SWAN - The Social Work Action Network

Welcome to SWAN's website. Please check out features such as the SWAN regional webpages and previous conference resources. You can join SWAN here. Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter and keep abreast of developments for the 2014 SWAN Conference.

SWAN is a network of social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users united in their concern that social work activity is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions.

SWAN promotes a model of social work and social care practice which is rooted in the value of social justice. This model seeks to advocate alongside, and on behalf of, service users and carers. It values both individual relationship-based practice and collective approaches.

It works towards these objectives through regular conferences and campaigning activities, and to strengthen the radical voice within social work practice, education and wider social policy debates.

SWAN works alongside existing social care, service user and carer organisations, including UNISON and Unite, to promote strong collective organisation and, wherever possible, to campaign jointly.

SWAN is a membership organisation - please join us by following the instructions here.

A national steering committee of 12 people is elected each year by SWAN members during the National SWAN Conference Annual General Meeting (AGM) and is accountable to conference.

In addition, conference elects a National Convenor and a Deputy Convenor, who are responsible for co-ordinating the day-to-day work of SWAN, and the Treasurer, who is responsible for managing SWAN's finances.

 

The Deputy Convenor is responsible for convening at least three steering committee meetings per year. These meetings will be either face-to-face or via telephone conference call.

The SWAN Steering Committee for 2011 is:

Michael Lavalette - National Convenor
Rich Moth - Deputy Convenor
Mae Boyd - Treasurer
 
Committee Members are as follows:

Mark Baldwin
Peter Beresford
Veronica Collins
John Evans
Iain Ferguson
Barrie Levine
Kathryn Mackay
Reima Maglajlic
Laura Penketh
June Sadd
Phill Wheatley
Rona Woodward
 
You can contact the steering committee via email by clicking here.

* A motion was passed at the SWAN AGM on 16th April 2011 which agreed that the steering committee elected during the previous AGM in September 2010, will continue in post due to the relatively short time between annual conferences.

  

 

SWAN is a democratic, grassroots organisation – policy making and elections take place at the AGM during the annual conference’

Social Work Manifesto.

Social work in Britain today has lost direction. We need to find more effective ways of resisting the dominant trends within social work and map ways forward for a new engaged practice…

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History.

SWAN developed from the Social Work Manifesto written in 2004. It launched a popular defence of social work in the aftermath of the Baby Peter tragedy in 2008. It continues to hold successful conferences and campaigns; the 9th national SWAN conference will be held in Durham in April 2014.

SWAN is a membership organisation and we are dependent on the funds of members, plus what monies we take from our annual conference to run the organisation. You can find out about membership here.

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Change the course of social work

 

The next SWAN national conference is the eighth. It takes place at Durham University on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014. We will regularly update the SWAN website with information about speakers and booking. You can find these pages in the Conference 2014 section. Please email SWAN North East at ioakimides [at] googlemail.com if you have questions about the conference.

The title of the 2014 SWAN Conference is yet to be confirmed. This is the first time that a national SWAN conference has been held in the North East of England and we hope it will be the biggest ever SWAN event. It will link up social workers (in practice, education, research and training), service users and carers, trade unions, user-led groups, anti-cuts organisations, pressure groups, the disabled people and women's movements to unite to defeat the Coalition Government's social policy direction. Just as importantly we will debate, promote and celebrate alternative models and visions of social care.

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