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Social Work, Human Rights and Digital Technology - Findings from Research

Digital technology is increasingly an established part of social work practice: through electronic case management systems, using the web for resources and digital communication. New forms of digital technology are already being employed in the public sector including data linkage, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.

Human rights are at the heart of social work and digital technology has the power to both impede and increase human rights. This event is therefore being held to mark Human Rights Day 2021.

This event will share research bringing together researchers, service users, policy makers and social workers to better understand the current situation, think about what the future might hold and debate how social work might respond to digital technology in a way that promotes both human rights and best practice.

Confirmed speakers include service user researchers from the ‘Digitech’ research project (Shaping our Lives / Kings College), Professor Rick Hood (Kingston University) on Digital and Systems Thinking, Dr Dharman Jeyasingham (Manchester University) on agile working, Jessica Smith (CDEI) on Data Analytics in Children’s Social Care, Dr Rosanne Palmer (BASW) and Dr Calum Webb (Sheffield University) on social work and AI, and Professor Sue Ziebland (Oxford University) on the digital platforms ‘healthtalk’ and ‘socialcaretalk’. All titles are currently provisional and to be confirmed.

The event is on Thursday 9th December between 10.00 and 4.00 and will be both in person and streamed. We encourage attendees to join for the full day.

We are grateful to the Nuffield Foundation for the facilities for this event.

The event is free for BASW members. There is a cost for non-BASW members of £50.00 + VAT

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