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Lord Alf Dubs headlines BASW London social work with refugees event

Former child refugee Lord Alf Dubs will be the keynote speaker at a new collaborative event on social work with refugees and asylum seekers in London on Saturday.

Organised by BASW London branch in partnership with the Social Work Action Network (SWAN), London South Bank University and Unison, the conference is aimed at social workers and social work students in both children’s and adult services and for asylum seeker and refugee organisations and charities providing social work services.

The event will also help those working at a strategic level planning and commissioning social care provision for asylum seekers and refugees. It will be particularly useful for those who have relatively little experience of providing support for this group of people.

Other speakers include Gulwali Passarlay, who was sent away from the conflict in Afghanistan as a young boy. After an extraordinarily tortuous journey across eight countries, Gulwali is now aged 21 and is set to graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in Social Science.

Workshop topics include:

  • Social work in Greece, Uganda, Calais
  • Understanding and using the UK law
  • Working with families with no recourse to public funds
  • The psychological impact of being a refugee/asylum seeker
  • Building solidarity in the workplace
  • Social work and the Prevent Agenda

BASW UK Chair Guy Shennan said: “This conference is all about defending our values and developing our practice. Lord Dubs’ extraordinary life embodies why it is so important to uphold the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and celebrate their contribution to the UK.

“Every social worker needs to understand the issues around refugees and asylum seekers and have an appreciation of the international context affecting their daily practice”.

Online registration has now closed but delegates can register in person on the day.

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