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BASW England Conference 2021

Session 1: Principles, Ethics and 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: “My Reflections on Human Rights and Ethics”

  • Keynote Speaker: Vava Tampa

Vava Tampa is a social worker specialising in mental health and in health inequalities. He works in a CMHT in London.

Originally from Congo, Vava is also an activist and a freelance writer with over ten years of frontline experience on peace building in Congo and in Africa’s great lakes region. His activism was dramatized in Adam Brace’s play “They Drink it in the Congo.” He featured in Paloma Faith’s “Warrior” video. Vava has also been blocked on Twitter by the Rwandan president Paul Kagame for his activism on impunity and accountability for Mapping Report crimes committed in Congo.

His essays, opinions and exposé which attempts to advocate for human dignity - with a particular interest in culture, decolonisation and Black Lives Matter[ing] - have appeared in TRT World, The Guardian, The Africa Report and in several other outlets including Al Jazeera, CNN International, Forbes Magazine and International Business Times.  Previously Vava worked in a Safe House, caring for victims and survivors of modern-day slavery. Before this, he worked in Anti-Human Trafficking.

  • Speaker: Angela Frazer-Wicks

Angela is a Trustee of the charity Family Rights Group, co-chair of the Cafcass Learning and Improvement Board, member of the experts by experience group for the Review of Children’s Social Care and a member of the BASW 80/20 Steering Group which is campaigning to uphold relationship based social work.

Angela will be sharing her personal story as a parent whose sons were removed permanently from her care and later adopted. The presentation will look specifically at some of the ways we can improve what is sometimes referred to as “Final Contact”. Angela will share both her personal experience of this and also reflect on the learning for families where “Final Contact” has taken place through a computer screen, during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

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