SWAN is pleased to announce a conference at Liverpool Hope University on Wednesday 10th June 2015, entitled 'PsychoPolitics in the Twenty First Century: Peter Sedgwick and radical movements in mental health'.

The conference is supported by SWAN and the Critical and Radical Social Work Journal. It will be a relatively low cost event and we are keen to encourage participation by SWAN and other activists. A flyer and call for papers are attached below.

On Friday  (17 October, 2014) the annual meeting of the ‘All Ireland Social Work Educators and Researchers’ Forum’ took place. Held this year at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and representing  social work educators, located in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, this motion was agreed;

Get yourself to this important meeting on Thursday in the Teachers Club, Dublin at 6pm. Members of the Dublin SWAN group will be there. We urgently need to align with grassroots groups like this in order to properly empower the people we work with.

West Midlands SWAN, in conjunction with Birmingham Unison and Birmingham Against the Cuts, have written to Sir Albert Bore - Leader of Birmingham City Council - about its cuts to children's services budgets and links between these cuts and public criticism of children's services in the city. This includes the OFSTED Inspection of safeguarding services in September 2012 which rated those services to be inadequate.

Dear SWAN Supporter,

At the recent International SWAN conference in Durham, a motion (see attached photo’s) was passed to support the Social Work Action Network here in Ireland in our fight against the introduction of the cheap labour graduate scheme for newly qualified social workers.
As SWAN supporters you can help our campaign by emailing the person trying to introduce this scheme, the Director of the Child and Family Agency Gordon Jeyes, on May 1st, International Workers Day, telling him about this motion and voicing your opposition to this scheme. His email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!

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