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Article taken by permission from Oxford University Press blog. John Harris of Warwick University writes below: Social workers around the world are being invited to celebrate World Social Work Day on 19th March under the banner “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities”, taken from the Global Agenda (2010). Such a call to arms is sorely needed in the face of the growing influence of neoliberalism on global social work, an influence manifested in marketisation, consumerisation and managerialisation. These dynamic processes and trends represent neoliberalism on the move as it colonises the world. This is not to suggest that the same detailed and identical neoliberal template for social work is emerging in many disparate countries. Rather, these three developments represent an overall direction of travel.
SWAN and SWAN London offer their full support and solidarity to the principled campaign by Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS) and Barnet Unison to fight off the 'One Barnet' privatisation scheme. The One Barnet programme is an attack on democratically controlled, publically owned and accountable local services. If it goes ahead, it is likely that Capita will run majority of services in the authority for a minimum of 10 years.
SWAN supporters will be delighted to hear that Daniel Roque Hall is now free and going home. SWAN London has supported the Daniel Roque Hall campaign and sent an open letter to the Guardian arguing for Daniel's release from custody which was published just after New Year's Day.
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