SWAN - The Social Work Action Network

Welcome to SWAN's website. Please check out features such as the SWAN regional webpages and previous conference resources. You can join SWAN here. Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter and keep abreast of developments for the 2015 SWAN Conference.

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.

West Midlands SWAN, in conjunction with Birmingham Unison and Birmingham Against the Cuts, have written to Sir Albert Bore - Leader of Birmingham City Council - about its cuts to children's services budgets and links between these cuts and public criticism of children's services in the city. This includes the OFSTED Inspection of safeguarding services in September 2012 which rated those services to be inadequate.

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SWAN Brighton formed in November 2013 and are now pleased to promote themselves more widely. The group meets regularly for peer support and planning of future activities. If you would like to join, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SWAN has issued a message of solidarity in support of the current protests in Hong Kong. You can read more about these protests for democracy and univeral suffrage in this article by Lynn Tang. SWAN's message follows below:

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  1. Umbrella Movement - Hong Kong students and people fighting for democracy
  2. Public meeting: No to Privatization - the future of children’s services in Birmingham
  3. Food bank research in London Borough of Lewisham
  4. Tax avoidance specialists handed teaching role on social work MA course
  5. Mental Health Charter gathers momentum with London event
  6. Oxford Conference 28th June: The Crisis in Mental Health Services
  7. Barnet struggle for services and Care UK strike
  8. SWAN Mental Health Charter launched
  9. Motions for SWAN Conf 2014
  10. Documents for SWAN Conference 2014
  11. Le Grand review - the marketisation and outsourcing of children’s social care is the aim
  12. Underfunded safeguarding services leaves unidentified children at risk
  13. In defence of social work: Why Gove is wrong
  14. Call for papers extended - Conf 2014
  15. Booking open for SWAN Conference 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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