SWAN National Conference 2011 details and updated speakers


Conference Theme, Programme and Speakers

The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) will hold its next annual conference in Birmingham during April 2011. The theme of the conference will be building alliances in the struggle to defend services and challenge austerity measures. The conference will bring together social work practitioners, service users, students and educators to share experiences and further develop our networks of resistance.

Download the leaflet for the conference below.


Speakers include:

Professor Sue White (Critic of social work targets)

Bob Williams-Findlay (Disabled People Against Cuts)

Pat Stack (London Self-Directed support)

Helga Pile (Unison Social Care Lead)

Bob Holman (Community campaigner)

Kalbir Shukra (Youth worker activist)

John McArdle (Black Triangle campaign)

Karen Reissman (Unison / NHS anti-privitisation campaigner)

Speaker from the Education Activist Network

International speakers:

Linda Smith (South Africa)

Vassilis Ioakimides (Greece)

Kwok Kin Lai (Hong Kong)

Judith Orr (Eyewitness of Egyptian Revolution)


Sessions include:

Challenging Cameron’s Big Society and fighting welfare cuts

Building alliances defending services – a session led by young people

Social work and resistance across the globe


Workshops on:

Radical social work, challenging racism and oppression and other related topics

Please note the conference begins at 1pm on Friday 15th April and finishes at 5pm on Saturday 16th April 2011.

Online and postal booking for the Conference is available.

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