Following the first meeting of the SWAN Dundee Branch, it came to the attention of the Social Work students that we all shared similar concerns, ambitions and questions regarding a range of topics and issues which directly affected the Social Work profession.
One of the main outcomes was that, we as Social Work Students, feel that there can and should be more awareness raised amongst the Social Work student body regarding the current international, national and local issues which impact on our society and contribute towards social injustice and the suppression of anti-oppressive and relationship based practice within the field.
However, the support and understanding we as students received from current professionals in the field, educators and representatives of SWAN and other bodies has given us the impetus to organise and set-up our own student group; we hope this will allow us to discuss topics and issues relevant to social work practice and therefore provide a worthwhile contribution to future SWAN events. It was agreed by all that being able to share our concerns and beliefs within this environment helped assure us that not only can we contribute to promoting effective change within suppressive, managerial and neo-liberal structures and practices, but that we will also be supported and be able to draw upon the knowledge and experience of qualified professionals who share the same values and beliefs.
“We feel that Social Work Education is, in some parts, failing its students and students are also, in parts, failing to educate themselves… As a result we may be entering the profession unprepared to promote a more socially just society and challenge anti-oppressive approaches to practice. It is hoped SSWAND will provide an added resource to Social Work Education and promote a more inclusive approach to learning and awareness of all issues relevant to Social Work practice"
(Social Work Students, Dundee University, February 2016)
Congratulations to Swan Dundee and Student Swan Dundee on their first meeting!