A Social Work for the Future

Social work ethics, practice and policy: the next 50 years

The date for this event is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic - more to follow

Teaching and Learning Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

About BASW UK social work conference and festival 2020

In a time of huge change – new government, relationship with Europe, technology and environmental challenges – how should social work respond?  Join BASW to celebrate and learn from 50 years of social work ethics and practice, and to look to the future.

We will explore social work challenges, share emerging new initiatives and best social work practice, examine inspiring partnerships and develop expertise. Help us build social work’s unique role with individuals, communities and society – to empower independence, uphold human rights, and tackle injustice into the future.

This vibrant two day event is BASW's biggest event, attended by 100's of social workers from across the UK.  This landmark event is led by the voice of social work for social workers and  brings together a range of keynote speakers, workshops - all against a backdrop of festival enjoyment and wellbeing experiences.

We are proud to bring the social work sector together, including; practice leaders, social workers, social work managers, directors, key partners, employers, social work students, retired social workers, policy makers, academics, people with lived experience.


Day 1 - UK conference (including AGM for BASW members) - 22nd June 2020

Day 2 - UK conference - 23rd June 2020


Full programme to follow

Members and non- members are welcome!

Book your place

  • Two day conference Members: £50.00
  • Two day conference concession student and retired BASW members £25.00
  • Two day conference Non-Members £ 95.00
  • Day one only Members: Free
  • Day one only Non-members: £35.00
  • Day two only Members: £50.00
  • Day two only Non-members; £80.00

**Exclusive group discounts** are available for groups bookings of six people or more.  Contact us for details.

Not a BASW member yet?  Join BASW today and secure your discounted event ticket and also enjoy free and discounted events across the whole year, including webinars and podcasts. 


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