BASW staff and members have been hard at work planning a diverse and exciting programme of activities for World Social Work Month 2021.
A well as exploring themes and priorities in each country of the UK, these events present a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what unites us as social workers across the UK and globally.
I look forward to celebrating and championing social work, both in the UK and around the world, with fellow social workers throughout the month of March.
Dr. Ruth Allen, BASW UK CEO
Week 1 and 2 were led by BASW Northern Ireland and BASW Cymru and you can now catch up on these free recordings via the World Social Work Month 2021 Webinar Recordings page.
Week 3 - led by BASW England
- Digital Direct: Performing social work online
Monday, 15 March 2021 - 11:30am to 1:15pm (Free event)
Speakers from around the world will be examining what good social work looks like and there will be learning for social workers in England looking to strengthen their practice.
- Creative collaborations with BASW England
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Free event)
This event will serve as a celebration of the creativity of social workers across the global community on World Social Work Day 2021. It will consist of a showcase of music, poetry, and dance and will be led by both social workers and those with lived experience.** World Social Work Day Special Event **
- World Social Work Day: Ubuntu - I am because we are
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Join BASW for a thought-provoking discussion on the meaning and spirit of 'Ubuntu' and what this means for social work in the UK and around the world
Anti-racist practice: A United States of America perspective - Session 1
Wednesday 17th March 2021, 10:00am-11:00am
Anti-racist practice: A United States of America perspective - Session 2
Wednesday 17th March 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Anti-racist practice: A United States of America perspective - Session 3
Wednesday 17th March 2021, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Join up to three workshops delivered by BASW England during World Social Work Week for a workshop on anti-racist practice lessons from the USA across the day.
- BASW England Domestic Abuse Guidance Launch
Thursday, 18 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm (Free event)
This event will provide ‘Top Tips’ from those with lived experience of domestic abuse, an overview of patterns of domestic abuse over COVID-19, as well as an introduction to the ‘Safer and Together’ model.
- An evening with Margaret Humphreys
Thursday, 18 March 2021 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm (Free event)
Optional donation via JustGiving
Margaret Humphreys will be our special guest talking to us about her life, career and work that led to the writing of her book and making of the film ‘Oranges and Sunshine’. The event will include a special screening of the film 'Oranges and Sunshine’ and we will be joined by the film’s Director Jim Loach.
- Social work in a time of Covid-19: International lessons for practice
Friday, 19 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm (Free event)
This event will feature social workers and social care workers from around the globe speaking about how they have practiced in a time of the pandemic and will be useful for anyone looking for examples of practice great social work in a time of a pandemic.
Week 4 - led by SASW
- SASW: Scottish Parliament Hustings 2021
Monday, 22 March 2021 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm (Free event)
SASW will be hosting a Scottish Parliament hustings online event which will serve as an opportunity to put members’ questions to MSPs.
- Ubuntu: Challenging Racism in Social Work Roundtable
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Free event)
Discuss the findings from SASW’s recent ‘Racism, Prejudice and Discrimination in social work’ survey and talk more in small groups what we can do individually and within our organisations to challenge racism in social work
- We're In This Together: Resilience and Well-being in Social Work
Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Members - Free Non-Members - £10 (plus £2 VAT)
This webinar will cover the working conditions of social workers, research findings around 'Spectrums' of emotional resilience in social work practice and making well-being a reality.
Social Workers Union (SWU) #WSWD2021 Programme
- Talk to SWU: work place issues webinar
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Free event)
This free webinar is a chance for social workers to talk directly to SWU about any work place issues they are experiencing (this can be done anonymously). All UK social workers are welcome to attend, regardless of membership.
Student Essay Competition
- SWU World Social Work Day 2021 student essay competition
Deadline: Friday, 4 June 2021
SWU's #WSWD2021 student essay competition is open for entries from February 22 to June 4. All undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking a social work degree in the UK are invited to participate by answering this year's SWU Assignment question. All completed entries will have the chance to win one of four £500 grants.