SWAN Ireland in a new national SWAN venture established in 2012.

On Friday  (17 October, 2014) the annual meeting of the ‘All Ireland Social Work Educators and Researchers’ Forum’ took place. Held this year at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and representing  social work educators, located in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, this motion was agreed;

"Noting the opposition of social work students and other concerned groups, this meeting of social work educators from all parts of the island of Ireland

Condemns plans to introduce a 'graduate placement scheme', or similar renamed scheme, because it:

   1.    Implies that newly qualified, CORU registered social workers, are not fully qualified and entitled to take their place in the workforce at the appropriate salary level.

   2.   Devalues the credibility of CORU accredited social work programmes, including the fact that students complete lengthy assessed placements as part of their professional education."


The Social Work Action Network Ireland welcomes the passing of this important motion and sees this as a positive step in the building of strong alliances between students, educators, researchers and practitioners throughout all of Ireland in the fight against the attempt to deskill and demoralise social work in Ireland.

A social work member of SWAN Ireland traveled with a group of people to the West Bank in recent weeks. The group wrote a letter to the Irish Times about what they witnessed and it was published today! Check it out here: http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/conditions-in-the-west-bank-1.1943238

I read this article and the experiences of the people within it with a familiar feeling. While the examples in this article are UK specific, the general experiences that people highlighted bear similarities to those of people I meet through my daily work here in Ireland. As social workers we are more often than not the one's who support people in accessing their basic rights to food, shelter, income and education, to name a few. I wonder if any of you have any (anonymised) examples of the bureaucratic nightmares people here have to go through here in Ireland in order to secure basic income, basic services, food, clothing etc? I have plenty I could share. Maybe some service users would like to share their experiences themselves? If so, feel free to send any and all stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It would be great to gather a snapshot of people's experiences of trying to access their basic rights here in Ireland and what social workers are doing to support people in this. The article here should give you some idea of what you could contribute.


Link to article: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/05/even-the-sight-of-a-cv-would-give-me-an-anxiety-attack-guardian-readers-on-benefit-sanctions

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