This year, BASW England is hosting its annual conferences and members’ meeting virtually for the first time.  2020 has been a year of challenges, and life changing events that have had a major impact on the way social workers work.

These events are designed for social workers, individuals in social care and their employers.  The programme will feature expert led workshops and panel discussions.  Please revisit this page for updates.  To view the conference programme, scroll down the page and click on the link under Further Information.

A Manifesto for Change

BASW England Annual Members’ Meeting - Wednesday 9th June

​This meeting is open to BASW England members only.  This is your opportunity to find out how your professional association has been supporting members and how we have led on a wide variety of campaigns, events, branch meetings and development of resources for social workers as well as making sure that the voice of the social worker is heard in the media, government, and by social work leaders.  This will also be your opportunity to put questions to the panel.

​BASW England Student & NQSW Conference - Thursday 10th June
‘Human Rights – Principles, Ethics & Practice’

This year's conference will focus on the importance of human rights and ethics in social work.  The day will be split into 3 sessions:

Session 1: Workshop: Getting your first job in social work.

When you have finished your studies at university and got your social work qualification the job hunting starts.  This workshop will help equip you with the skills and knowledge to overcome the barriers you will face in finding your first social work job and provide you with tips on application forms, interviews and getting prepared to enter the workforce.  Workforce Development Leads for 3 local authorities will share their tips and advice on starting your social work career alongside members of BASW England’s Student & NQSW Group.


  • Joanne McCarthy – Hampshire County Council
  • Kim Holmes – Pan Dorset & Wiltshire Council
  • Simon Garner – Lincolnshire County Council
  • Pam Shodeinde – BASW England Student & NQSW Group
  • Sarah Harrison ­- – BASW England Student & NQSW Group

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Session 2: Anti-Poverty & Social Work Panel Discussion

Speaker Dominic Watters will focus on the importance of adopting an anti-poverty approach to practice, as well as reflections on his personal and professional experiences.  For more information on BASW’s Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Workers click here

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Session 3: Joint Student/England Conference Celebrations

Join us for an evening of fun, laughter, and bingo!  After a stressful 12 months and the challenges of working through a global pandemic, we can hopefully see some light at the end of the tunnel.  De-stress and unwind in a light- hearted evening with fellow social workers.

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BASW England Conference - Friday 11th June
‘Human Rights – Principles, Ethics & Practice’


This year’s conference will host speakers reflecting on the importance of ensuring human rights and ethics remain central to practice, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matters movement.

Session 1: “Reflections on Human Rights and Ethics”

Keynote Speaker: Vava Tampa

Vava, as a Congolese man will reflect on his experiences as a refugee, his work as a social worker in London and the global international human rights and the Black Lives Matters and MeToo Movements, within the context of the pandemic.

Vava is a social worker, BASW member, community organiser, and a freelance writer.

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Session 2: Social Work Perspectives on Human Rights, Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas

A panel of speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience will discuss the social work perspective of human rights and the ethical challenges and dilemmas that social workers face.

Chair: Dr. Andy Gill, Chair BASW England Committee


  • Alexis Quinn is a campaigner for alternatives to restraining patients in ATUs.  Alexis has lived experience as an autistic parent and is interested in the rights of autistic pregnant women.
  • Nicola Sylvester is a social worker who has carried out research around the black children in schools.
  • Jackie Yaskey is a lecturer of social work at the University of Greenwich.
  • Patriche Bentick is a member of BASW’s Black Professionals Symposium

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