In 2013, SWAN wrote of Tory ConDem cabinet member and Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attack on social work. Many academics involved in SWAN and others issued a joint letter rejecting his claims in the immediate aftermath.

SWAN also released the pamphlet, 'In Defence of Social Work: Why Michael Gove is wrong'.

This publication was put together as a sharp and swift response to his speech discussing child protection to the NSPCC on the 12th November 2013, in which Gove repeated some familiar right-wing themes in his ‘considerations’ on social work. In particular Gove attacked social work education and practitioners who hold a strong social justice analysis and motivation at the centre of their work. This SWAN publication answers him back comprehensively.

The cover price of the pamphlet is £3 - please download the order form below. Individual copies will shortly be available from

SWAN will also be holding regional launches for this pamphlet in the UK - keep checking this page for details.

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