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BASW England Conference and Members' Meeting 2019

Relationships - the DNA of Social Work

Featuring 8 unique workshops, fringe and breakfast meetings, a speakers corner, drinks reception, exhibition and networking for 300 delegates this programme packed event will give you the opportunity and the tools to build stronger relationships and empower communities.

This event is designed for social workers, individuals in social care and their employers.  The programme will feature expert lead workshops and meetings around BASW England 80/20 Campaign and Social Work in Disasters.  Please revisit this page for updates.  To view the conference programme scroll down the page and click on the link under Further Information.


​This meeting is open to BASW England members only.  If you are not a member, but are attending the conference, the exhibitions and refreshments areas will be open at the same time, so please take the opportunity to network with our exhibitors.


This year's conference will focus on the importance of relationships in social work, reflected in the day programme of speakers and masterclasses.  Ian Lawrence who blogs as The Samurai Social Worker will be the Keynote speaker.  Ian is a registered social worker who came to the profession after previous careers in agriculture and sales.  He now specialises in complex neurological conditions and brain injury and manages a community team serving adults with learning and physical disabilities.  Ian also has lived experience of Bipolar Affective Disorder and psychosis and cares for his mother who is living with Alzheimer's Type Dementia.  The title of his talk is Relationships, that's all there ever is.  A timeline of relationship impacts.

The Family Rights Group (FRG),  Parents Panel​ ​will speak about their experiences of social work and social workers.  The Parents Panel is an expert panel of family members with direct lived experience of the Child Welfare and Family Justice System.  The FRG is a charity that works with parents in England and Wales, whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home.  The FRG advise parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children's welfare.  The FRG campaign for families to have a voice, to be treated fairly and get help early to prevent problems escalating.


  • ​Supervision and Management Relationship, Dr Fran Wiles, The Open University 
  • Asking for help: Does adult care law help or hinder relationship building? Robert Lomax & Rachel Hubbard, University of the West of England 
  • Lived experience of the care system and relationships with social workers: what has helped and hindered us, Leeds Care Leaver Council ​
  • The Brain Injury Social Work Group
  • Practice Educator Relationships, BASW England PEPS Refresh Group 
  • 30 Year's of the Children Act, Dr Mark Kerr 
  • ​Mark Neary
  • Social Work in Disasters, Maris Stratulis, BASW England National Director 

80/20 Campaign Panel Discussion

The conference will close with a panel discussion on the ongoing 80/20 Campaign which BASW England has developed to improve the contact time between social workers and children and families.

Speaker's Corner

This event features a Speaker's Corner where individuals are afforded the opportunity to give short presentations on current topics and practices.

Located outside the main networking hub, a limited number of speaker slots will be made available in advance for registered delegates, these audience members and (name and title only) shared with the presenters’ pre-event and the opportunity to contact them indirectly (through BASW England) posing questions that enable you to better shape your presentation pre-event.

During each conference, delegates and exhibitors are able to book sessions on site filling empty slots further increasing engagement.

Sessions will be available around the following approximated times: Final timings will be determined as the programme becomes fixed closer to the time of the event.

  • 08.30 – 10:00
  • 12:30 - 14:00
  • 16.30 – 18.00

Should you care to speak in this feature area, please submit a 300 word synopsis, with your name and presentation working title to Lisa Kennedy at

Sponsors and Exhibitions

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference or exhibiting then please contact for more information.

Breakfast Briefing

We have an opportunity for organisations to host a breakfast briefing at the conference.  For more information contact the England Team

Registration is now open, with the early bird discounted period extended to midnight Wednesday, 31st July.  We are also offering a discounted rate to groups of 6, please see pricing listed left.

To secure your place, please register below.


Further Information