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Press regulation, editorial standards, and protecting the public

Learn about the media complaints process for social workers, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), and how IPSO can help you.

This training session will provide an introduction to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the regulator of most newspapers and magazines in the UK.

Led by Jane Debois (Head of Standards and Regulation) and Dr Beth Kitson (Engagement Officer) the session will introduce IPSO and explain the rules the press must follow.

They will also introduce the Editors’ Code of Practice that sets out the rules that newspapers and magazines regulated by IPSO have agreed to follow - this includes standards on accuarate reporting and respect of privacy, discrimination, harassment, and coverage of children and victims of sexual assault.

The training will include practical advice on speaking (and not speaking) to the press; and how IPSO can help you.

The deadline to register for this event is 10am on 8th June 2023. Be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. 

Non-members can register for the event here:

This training session follows the SWU Campaign Fund's work with the Independent Monitor for the Press (IMPRESS) to publish guidelines on media coverage of social work

SWU has also recently launched a rapid reporting mechanism for social workers concerned about media coverage, following a discussion of the topic by the IPSO Readers’ Panel. 

The Social Workers Union (SWU) will continue to work with IPSOIMPRESS, the National Union of Journalists, and other bodies to address issues in the coverage of social workers in the media.