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Black Country branch 50 year celebration: The past, present and future of social work


  • Preet Gill - Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston
  • Professor Michael Lavalette - National Co-ordinator of the Social Work Action Network
  • Ben Westwood – care experienced poet
  • Serge Paul, former BASW Chair

Preet Kaur Gill is MP for Edgbaston but previously was a Sandwell Councillor and was a Social Worker in Birmingham. She’s the current Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary of State for International Development. She joined the Boot Out Austerity walk as it came through Sandwell in 2017, not long before she was elected an MP.

Ben Westwood tweets and has published  as ‘Poems from a runaway’ and there is now an Audiobook of his poems available on Audible. He was in care with a Black Country authority and was in a number of residential and fostering placements. He currently has writings as part of a Foundling Museum exhibition  with Quentin Blake drawings in London.

Michael Lavalette is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Liverpool Hope University. He is editor in chief of the Journal Critical and Radical Social Work is a founder member of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) and coordinator for SWANI (Social Work Action Network International). He has written widely about the impact of neoliberalism and austerity on social work. His most recent books are: Palestinian Cultures of Resistance (2021), Social Work and COVID-19 (2020) and What is the Future of Social Work (2019).  

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