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Booking open for SWAN Conference 2014

November 21, 2013 admin 0

Social Work in a ‘cold climate’: fighting for good practice in times of austerity

Durham University and the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) are pleased to announce that the 9th National SWAN conference will be hosted at Durham University on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014. Booking is now open.

In the context of savage cuts in public sector funding, ever increasing social work managerialism and stigmatization of service users, this conference will provide an important opportunity to debate ways of developing networks of resistance necessary to defend social justice-based social work and oppose the politics of austerity. This conference will mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the “Manifesto for a new engaged practice”, the founding document of the Social Work Action Network.

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A response to Michael Gove: wrong on social work education

November 14, 2013 admin 0

There has been much coverage of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s speech discussing child protection to the NSPCC, delivered on Tuesday this week. This included his position on social work and social work education and his feeling that such training involves ‘idealistic students being told that the individuals with whom they will work have been disempowered by society’ which ‘robs individuals of the power of agency and breaks the link between an individual’s actions and the consequences’. 

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Help stop payday loan rip-offs

November 7, 2013 admin 0

SWAN was pleased to receive the following request about payday lenders from Professor Sarah Banks of Durham University today.  Research by Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and community partner, Thrive Teesside, showed the predatory lending practices of high cost lenders and the profound impact on low income families caught in spiralling debt. The research recommended much tougher regulation of high cost credit (including payday loans).