SWAN - The Social Work Action Network

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SWAN is a 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.

SWAN promotes a model of social work and social care practice which is rooted in the value of social justice. This model seeks to advocate alongside, and on behalf of, service users and carers. It values both individual relationship-based practice and collective approaches.

It works towards these objectives through regular conferences and campaigning activities, and to strengthen the radical voice within social work practice, education and wider social policy debates.

SWAN works alongside existing social care, service user and carer organisations, including UNISON and Unite, to promote strong collective organisation and, wherever possible, to campaign jointly.

SWAN is a membership organisation - please join us by following the instructions here.

NEW DATE & DETAILS!

10th Annual Social Work Action Network Conference - The Politics of Hope: Fighting for the Future of Social Work 

University of the West of Scotland (Paisley Campus)

Friday 10 - Saturday 11 April 2015 

In the context of savage cuts in public sector funding, ever increasing social work managerialism and stigmatisation of service users, this conference will provide an important opportunity to debate ways of developing networks of resistance necessary to defend social justice-based social work and oppose the politics of austerity. 

Plenary sessions will include presentations on the following themes:

  • Racism, antiracism and social work practice
  • Radical practice today: voices from the frontline .
  • Global perspectives: radical social work in the world today 

More conference details & call for papers on flyer below.

Click on the following link to register online:

https://eventbrite.com/event/2004729199/ 

 

 

SWAN is pleased to announce a conference at Liverpool Hope University on Wednesday 10th June 2015, entitled 'PsychoPolitics in the Twenty First Century: Peter Sedgwick and radical movements in mental health'.

The conference is supported by SWAN and the Critical and Radical Social Work Journal. It will be a relatively low cost event and we are keen to encourage participation by SWAN and other activists. A flyer and call for papers are attached below.

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SWAN are pleased to announce the publication of the debut novel, Can Openers, by SWAN activist and shop steward, Mal Jones. The novel contemplates a future in which there is a comprehensively residualised and privatised welfare system. Can Openers is published by Rowanvale books, describe the book as a 'futuristic thriller [which] gives stark warning of where society may be heading'.

The novel can be purchased for £9.99 in paperback or for 0.99 as an e-book at the Rowanvale website. The book has already garnared a favourable review from the ResoluteReader blog, which states that '[r]eaders will want to keep reading though, not just because of the story, but because the world that the author has created is tragically believable.'

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  2. SWAN’s response to Clegg’s new mental health funding
  3. In memoriam - Rona Woodward
  4. Letter to Sir Albert Bore - underinvestment in Birmingham children’s social care
  5. SWAN Brighton group
  6. SWAN Solidarity Message in support of protests in Hong Kong
  7. Umbrella Movement - Hong Kong students and people fighting for democracy
  8. Public meeting: No to Privatization - the future of children’s services in Birmingham
  9. Food bank research in London Borough of Lewisham
  10. Tax avoidance specialists handed teaching role on social work MA course
  11. Mental Health Charter gathers momentum with London event
  12. Oxford Conference 28th June: The Crisis in Mental Health Services
  13. Barnet struggle for services and Care UK strike
  14. SWAN Mental Health Charter launched
  15. Motions for SWAN Conf 2014

  

 

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 of resisting the dominant trends within social work and map ways forward for a new engaged practice…

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History.

SWAN developed from the Social Work Manifesto written in 2004. It launched a popular defence of social work in the aftermath of the Baby Peter tragedy in 2008. It continues to hold successful conferences and campaigns; the 9th national SWAN conference will be held in Durham in April 2014.

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.

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The next SWAN national conference is the eighth. It takes place at Durham University on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014. We will regularly update the SWAN website with information about speakers and booking. You can find these pages in the Conference 2014 section. Please email SWAN North East at ioakimides [at] googlemail.com if you have questions about the conference.

The title of the 2014 SWAN Conference is yet to be confirmed. This is the first time that a national SWAN conference has been held in the North East of England and we hope it will be the biggest ever SWAN event. It will link up social workers (in practice, education, research and training), service users and carers, trade unions, user-led groups, anti-cuts organisations, pressure groups, the disabled people and women's movements to unite to defeat the Coalition Government's social policy direction. Just as importantly we will debate, promote and celebrate alternative models and visions of social care.

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c/o Iain Ferguson
School of Social Science
University of the West of Scotland
Paisley
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