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BASW England refreshes London branch and sets new goals

Ian ‘The Samurai Social Worker’ Lawrence delivers keynote speech

On 29th September, social workers and trainees from greater London met at Guy's Hospital to lay the groundwork for representation for local social workers and shape the group's agenda for the coming year.

Ian 'The Samurai Social Worker' Lawrence delivered the keynote from two perspectives - that of a social work manager and an individual detained under the mental health act - and spoke about the role of social work in listening to and validating people who experience little of either in their daily lives, and often from services who are meant to be supporting them.

Carrying Ian's words forward, the group shared ideas around how the branch could support London-based social workers in their workplace, capture their voices to influence policy and connect with grassroots organisations and campaigns that work with families, vulnerable children and adults and service users.

Ten people have applied to join the committee, which will meet on 1st November to confirm roles.

The committee will plan regular open meetings at the Liverpool Street branch headquarters and in various locations, meaning social workers across London will have the opportunity to attend meetings in or near to their borough.

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like more information, get in touch with BASW Professional Officer and London branch lead, Keri O'Riordan, at