Who are the Social Work Action Network?

Who are the Social Work Action Network?

In this area of the website you can find out more about how SWAN functions as a democratic organisation, with a facility to make direct contact with the national steering committee or regional groups. It also includes information and articles ... Read More
Welcome

Welcome

In this Section we aim to provide space for discussion around international social work, welfare and social justice. In September 2008, a group of social work academics and practitioners met up as part of the 3rd SWAN annual conference in Liverpool. This meeting included delegates from Greece, Spain, India, South Africa, Colombia, Japan, Canada and the United States. The delegates discussed the condition of social work in their countries and highlighted the impact of neo-liberalism at an international level. More importantly, they agreed to facilitate a debate about the existing “resources of hope” and the promotion of social work practice engaged with social justice. The main aspects of this debate include: Read More
Webmaster –  Maintenance

Webmaster – Maintenance

The SWAN forum is up and running, thank you for your patience. You will find it under the main menu link  “Discussion-Forum” on the left. We await your comments and suggestions. The next couple of weeks should be a trial ... Read More
Dilnot Report doesn’t address the crisis in adult social care

Dilnot Report doesn’t address the crisis in adult social care

by Michael Lavalette, July 2011Monday of this week (4 July 2011) saw the publication of the Dilnot Report into the future funding of adult social care. It has been welcomed in some circles as a great step forward – with BASW suggesting that the report’s proposals to improve advice and information and introduce a national system of assessment and eligibility offer great opportunities for social workers (!) Read More
SWAN Practice Notes series

SWAN Practice Notes series

SWAN is pleased to announce its 'Practice Notes' series. These are campaigning advice leaflets which provide guidance and strategies to social workers for challenging cuts to social care. Practice notes will be available for download from this page. The first, based on the campaign in Solihull against cuts to the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children's budget, is available below. Read More
Social Work and Social Justice: A Manifesto for a New Engaged Practice

Social Work and Social Justice: A Manifesto for a New Engaged Practice

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. Read More
Social work and climate change: a call to action

Social work and climate change: a call to action

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. Read More
Regional SWAN

Regional SWAN

You can find out more about our regional SWAN groups by using the drop down menu to the right. If you wish to contact a regional SWAN group please use the ‘Contact us’ menu by clicking here where you can ... Read More
Press contact with SWAN

Press contact with SWAN

If you wish to make contact with the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) please email the National Convenor or Deputy Convenor by clicking here and then on the national steering committee link. Read More

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We want to develop a network of service users, practicitioners, academics and students to support radical and progressive social work. We need a social work that is ready to challenge oppressive practice, that means working collectively across the country and internationally to advance Social Work.