SWAN in Liverpool

Over the past few months, SWAN Liverpool has been busy organising the next annual SWAN conference!! The conference is to be held at Liverpool Hope University (Everton campus) on Friday 30th-Saturday 31st March 2011. The conference takes place against a backdrop of Government austerity measures that are producing a massive crisis in social work and social care. The Governments agenda is ideological. It is not a response to ‘economic necessity’. The crisis started when Government bailed out failing banks – why should ordinary people and public services pay the price?

This year’s SWAN conference will address these issues. It provides a forum where academics, frontline workers, students and service users can come together, debate and forge alliances to create a counterpoint to the Government’s mantra that ‘there is no alternative’. SWAN Liverpool is pleased to announce that Danny Dorling will be the key note speaker at the conference! Author Christopher Walking will also talk about his novel ‘What I did’ and its background. The first plenary of the conference will provide an analysis of the riot’s of 2011, with later themed plenary workshops around children and family social work, adult social care, youth work, traveller communities and a debate about age assessments of asylum seeking children.

For further info on prices, accommodation and booking forms go to: http://www.hope.ac.uk/swanconf2012

In October 2011, SWAN Liverpool joined forces with trade unionists, service users, practitioners and academics to march through Manchester during the Conservative party conference in protest at Government spending cuts (see photo).

To contact Liverpool SWAN or for further information click here.

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