April 8th and 9th are your dates for the diary - Europe's biggest critical and radical social work conference takes place this year in Teeside.

 'DEFENDING WELFARE, WELCOMING REFUGEES: ANOTHER SOCIAL WORK IS POSSIBLE'

The key themes for this year will be refugees and racism; anti-privatisation; welfare reform and international perspectives. 

This year’s conference will take place in Middlesbrough in North East England. Over half of Middlesbrough is made up of areas that are the most deprived in England. Additionally Middlesbrough has the highest proportion of resident asylum seekers and refugees in the UK . The challenges of practicing from a social justice perspective, in such areas of multiple deprivations, form a central focus of the conference.

We welcome presentations (20 mins) or more interactive workshops (60 mins) from ALL including practitioners, service user and social justice organisations, students, educators and trade unionists. 

SWAN keep the cost of this conference as low as possible. Tickets can be purchased here and range from £15 to £35.  Asylum seekers and refugees attend for free.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. all proposals will be responded to by 12 March 2017 or sooner.

The full information sheet for this Call For Papers, with added information on the conference, is attached here. We are asking you to share this as widely as possible, amongst colleagues and friends. More than ever, we need to come together in a spirit of hope and solidarity - and above all resistance!