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Asserting Social Work in Uncertain Times

SASW Annual Conference in collaboration with the University of Dundee

Considering how we assert our contribution and champion social justice in gritty practice spaces within integrated teams. We will provide a platform to stimulate reflection and learning for all Social Workers.

Delivered in collaboration with the University of Dundee, this conference is open to all social workers from across Scotland and will offer a mixture of speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. 

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers:

Darren McGarvey

Darren McGarvey, who goes by the stage name of Loki, is an award winning author, social commentator and Scottish rapper. He is the 2018 Orwell prize winning author of Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass . Darren was part of the Poverty Truth Commission that was hosted in Glasgow in 2009 and has presented eight programmes for BBC Scotland exploring the root causes of anti-social behaviour and social deprivation. You can watch his TED Talk, "Understanding Anger in an Age of Outrage", here. 

Iona Colvin

Iona Colvin has been the Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government since April 2017.  Her role involves working with policy teams leading on major programmes including integration of health and social care, adult social care and  implementation of self-directed support. Before taking up this role, Iona spent more than 30 years working in local government. 

Maura Daly 

Maura Daly is a lecturer in Social Work, within the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. Her research includes exploring Values in Social Work and its connection to Social Justice and Professional Identity. 


Workshops will include:

  • BASW Anti Poverty Guide: Dr Godfred Boahen, Policy & Research Officer, BASW
  • Back to the Rough Ground - Towards Professional Wisdom: Mark Smith, University of Dundee
  • Person Centred Social Work in Risky Spaces - Trish McCulloch, University of Dundee 
  • Social Work: Learning from the Past - Jenny Duffy, University of Edinburgh 
  • Safe & Together - A New Model for Domestic Abuse: Sarah McMillan, Professional Officer, SASW
  • Staying Energised about Your Practice - Iriss
  • IFSW Ethical Principles and BASW Code of Ethics - Jane Shears, Head of Professional Development, BASW 


A brief annual SASW meeting will take place after lunch. 


The final programme will be circulated shortly. 


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