The Social Work Action Network Dublin recently held a successful event in Dublin city centre. The topics of human rights and social justice in social work were discussed. A clear outcome from the discussion was that attendees felt that social work does not currently have a voice in Ireland, in terms of being able to speak out to defend more critical or radical practices in social work, not being able to speak out on behalf of (or with) service users, not being able to speak up for communities,
SWAN are pleased to announce the publication of the debut novel, Can Openers, by SWAN activist and shop steward, Mal Jones. The novel contemplates a future in which there is a comprehensively residualised and privatised welfare system. Can Openers is published by Rowanvale books, describe the book as a ‘futuristic thriller [which] gives stark warning of where society may be heading’.
Jeremy Weinstein of SWAN London reports from the recent ‘Crisis in Mental Health’ meeting on 8th November. The day was a packed and enthusiastic affair, following on from similar conferences in Bristol and Oxford. The hall we met in was packed and a second room had stalls from DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts), CoolTan Arts, Unison and a Bookmarks bookstall. Amongst the audience were practitioners from nine London boroughs and a range of service user groups, the most prominent being DPAC, several MIND groups and the Movement for an Adoption Apology.