Skip to main content

London Branch - Austerity, social work ethics and relationship based social work

BASW 80-20 Campaign Event Series, sponsored by the Centre for Social Work Practice

The BASW England London Branch are proud to present their contribution to the 80-20 Campaign series of events, sponsored by the Centre for Social Work Practice.

This event will examine the impact of austerity and poverty on the people we work with. The session will explore how Social Workers can and should take steps to address this and how can relationship-based approaches can support and uphold good practice. Examples will include Special Guardianship work as well as other contexts.

Key learning points:

  • Understand ‘social suffering’ and the emotional impact of poverty and disadvantage.
  • Hear and discuss what child and family social workers and other professionals practicing in ‘austere times’ are saying
  • Reflect on how practitioners are balancing ethical dilemmas with the necessity of building relationships in practice.

The Speakers

  • Dr Helen Hingley-Jones, Associate Professor; Director of Programmes; Research Degrees Co-ordinator at Middlesex University
  • Dr Lucille Allain, Associate Professor at Middlesex University

About the 80-20 Campaign

We are campaigning to reverse the current trend which sees children and families social workers spending just 20 per cent of their time in direct contact with families. Our survey has revealed that BASW England members feel more of their time should be spent building relationships with families and with less of their time on administrative and process driven activities.

About the Centre for Social Work Practice

The Centre for Social Work Practice are committed to ensuring that reflective practice, with its focus on relationships, takes its rightful place not only in social work practice, but also in professional development and in the curriculum at all levels of qualifying and post-qualifying training.