A new campaign has been launched in Birmingham involving West Midlands SWAN, Disabled People Against Cuts, Birmingham City Unison, Birmingham Against the Cuts and the Right to Work campaign to challenge cuts to care and support services in the city.
Please find below the final programme for the 6th National SWAN conference. A programme containing workshop streams can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
A list of speakers and contributors for the 6th annual SWAN conference, 15-16 April, can be found below.
Sue White is Professor of Social Work (Children and Families) at the University of Birmingham. She is a registered social worker and was employed as a practitioner and manager in statutory children’s services for 13 years. Her research focuses primarily on the analysis of professional decision making in child welfare practice. During 2009 Sue served on the Social Work Task Force and now sits on the Social Work Reform Board. She is Chair of the Association of Professors of Social Work and is currently serving on the Reference Group for the Munro Review of Child Protection in England.
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:
Coventry and Warwickshire SWAN meeting – 25th March
Following the recent student protests against the cuts, a small number of students and lecturers at both Coventry and Warwick Universities have been working towards the establishment of a sub regional SWAN based at the two universities. The context is plain and simple; the massive cuts agenda in public services along with proposals for the wholesale privatisation of health, welfare and education.
The Seventh Annual Social Work Action Network Conference (SWAN) will be hosted by Liverpool Hope University on 30 and 31 March 2012
There will be two sessions of the conference made available to people to present their own research or conduct workshops. We are keen to facilitate alternative styles of presentation and would encourage people to consider group presentations, dramas, art-based workshops, social pedagogical based presentations as well, of course, as more traditional research presentations.