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SWU offering £500 in student essay competition

Four grants of £500 to the best arguments for how to build better relationships

The Social Workers Union (SWU) have announced the theme for their annual World Social Work Day student essay competition. 

The question posed is: Working Better Together: How do we build stronger relationships between social workers and people using services?

The question links with the BASW Future of Social Work e-book project with the winning SWU entries being part of the online BASW publication:

The four most compelling arguments within the word limit of 750-1000 words will win a grant of £500 each.

The competition is open to university students only and all UK universities. A flyer with further details can be seen at the end of this article.

John McGowan, general secretary of SWU, said: “I am delighted that the interest in our assignment competition grows each year and the calibre of entries is strong. The relationship between social worker and the service user is a key element of the process of engaging and working together. Connecting with and actively engaging service users will make them feel at ease when they link with services; so, what better theme to have for our future social workers.”

All completed assignments will be judged by a panel comprising representation from the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU); Jon Dudley - BASW Hon Officer and a marker from the SWU executive.

The four winners will be invited to the SWU AGM and Conference 2020 (Fri 25th September, Manchester), where winning assignments will be displayed.

Please forward your completed assignment before that date with a covering letter giving your name, address, university, year of study and academic tutor (if appropriate) to:

The assignment should be typed, have your full name, the assignment question as the title, and must follow an academic process; such as word count and Harvard Referencing System.

The closing date for the competition is Fri 5th June  2020.

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