*Postponed* Excellence in Social Work Leadership - Professional Leadership Programme for Social Work Leaders and Managers in Challenging Times

This is a BASW Event

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Central Birmingham , Birmingham


Public service organisations need social work leaders who are confident, inclusive and effective decision makers - and who can work in often uncharted and complex settings with creativity and resilience.  This programme provides tailored support to each participant to develop and sustain these capabilities. This programme enables social work leaders and managers to connect their professional values to their impact as leaders.

Who should attend

Social workers in first line, middle and senior management, and professional leadership and supervisory roles, or those moving into such roles.  Also experienced social workers in independent practice and consultancy roles.


Originally developed with SCIE, the Excellence in Social Work Leadership (ESWL) programme is a well-established professional leadership course which has been commissioned by many organisations nationally over past 8 years. 

BASW is hosting the programme, making it available to members (at a 50% discount) and non-members.

ESWL relates management and professional development to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and to the relevant Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) in a rigorous and applied way.

It is delivered over six days - in 3 x 2-day modules at intervals of four to six weeks. In between modules, participants are asked to apply the principles and knowledge they are gaining in their local context and bring their experience into discussion. Inter- module projects are set which help embed the course in local leadership challenges.

Participants are also offered a specially tailored ‘360 degree’ feedback process with individual coaching sessions to consider the report and professional development implications.

Through a work book, the course asks participants to draw together a portfolio of reflective evidence to progress toward goals they establish at the beginning.  

The course facilitators are well known developers and facilitators in Social work practice, leadership and research and draw on a wealth of materials and networks.


Full course cost*: 

This is a six day course run on the following dates: 

New dates to be confirmed

BASW members: £ 900  

Non-members:     £1800 (includes BASW membership for six months, if eligible)

Bookings of two or more places will attract a 10% discount*. Use the code CPDGROUP10 at the time of booking. 


Core Delivery Team - Biographies

Dr Ruth Allen – CEO of BASW, Director of Social Work and Social Care, London. Faculty Chair, mental health, TCSW

Ruth is CEO of British Association of Social Workers. Previously  she was  Director of Social Work for the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, covering five Borough Council areas in SW London. She has worked for Local Authorities and Trusts in East London and in Hertfordshire and has also worked for CSIP/NIMHE.

Claire Barcham - TCSW elected Professional Assembly Member, Manager Emergency Duty Team, London Borough of Islington

Claire works across children’s and adults’ services as a manager in emergency duty services in London. She is known for her work related to developing the AMHP Lead Network (of which she was chair for 8 years) and as Professional Development Lead for The College of Social Work. Claire led on the development of the Professional Capabilities Framework, as well as other areas of professional practice, such as developing National Capabilities for the BIA role. She was also part of the national implementation training team for the Mental Health Act in 2008-9. She is a very experienced trainer and facilitator in children, adults, mental health and integrated services topics..

Dr. Karen Linde – Developer, Academic and Researcher

Has held senior appointments in academic and development contexts with responsibility for the design of large scale change initiatives, leadership, evaluation and research activities. She has particular expertise in policy evaluation, partnership working and has carried out innovative research in the area of social identity, team working, the implementation of psycho-social interventions, and  of systems approaches. She is a trained coach and mentor with experience of the  design of whole organisation development programmes.    Karen has a continuing development role in the area of inequalities, building on prior work in the equalities field, with a focus on improving org responses to violence and abuse and working effectively with communities in conflict. She is a Senior Associate at the Centre for Citizenship and Communities, a partnership between the RSA and Royal Society for Public Health which explores the role of social networks in better health  outcomes.    



'Positive well informed delivery Excellent facilitation and feedback'

'Knowledgeable facilitators who were confident about how to apply the PCF framework'

‘The course was extremely well organised and structured The co-hosts facilitated constructive discussion and all exercises had clear learning objectives’

'Easily accessible concepts and clear group exercises were meaningful - collectively widened my understanding of leadership'

‘It has introduced new ideas and thinking, it has been helpful in developing new structures for more engaged and inclusive management style . I have particularly the collaborative style of the team teaching us, they bring a very good mix of experience and knowledge’.

‘The course is timely and the facilitators make reference to the Professional Capability Framework for social workers throughout so there is a real sense of what good social work leadership looks like on a personal, team and strategic level.  The facilitators are well respected in the world of social work and have real experience and understanding of navigating people and organisations.   The course will challenge the attendee to make explicit why they practice social work, what it means to them now and how they might want to develop as a leader going forward. It’s grounding.    I found it brought clarity and by the end of the course I had a sense of my future options as a professional - when I started I didn't really have the space in which to consider those possibilities although I knew I'd reached the stage where I needed to do that. Without meaning to sound new age, the course is rich and holistic in its nature.   In its entirety it gave me more confidence to act in a leadership role. I would thoroughly recommend it. ‘


There is additional  input from key leaders nationally and internationally in Leadership and Social Work and service user leaders and activists.

The access to diverse social networks is a key added benefit of the course


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Date : 17th January 2018

Time : 9.00am-5.00pm

Email : events@basw.co.uk

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