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BASW England Student and NQSW Conference 2019

The Power of Relationships in Social Work

Featuring 2 opportunities to attend 3 unique workshops, panel discussions and keynote speakers in addition to exhibition stands and networking opportunities; this full day conference is designed for social work students and newly qualified social workers. 

The programme features expert lead workshops on topics including "Getting your first job in social work" and "Being the best social worker you can be". This packed event will give you the opportunity and the tools to kickstart your social work career. To view the conference programme scroll down the page and click on the link under Further Information.


Mary Busk and Sue North M.B.E, who work for NHS England will be the Keynote speakers. Mary is a Family Carer Adviser at NHS England and mother of 3 children, one of whom has a learning disability and autism. She was one of the founders of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and was involved in creating the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) elements of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Sue leads the Children and Young People and Learning Disability and Autism Programme at NHS England. Sue is a social worker having worked across local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and as delivery partner for the Department for Education; she has led this work within NHS England including the development of the sections of the NHS Long Term Plan relating to ensuring the best start in life for children and young people with autism, a learning disability or both.

Our panel discussion for the day will be titled; Diversity: how to meet and beat the standard. Our expert panel, including those with lived experience, will discuss and take questions on diversity with particular reference to Gender Identity and Transgender issues. Hear how to apply leadership skills on placement and in your first post to meet diversity needs practically and ethically. Panel members include Janet Reynolds from Bradford University and Peter Northrop from Skills for Care.


One Foot in the Door: Getting a Job in Social Work, Tara Brady, Leeds City Council

When you have finished university the job hunting starts. This workshop will help equip you with skills and knowledge to overcome those barriers around applicatio forms, being interviewed and getting prepared. Feel nervous about an interview? Let’s talk about it with tips and guidance. Find out what Leeds City Council expects from their Newly Qualified Social Workers. The session will be interactive with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Be the Best Social Workers You Can Be, Kathryn Stenton & Helena Fish, North Yorkshire Council

The workshop session will explore the qualities, values, skills and behaviours of a good Social Worker. The focus will be on how the aSYE programme supports the development of effective Social Work practice for Newly Qualified Social Workers. Consideration will be given to how NQSW’s can maximise their learning opportunities during the course of their ASYE and embed learning in practice.

Digital Dilemmas: Relationships and Technology, Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner, University of Birmingham

In this session Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner will draw upon recent research he has been part of to help you explore whether the use of Facebook in social work practice with children and families is an unethical practice or an effective tool in child protection’. The session will primarily be interactive, and you will be encouraged to discuss and debate four fundamental questions in relation to this current, controversial and challenging topic for social work practice.

Meet Your New Social Work Regulator, Philip Hallam, Social Work England

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to meet your new regulator. You will hear about our journey so far and the new standards that we are setting for the profession. We will provide details on the way that registrants will be able to engage with us online via our new online account and an overview of our guidance for using social media.

Macmillan International Higher Education - Golden Ticket!

Three lucky conference attendees will receive book vouchers to the value of £100, £75 or £50 courtesy of our sponsor, Macmillan International Higher Education. Look out for the golden ticket in your delegate pack on the day to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

Sponsors and Exhibitions

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

To secure your place, please register below.

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Further Information