On Wednesday 10th June 2015, Liverpool Hope University are hosting a conference fighting for the defence of mental health services, an event strongly supported by SWAN:

The 'PsychoPolitics in the Twenty First Century' conference will explore the crisis in mental health services produced by ‘austerity’ and privatisation, and forms of activism that are emerging in opposition to this. The event will examine the work of earlier radical thinkers in mental health such as Peter Sedgwick and Franco Basaglia with the aim of renewing debates around the politics of mental health, as well as building alliances of resistance to cuts, managerialism and medicalisation.



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;

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.

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.