Earlier editions of the SWAN newsletter Dispatches From The Frontline can still be accessed to download at the bottom of this page.
1. Social Work Today
Social work in Britain today has lost direction. This is not new. Many have talked about social work being in crisis for over thirty years now. The starting point for this Manifesto, however, is that the ‘crisis of social work’ can no longer be tolerated. We need to find more effective ways of resisting the dominant trends within social work and map ways forward for a new engaged practice.
by Rich Moth and Dan Morton, December 2009
The UN summit to be held in Copenhagen this month (December 2009) will aim to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto treaty to tackle climate change. These talks have refocused the attention of the world on the issue of global warming. While there has been some discussion in the health and social science communities about the impact of climate change, so far there has been little discussion of the implications for social workers and people that use social work services. This article will outline some of the most significant impacts in this field and suggest strategies to enable social workers both to respond to the new risks and needs that will emerge and contribute to the fight against climate change.
by Stephen Cowden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University (June 2011)
The recent BBC Panorama programme about the abuse of learning disabled people at the Winterbourne View Hospital run by Castlebeck is a moment in which we need to begin to start talking, yet again, about the way these issues have been facilitated by the privatisation of Adult Social Care.
by Rich Moth, April 2011
Last week, action by four disabled residents in the High Court successfully overturned Birmingham City Council’s plans to raise their eligibility thresholds to critical. The council will be forced to go back to the drawing board with its adult social care budget plans. You can read more about this victory at the following links:
Please find below a report taken from the South China Post of recent action involving SWAN Hong Kong supporters. This was against a local property development company which was trying to recruit a social worker to assist their business objectives. This story gives an example of SWAN’s international links.
by Michael Lavalette, December 2009
The final report of the Social Work Task Force was launched last week to much aplomb. Government Ministers immediately accepted all 15 recommendations and Ed Balls and Andy Burnham told those present that the Government would push ahead with legislation as soon as possible in 2010.
by Vassilis Ioakimidis, November 2009
The 13th of November 2009 appears to be a day when an interesting coincidence occurred. As most of our colleagues are well aware, it was on that day, when Children’s Minister Ed Balls order an inquiry into the role of the social workers in relation to the case of Baby P. In fact it was on the same day when tabloids viciously invited readers to “fight for justice” and “stay alerted and up in arms”. “Justice” is a very unsuitable word to use while you are trying to mobilise mobs against social workers and justify your disgraceful which-hunt.