The Social Work Action Network was formed in 2004 to challenge the growing marketisation of social work and social care, and to defend a social work practice based on social justice. We have consistently opposed austerity policies since their introduction after 2008.
Although as a broad network of social workers, service users, students and academics we are not affiliated to any political party, SWAN welcomes the energised and refreshing debate emerging from Jeremy Corbyn MP’s Labour leadership campaign.
Strengthening Social Work Practice: A Better Understanding Of Anti-Oppressive Practice Is Required
At times I wonder whether certain people, particularly those who do not associate with the world of social work, actually understand us! It is alarming at times when I read particular statements like: 'to much focus is given to anti-oppressive practice in social work courses'.
This budget by Chancellor George Osborne will continue the attack upon Social Work by undermining its future. The statistics are extremely worrying.
SWAN is clear in it's stand against the privatised education schemes Frontline and Step Up. Deliberately undermining existing social work courses, and drastically reducing the scope of education upon which practitioners can base their practice, SWAN is deeply concerned about the growing moves to prioritise these courses above all others across the UK. As debate grows apparently preparing the way for a permanent split between Adult and Children and Families social work education, one social worker reflects upon the role of rounded education:
I am a frontline child protection social worker in the South East. The Tory budget which was announced today has left me feeling incredibly worried for the families on my caseload.