SWAN is a loose 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.
 
The adjacent video provides a flavour of SWAN’s position and activities.

 
SWAN developed from the Social Work Manifesto, written by Jones, Ferguson, Lavalette and Penketh in 2004. The Manifesto is the basis for our understanding of the present difficulties facing social work.