The Social Workers Union (SWU) is the trade union dedicated to representing the interests of social workers and the social work profession.

SWU is now seeking nominations from members to fill vacancies on its Executive Committee.

To stand for election a candidate must meet the conditions set out in Bye Laws 1.4 and 1.5

The Executive Committee is made up of nine members (at least one member each from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and up to five others (UK representatives). The President of the union is elected by the executive from the UK representatives.

There are currently vacancies for a Northern Ireland Representative and a Scotland Representative. All candidates for election must be nominated by another member of the union. In the case of the National Representatives from Northern Ireland and Scotland, nomination must be by a member within the relevant nation.

SWU encourages applications from Students/Newly Qualified Social Workers and black and minority ethnic (BME) who are currently under-represented on the National Executive of SWU.

Candidates must complete a nomination form. The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 2nd August 2019. The full timetable for elections and information regarding terms of office for each vacancy can be found below.

Completed nomination forms must be accompanied by an election statement of no more than 500 words together with a head and shoulders colour photograph in a TIFF or JPEG format. These should be sent via email to Please note that nominees need to provide full contact details including a telephone number and email address.

You can view and download the nomination form and role description below. If you have any general queries about this process please contact the SWU Administration Manager on 0121 389 9248.