth and inclusiveness of this movement in conjunction with its energy and youthfulness, has revitalised many who had fallen into despair. It has also had an impact in rejuvenating the spirit of protest within the trade union movement.

But these movements are not just against war and capitalism they have also started to think of alternative futures. Over the last three years at various World and European Social Forums large numbers of people have come together to share ideas and discuss what another world might look like. These debates can help us think about the shape of a modern engaged social work based around such core ‘anti-capitalist’ values as democracy, solidarity, accountability, participation, justice, equality, liberty and diversity.

Thus we find ourselves at a crossroads. Down one road is managerialism and increased marketisation, and with it frustration and despondency for frontline workers; while down the other there is a possibility – and it is no more than that – for a renewed and regenerated social work that engages with the resources of hope available in the new collective movements for an alternative, and better, world.

3. An ethical career

The enduring crisis of social work in Britain has taught us many things. It has brought us to a state of affairs that nobody in their right mind could possibly view as acceptable. It has taught us that there can be no return to a past of professional arrogance and that progressive change must involve users and all front line workers. As agents of change senior managers have had their day. It has reminded us that budget dominated welfare systems are cruel and destructive of human well-being. The casualties are everywhere in the social work system amongst clients and users and social workers. These years of turmoil have highlighted that social work has to be defined not by its function for the state but by its value base. Above all it has been a stark lesson in the need for collective organisation, both to defend a vision of social work based on social justice and also to defend the working conditions that make that possible.

As we noted at the start of this Manifesto, in the past many people entered social work because it seemed to offer a way of earning a living that did not involve oppressing or exploiting people, but on the contrary could contribute, even in a small way, to social change. It was, in other words, an ethical career. That potential for social change has all but been squeezed out of social work by the drives towards marketisation and managerialism that have characterised the last decade and a half. Yet overwhelmingly it is still the case that people enter social work not to be care-managers or rationers of services or dispensers of community punishment but rather to make a positive contribution to the lives of poor and oppressed people. If it is the widening gap between promise and reality that breeds much of the current anger and frustration amongst social workers, it is also the awareness that social work could be much more than it is at present that leads many of us to hang on in there.

We note that the organisation People and Planet includes social work within its ‘Ethical Careers Service’. If that progressive promise is to be realised even in part, then we need to coalesce and organise around a shared vision of what a genuinely anti-oppressive social work might be like.

This Manifesto is a small contribution towards the process of developing that vision and that organisation.

Chris Jones, Professor of Social Work, University of Liverpool.

Iain Ferguson, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling.

Michael Lavalette, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Liverpool.

Laura Penketh, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Manchester.


(The SWAN Manifesto was written in 2004)

Social work and climate change: a call to action

The Problem

Global warming will mean much more frequent severe weather events. These have already had devastating impacts in parts of the Global South such as the Sahel region of Africa in which extended periods of drought have led to recurrent famines, war and the displacement of large numbers of people leading to refugee crises[1]. However it is not just the Global South that will experience extreme weather and its effects. Increased sea temperatures have increased the severity of tropical storms contributing to the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans[2]. In the UK the recent unprecedented rainfall and consequent flooding in Cumbria are likely to become a much more common occurrence as a result of global warming[3].

It is also important to recognise that the impacts of climate change will not be evenly distributed. Social work service users are likely to be amongst those disproportionately affected. In the Global South “the gender-poverty links show that 70% of the vulnerability is accentuated by gender, ethnicity and age. When natural disasters and environmental change happen women and men are affected differently because of traditionally socially based roles and responsibilities”[4]. Such differences are also apparent in the West, where the 20,000 deaths caused by the heat wave of 2003 in France included a significantly greater number of older women than men. One important dimension was social isolation, with those living alone and without access to support from carers more at risk. As well as gender and age, vulnerability may also be increased by other factors such as health conditions. Those with chronic and severe illnesses such as respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers disease or mobility difficulties are at particularly high risk from heat waves and flooding. People with severe mental health needs also have an increased risk, and for this group the trauma of extreme weather events are likely to exacerbate anxiety and depression while increasing suicide risk[5].

Poverty is another key factor and it has been noted that “deprivation often increases vulnerability to climate change, and climate change increases deprivation”[6]. The most socially and economically disadvantaged people are more likely to live in areas liable to flood, have increased risk from heat waves due to poorer health and housing, have limited access to information about the environment and less access to transport to escape the effects of severe weather events[7].The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans is a devastating illustration of the effects of these inequalities. Achieving social justice through the reduction of poverty and inequality are therefore a key part of reducing the risks from climate change.

Possible Solutions

There are currently two main strategies proposed for tackling climate change. The first is for us to consume less as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. This approach may help to draw attention to climate issues amongst our friends, family and work colleagues, but only really makes sense for richer people in richer countries. This is because the majority of the world’s population already have a limited capacity to consume because of low incomes. 80% of the world’s population live on less than $10 a day, and almost half, over three billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. In the UK, 13½ million people live in households below the poverty line, around a fifth (22%) of the population[8]. The idea of more sacrifice is anathema to most ordinary people who have little already. The other mainstream strategy involves market-based solutions. These include bio-fuels where crops such as corn are grown to produce fuel for cars, or carbon trading systems where companies buy carbon credits if they exceed their pre-determined emissions quota. However neither of these has been shown to cut carbon emissions in practice[9] and both contribute to widening inequality as rich investors make significant profits from carbon trading, and bio-fuels reduce food supplies thus increasing hunger in some parts of the world [10]. Ideas of individual sacrifice and market solutions will not help us to significantly reduce emissions or build a mass movement to stop global warming.

However there is a third and alternative strategy that would enhance social justice at the same as it tackles climate change. This would involve a massive programme of government works alongside regulation to cut emissions. There are a number of ways that co-ordinated government-led action could reduce energy use on the enormous scale required to prevent catastrophic climate change. For instance, in the UK there could be a comprehensive programme to install on and off shore wind turbines and solar panels on buildings; significant investment to increase the number of trains and buses to make public transport more convenient, and subsidies to make it cheaper or free; and a programme to insulate all homes in the UK. What these policies have in common is that they would create hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of jobs and at the same time reduce poverty and inequality. However this strategy will require a mass movement to demand government action and challenge the free market thinking that governs existing policy. The strength of this third proposal is that the large numbers of ordinary people needed to build such a movement are more likely to be won to this strategy than to the alternatives because it promotes social justice as well as climate justice. The Campaign Against Climate Change (CaCC) alongside activists from PCS, NUT and other trade unions is now advocating just such a programme.CaCC have set up a working commission to develop costed proposals to create a million climate jobs and have already started to build a campaign to demand them from the government. Such an approach to tackling climate change is fully consistent with the values of social work. In the following section we will discuss how these values will inform our practice in dealing with the challenges of climate change, suggest ways in which social work practice may need to adapt and outline how practitioners and service users might contribute to the struggle against global warming.

Social Work Values

Social work has a long tradition of looking beyond its national borders and campaigning for human rights as part of global progressive movements such as the anti-apartheid lobby. Today climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge that humanity faces. Lord Stern suggested in his Review of the Economics of Climate Change, that “[h]undreds of millions of people could suffer hunger, water shortages and coastal flooding as the world warms” [11]. Social work’s values of social justice and service to humanity demand that we clamour for an ambitious deal at Copenhagen and join the movement to tackle climate change.

Another core value of social work is a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice. However as severe weather events across the globe multiply and intensify many desperate people will flee to Europe to escape struggles to survive in increasingly unviable conditions in some parts of the Global South. They are likely to encounter ever more draconian immigration policies to exclude them from entering Britain or Fortress Europe and an atmosphere of racism whipped up by governments to justify these[12]. Social workers need to be at the forefront of campaigns against the toxic effects of such policies as well as working alongside refugees and black and minority ethnic service users to challenge the increased racism and discrimination they may face.

What Social Workers Can Do

It was noted above that while people in the Global South will experience the effects of climate change most immediately and dramatically, users of social work services in the UK are also amongst the most vulnerable to the effects of global warming and therefore they too will be at high risk. Those experiencing deprivation and without informal support networks will be least able to adapt and cope with climate change[13]. We therefore need immediate action at national, local government and community level to address this and social workers have an important contribution to make in shaping this agenda. There are also practical steps practitioners can take regarding climate change. These fall into two categories which mirror the measures to tackle climate change at a broader level: action to limit the extent of climate change (mitigation); and preparation for life as the world around us changes (adaptation).

In terms of adaptation to climate change in the UK, governmental strategies are starting to appear but one report suggests that “more work is needed to ensure the adaptation responses involve, engage, empower and ultimately build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable people”[14]. Raising the level of climate change awareness among those most at risk or dealing with its social effects may impact on our duties as practitioners and those of health care colleagues. For instance strategies to reduce social isolation to support older people in dealing with heat waves and address the increase in mental health needs accompanying extreme weather events could be more prominent features of future social work practice, as could integrating new communities of climate refugees. Beyond case and group work, there is also the issue of building community capacity to deal with threats brought about by climate change. It has been noted that reinforcing collective provision and supporting and enhancing social networks are important factors in reducing the risk to vulnerable communities and individuals[15] and so the re-emergence of community work models would be a welcome development. This might usefully overlap with, and strengthen the networks of, the transition town movement that aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions in communities and build their resilience in response to global resource depletion. Although the precise nature of the challenges are uncertain, that climate change will alter life for vulnerable people in the UK is not. Combating and managing the effects of climate change will therefore need to be integrated into our professional practice and education. Finally it is important to recognise that whilst service users may be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change they are also agents of change and their mobilisations will shape our adaptation responses as practitioners and form a crucial part of the battle for social justice and the fight to stop global warming. We will now turn to these mitigation strategies.

The contribution of social workers and service users to mitigation such as involvement in the wider environmental social movements against climate change and to force international action will be invaluable. Many social workers and service users participated in this year’s national climate change march ‘The Wave’ , which took place in London on 5th December and was timed to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Change conference. Such political action on the national level, and joining the Campaign Against Climate Change are important ways for practitioners and service users to get involved with the climate justice movement. CaCC advocates ambitious proposals such as 10% cuts in carbon emissions by the end of 2010. As noted above, CaCC is also working with the trade union movement to call on the government to create a million climate jobs, and social workers can get their UNISON branch or other networks to support this campaign. In the workplace members of UNISON can become green shop stewards representing the workforce in discussions and negotiations regarding the development and implementation of environmentally friendly policies and practices. Social workers and service users can also engage with community level mitigation projects such as the aforementioned transition town movement. Finally social workers might consider twinning their social services department with similar institutions in an area of the Global South affected by climate change such as Bangladesh or Northern Ghana, to raise awareness and develop supportive links.

These strategies for adaptation and mitigation demonstrate the crucial role social work has to play both in supporting many of those who will be most affected by climate change and building an international movement to stop global warming. We hope this article will open up a debate in SWAN about these issues and welcome further discussion and the sharing of experiences around innovative practice and strategies for action in the fight against climate change.


Post-Copenhagen, the struggle to mitigate climate change faces a stark challenge. The broad failure of the talks to achieve a binding multilateral agreement means there are are no longer any international targets for emissions reductions. The hurried accord put together by the richest nations at the end of the conference recognises that temperature rises must not exceed 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels and proposes funding for developing nations to adapt to climate change. However in neither case do the accompanying proposals represent anything like the scale of cuts and money required to prevent catastrophe. Looking at the situation anew in 2010, the lack of choice before us is apparent. Holding our breath for wide-scale, immediate action from multi-lateral discussions mired by rigid economic interests seems increasingly naïve. Instead the new coalition of climate activists, trade unionists and NGO  and charity organisations that came together to protest outside the Copenhagen Summit signals an alternative strategy. Political activism on climate change is required as a never before to drive the sea-change required in global attitudes and action. Social workers can play a crucial role in this fight by bringing their values of social justice to the struggle for climate justice. Supporting the joint CaCC and trade union call for one million climate jobs now (http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/resources/green_workplaces/green_campaigns/one-million-climate-jobs-now.cfm) is more urgently needed than ever and an important way in which social workers can build the movement for climate justice in their trade union branches and beyond.

[1] Flannery, T. (2005) The Weather Makers. London: Penguin

[2] Henson, R. (2006) The Rough Guide to Climate Change. London: Penguin

[3] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article6926259.ece

[4]ENERGIA et al (2007) Gender Aspects of Climate Change. No place of publication: ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

[5] SNIFFER (2009) Differential Social Impacts of Climate Change in the UK. Edinburgh: SNIFFER

[6] Ibid., p.73

[7] Ibid.

[8] Jospeh Rowntree Foundation figures for 2007/8 available at: http://www.poverty.org.uk/summary/key%20facts.shtml

[9] Williams, C. ‘Cap and Trade Schemes’ in I. Angus (2009) The Global Fight for Climate Justice. London: Resistance Books

[10] Neale, J. (2008) Stop Global Warming: Change The World. London: Bookmarks.

[11] Stern, N. (2006) Stern Review on the Economic of Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

[12] Neale, J. (2008) Stop Global Warming: Change The World. London: Bookmarks.

[13] SNIFFER (2009) Differential Social Impacts of Climate Change in the UK. Edinburgh: SNIFFER

[14] Ibid.

[15] Klinenburg, E. (2002) Heat Wave. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Please respond International Definition of Social Work

We would also encourage you to contribute individually to the debates below.

The deadlines for contributed to the debates below is 30th April 2011. Please ignore any earlier stated deadlines in the documentation; they are now superseded.

1. The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) have been developing a ‘Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development’ since 2010. The final version is due to be submitted to international organisations – UN, African Union, European Union, Mercosur, ASEAN etc – on 20 March 2012.

We encourage you to visit the following site, read the content and comment on the proposals:


Please read these with a critical eye and comment. For instance, the inclusion of ‘Terrorism and modes of response by states and the modalities of handling global conflicts’, under Dignity and worth of the person, is something you may wish to comment upon.

Please use the comments box at the bottom of the web page to add your thoughts.

2. The international definition of social work, last agreed in 2001, is reviewed every ten years. It is under debate again now.

This definition has been an asset in promoting and defending radical social work. Therefore, is it extremely important that this definition is strengthened, not weakened.

You can access the English version of the questionnaire produced to comment on the international definition of social work here:


Please send the completed forms back to Jan Agten (jan.agten@khk.be) or Nicolai Paulsen (nipa@ucl.dk).

Other information is here:


Panorama, Castlebeck and Privatisation

One of the most shocking things the Panorama programme showed, aside from the abuse and torture itself, was the failure of the regulator, the Care Quality Commission to firstly notice any of these issues during their inspections, and secondly to have refused to investigate the complaints that were made by the Senior Nurse who made clear allegations of abuse.  It is salutary to note that if the BBC Panorama team had not made this documentary, all of those things that were shown on this programme would still be going on, with the public none the wiser.

The BBC programme implicity exposes a major crisis in the inspection system – though for anyone who has seen the tickbox approach adopted by many inspectors this might not probably come as that much of a surprise.  The Grapevine learning disability charity’s proposal of User-Led inspections represents an important reform which SWAN could debate and campaign for (http://www.grapevinecovandwarks.org/index.aspx).

In a discussion of these issues in 2008 in the British Journal of Social Work Professor Malcolm Carey noted that “key sectors of social care are now dominated by business interests, many of which, in principle, seek to gain profits” (2008:919):

Within the private sector dominated market of residential and nursing home care, complex and convoluted rituals of mergers, take-overs, sales and closures have continued…As a consequence such markets have helped to generate unstable (and therefore potentially unsafe) living and ‘support’ environments for many residents.  For example, recent research has highlighted how many private sector providers have failed to meet basic standards of care…Also recent plans by the Commission for Social Care Inspection to reduce the number of care home inspectors, including children’s homes, suggests that presently unacceptable standards may fall even further (2008:923)

(Carey, M (2008a) “Everything Must Go?  The Privatisation of State Social Work” in British Journal of Social Work 2008, 38).

What we are now seeing is the consequences of the things Professor Carey predicted in 2008.  Even more concerning in the light of this is the way the present government’s proposals for the NHS will elevate the role of private providers to an even greater extent, where they will be competing with state run services on cost.  We know from experience that this will be a race to the bottom – with the regime of low pay low skill no training that was used by Castle Beck in Bristol, and is used throughout the Adult Social Care sector, being used to an even greater extent if this bill goes through.

We need to think about ways in which we can use the Panorama programme to alert people to what are in effect the consequences of privatisation.


(Leading SWAN members are among the signatories of a letter to the government calling for action on the issue of the abuse of people with learning disabilities. You can read the letter here and in accessible format here.)

News and updates

•The 6th SWAN National Conference 2011: This event has been organised in collaboration with In Defence of Youth Work and will have the theme of  ‘Building Alliances, Defending Services’. The conference will take place on Friday 15th April and Saturday 16th April 2011 at the Avon Rooms, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham. For information about the conference themes, programme and speakers click here.

•SWAN will participate to 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) For more click here

•We are pleased to announce the circulation of the first SWAN newsletter entitled “Dispatches from the Frontline. Please click here to download.

•SWAN has put together a booklet on debates and issues raised by the Baby P events. The booklet runs to 116 pages and includes contributions from leading social work academics (including Peter Beresford, Sue White, Chris Jones), frontline workers, service users and trade union officials (from both Unison and Aspect). The contributions are all a response to a lead article by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette. Click her to download the ordering form.

SWAN membership: how to join

SWAN Membership and Change of Circumstances Form

The cost of membership is £10 Full/ £5 Concessions per year. You can download the SWAN membership form at the bottom of this page. This form is in two sections, part A and part B. Part A is about your details and part B is about setting up a standing order.

Setting up payment of membership fees

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London SWAN event 5th March 2011 Changes in Social Work our response

Social Work Action Network seminar: 5th March 2011

Changes in Social Work: our response


Roger Kline – ASPECT Union and Social Work Reform Board 

Hilary Burgess – Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre (SWAP) and Social Work Reform Board 

Lee Jasper – Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Date:  Saturday 5th March 2011

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue:  Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1B 4NV

(Nearest tube: Angel)

Cost: £5 Waged /£2 Unwaged

Joint West Midlands SWAN and Birmingham UNISON event this Tuesday! (15th March 2011)

SWAN West Midlands and Birmingham UNISON joint meeting:

Stop the Cuts – No to privatisation: a public meeting for social care workers and their allies

6pm, Tuesday 15th March, UNISON Branch Office, 19th floor McLaren Building, Dale End.

West Midlands Social Work Action Network and UNISON successfully opposed independent, private ‘social work practices’ in Sandwell and Staffordshire. We want to use what we learnder from this campaign to stop privatisation in Birmingham and are against the establishment of ‘social enterprises’.

Please attend this public meeting to find out more and join the campaign.


SWAN developed from the Social Work Manifesto, written by Jones, Ferguson, Lavalette and Penketh in 2004. The Manifesto is the basis for our understanding of the present difficulties facing social work.

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