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Barnet struggle for services and Care UK strike

April 18, 2014 admin 0

Those who attended this year’s SWAN conference AGM will have heard about two keys struggles against austerity playing out in England at the moment – Your Choice workers fighting for adult disability services and jobs in Barnet, North London, plus the Care UK workers fight in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. A vote at the SWAN AGM agreed to donate £100 to both campaigns, plus to take a collection at the end of the conference for the Care UK workers – on strike from today (18th April) until 22nd April. This collection raised £325 – thank you to all who contributed, the donation is on its way to Yorkshire.

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SWAN Dublin Monthly Meetings

April 15, 2014 admin 0

Poster for the Social Work Action Network Dublin monthly meeting. 4th Thursday of EVERY month. See you there! (There’s even tea and biscuits!!)

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SWAN Mental Health Charter launched

April 14, 2014 admin 0

During the re-energising 2014 national conference in Durham, SWAN was pleased to announce that the following motion was passed unanimously regarding a Mental Health Charter (which you can download at the foot of the page).

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Statement from The Social Work Action Network Ireland on the Direct Provision System in Ireland

April 10, 2014 admin 0

On April 10th 2014 the direct provision system in Ireland will be 14 years old. The Social Work Action Network Ireland is joining with other organisations and civil society groups in Ireland to demand that this discriminatory system be ended immediately. The Social Work Action Network Ireland (SWAN Ireland) is a network of social work practitioners, social care practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users. We campaign on issues of social justice and human rights and defend against cuts to social services in Ireland.

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Le Grand review – the marketisation and outsourcing of children’s social care is the aim

April 2, 2014 admin 0

Le Grand review – the marketisation and outsourcing of children’s social care is the aim writes Jolyon Jones (SWAN West Midlands).

“ The game’s out there, and it’s play or get played. That simple” 
Omar Little

Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:14

Forget Birmingham’s children, the Le Grand review of Birmingham’s failing children’s social care department is part of a bigger national political game and Birmingham’s failings are Michael Gove’s opportunities.

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Motions for SWAN Conf 2014

April 2, 2014 admin 0

Please send any motions you have related to social work and social justice for the SWAN Conference 2014 Annual General Meeting (Saturday morning of the […]