SWAN Conference 2014: Social Work in a Cold Climate

The main plenary sessions will be organized around the following themes:
1) Social work and social justice; building critical alliances.
2) New radicalism: Reflecting on the past, shaping the future.
3) Global austerity and social work; listening to voices of resistance.

We invite workshops, presentations and papers ne the following themes and topics:

• The disability movement
• Debating Government reviews on social work education and adult care
• Challenging the “troubled families” agenda
• Defeating the policies of austerity
• Anti-racist/ social work practice
• Challenging managerialism
• Work with asylum seekers and refugees
• In defense of youth and community work
• Defeating sexism and gender oppression
• User-led groups and community campaigns
• Building alliances- Challenging the strategy of divide and rule
• Radical social work education and practice
• Other themes relevant to the conference

Speakers, workshops and a call for papers will be announced soon.

Important dates and Information

Call For Papers 1 September 2013
Online Registration Opens (information on accommodation will be circulated on this date) 1 October 2013
Close of Abstract submissions 15 January 2014
Notification of accepted abstracts 7 February 2014
Online Registration Closes 25 March 2014

Conference registration costs (including coffee and lunch):
£15 Students
£35 Waged
£65 Academics, trade union representatives
Free For service users and asylum seekers

We want to keep costs down to promote inclusion and participation. To this end   sponsorship is welcome. Any organisation that supports the ethos of SWAN and would like to contribute to this important event contact swandurham@gmail.com

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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.