Panorama, Castlebeck and Privatisation

Panorama, Castlebeck and Privatisation

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. Read More
News and updates

News and updates

•The 6th SWAN National Conference 2011: This event has been organised in collaboration with In Defence of Youth Work and will have the theme of  ‘Building Alliances, Defending Services’. The conference will take place on Friday 15th April and Saturday ... Read More
SWAN membership: how to join

SWAN membership: how to join

SWAN Membership and Change of Circumstances Form The cost of membership is £10 Full/ £5 Concessions per year. You can download the SWAN membership form at the bottom of this page. This form is in two sections, part A and ... Read More
intro

intro

SWAN is a loose network of social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users united in their concern that social work activity is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions. The adjacent video provides a flavour of SWAN’s position and activities. Read More
Information For registered users

Information For registered users

Welcome to the SWAN website. If you wish to submit an article/ contribution for consideration from the steering committee please email the administrator (ioakimides@gmail.com) and request an “author’s status”. The  “author’s status” will give you access to the web-site’s text ... Read More
Disability activists fight back and win

Disability activists fight back and win

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: Read More
What is SWAN?

What is SWAN?

     SWAN is a democratic, grassroots organisation – policy making and elections take place at the AGM during the annual conference’ Social Work Manifesto. Social work in Britain today has lost direction. We need to find more effective ways ... Read More
Join SWAN & social media

Join SWAN & social media

SWAN is a membership organisation and we are dependent on the funds of members, plus what monies we take from our annual conference to run the organisation. You can find out about membership here. Follow us and interact on Twitter ... Read More
A call for students to debate and create a social work future

A call for students to debate and create a social work future

FROM DECEMBER 2009 We are two social work students at London South Bank University. Towards the end of our first year of study, having been troubled by reports of front-line practice, we felt that we needed to debate the future of social work as students. We have a proposition for student social workers across the UK. Read More
A SWAN Statement on Cuts and Resistance

A SWAN Statement on Cuts and Resistance

From the SWAN Steering Committee, October 2010 Since coming to power in May 2010, the Con-Dem coalition has announced the biggest cuts in public spending since the Second World War. The figures are so large as to be almost incomprehensible. The cuts are a clear attempt to abolish what is left of the welfare state. The government are slashing a third of council spending by 2015. This will mean social work and social care services reduced and outsourced. It will mean poorer service for users, worse pay and working conditions for workers, and services which are less safe – the cuts affect us all. Read More
The Social Work Action Network Constitution

The Social Work Action Network Constitution

(Agreed at SWAN National Conference, Bath September 2009) 1. SWAN – What we stand for. The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is a radical, campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics, united ... Read More
Action by SWAN Hong Kong supporters against property developer

Action by SWAN Hong Kong supporters against property developer

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. Read More
Baby P and the case of the Greek “home care” project: two faces of the same coin

Baby P and the case of the Greek “home care” project: two faces of the same coin

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. 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.