The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) welcomes today's announcement that the News of the World tabloid newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International group, is to close.

The newspaper, like its sister paper the Sun, has attacked social workers repeatedly over the years.

The News of the World participated in the witch-hunt against social workers following the tragic death of Peter Connolly, 'Baby P'. In the wake of this, SWAN set up a petition to condemn this media tirade which was signed by social workers all over the country. SWAN also issued the short book 'Social Work after Baby P' to discuss the future for social work at that time.

  • Mental Health Charter: submission on inpatient adult psychiatric care

SWAN supporters will already be familiar with the SWAN endorsed Mental Health Charter which was launched in 2014. The Charter critiques the crisis in mental health services in the context of austerity and calls for an end to the cuts while proposing radical alternatives. Recently the Mental Health Charter responded to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Independent Commission into the state of Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Care as part of its call for evidence.

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