The Conservative government has recently demonstrated its commitment to legislation that criminalises social workers "who lack, “the professional curiosity to explore the underlying reasons for challenging behaviour, or who knew abuse was being ignored and did not speak out.”" (CommunityCare.co.uk 17.6.2015). Such plans are an unprecedented attack upon the public sector, and those workers striving to safe lives in the face of massive cuts and huge workloads. Swan has produced a letter that you can use as a guide for writing to your MP, requesting an inquiry into and a block of this legislative bill.
SWAN RESPONSE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK: 19.6.15
The Social Work Action Network condemns the decision to close The College of Social Work which seems to reflect the Government’s hostility to the social work profession.
After a hugely successful 2015 conference attended by over 430 people, one of the conference speakers, adult mental health practitioner Raksha Sidhu, reflects upon the sense of hope engendered there despite the devastating changes being enacted upon the social and health care sector:
"The western world we currently inhabit is changing at an alarming rate. 'Change' is the buzz word everywhere, in the media, in the corporate sector and now in the social and health care sector. In fact, the changes are so rapid there is no time to reflect on the impact of these changes, and who they are really benefitting. Social care polices are made and dismantled at a speed which beguiles reason. The Care Act 2014 has come out, promising even more services to greater numbers of people, with precious little resources to match these promises.
SWAN is pleased to share the following article written by Holly Luther, Final Year Social Work Student at the University of Bath - it is a great take on what radical practice has to offer social work with adults today. Holly's ideas and passion for this topic and article stemmed from her second year placement spent in a community team for adults with learning disabilities, and teaching from now retired lecturer, Mark Baldwin.
Radical social work is one of many social work theories that provides an insight into the causes of hardship for individuals and offers ways in which we could approach these problems and support the people we as social workers come in to contact with. This article will provide an overview of radical social work, its history and development as well as its place in reintroducing a framework for social work practice today.
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.