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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EMERGENCY ‘MOTION’ ON THE ‘NEW GRADUATE PLACEMENT SCHEME’ TO BE SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY

We welcome the setting up of the new Child and Family Agency in Ireland.

However, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency has stated that a new ‘graduate placement scheme’ will ‘see young graduates in social work departments honing their skills in order that they fully understand the complex challenges facing families before they eventually join the workforce’ (The Irish Times, 30 Jan 2014). Significantly, those participating in the ‘scheme’ will placed on a salary below that of starting salaries negotiated, by the trade unions, with the government over a number of years.