On Friday (17 October, 2014) the annual meeting of the ‘All Ireland Social Work Educators and Researchers’ Forum’ took place. Held this year at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and representing social work educators, located in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, this motion was agreed;
Nick Clegg pronounced, in his speech to the LibDem conference, that there was ‘outrageous discrimination’ in how the NHS responded to individuals with mental health problems and promised new funding to breach the gap between physical and psychological treatments. According to the Guardian (8.10.14) ‘mental health campaigners’ welcomed this as ‘a significant advance’.
SWAN has received news that this morning (Wednesday 8th October 2014) our friend and colleague, Rona Woodward (McLeod), lecturer in social work at the University of Stirling, Scotland passed away this morning after a long illness. The following piece is a short tribute by SWAN founding member and close colleague of Rona’s, Iain Ferguson.
West Midlands SWAN, in conjunction with Birmingham Unison and Birmingham Against the Cuts, have written to Sir Albert Bore – Leader of Birmingham City Council – about its cuts to children’s services budgets and links between these cuts and public criticism of children’s services in the city. This includes the OFSTED Inspection of safeguarding services in September 2012 which rated those services to be inadequate.
On Thursday 23rd October, West Midlands SWAN in conjuction with UNISON and Birmingham Against the Cuts, will host a meeting entitled ‘No to Privatization: the future of children’s services in Birmingham and the national implications’. The meeting’s main speakers will be Professor Sue White and Helga Pile (Social Care Lead, Unison). This will be held from 7pm in Committee Rooms 3-4, Birmingham Council House.
SWAN has issued a message of solidarity in support of the current protests in Hong Kong. You can read more about these protests for democracy and univeral suffrage in this article by Lynn Tang. SWAN’s message follows below:
The ‘Occupy’ movement for democracy happening in Hong Kong right now is unprecedented, writes Lynn Tang, PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, Warwick University.