The SWAN 2014 conference at Durham University saw a unanimous vote in favour of a Mental Health Charter, developed in response to the ballooning crisis in UK wide mental health services.
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The Social Work Action Network Dublin recently held a successful event in Dublin city centre. The topics of human rights and social justice in social work were discussed. A clear outcome from the discussion was that attendees felt that social work does not currently have a voice in Ireland, in terms of being able to speak out to defend more critical or radical practices in social work, not being able to speak out on behalf of (or with) service users, not being able to speak up for communities,