World Social Work Month 2022: Full programme

BASW national teams will each be leading a week of events and activities through the month of March. Please keep checking our events listings for new additions!

BASW UK events

'The State of Social Work': Launch of the findings of the BASW Annual Survey

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Professor Jermaine Ravalier (Professor in Organisational Psychology and Social Justice, Bath Spa University) and Dr Ruth Allen (CEO, BASW) explore some of the key findings from the BASW Annual Survey, which is due to be released in early March. The survey, conducted in December 2021, asked questions about a range of issues relating to the experiences of social workers as well as their current views on the profession.

Week 1: led by BASW Cymru

Communities of Practice: BASW Cymru joint session

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Come and join us as all three BASW Cymru Communities of Practice come together on this day to celebrate social work during World Social Work Week in Wales! Dewch i ymuno â ni wrth i'r tri o'n Cymunedau Ymarfer ddod at ei gilydd am un noson yn unig i ddathlu Gwaith Cymdeithasol yn ystod Wythnos Gwaith Cymdeithasol y Byd yng Nghymru!

Supporting and promoting social workers and social work in Wales

Members of the Senedd and their staff are cordially invited to this drop-in session with BASW Cymru to discuss ways to support and promote social workers and social work in Wales, to ensure it is a workforce fit for the future.

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Week 2: led by BASW England

On 8 March, BASW England is hosting a set of events dedicated to its 80-20 campaign, which promotes relationship-based practice in social work. On Thursday 10 March BASW England will be exploring social work in the context of the climate crisis and climate action:

80-20 Conference session 1: Social Work, the pandemic and relationship-based practice in a changing world

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 10:00am to 11:15am

This session will include sharing research, theories and approaches to relationship-based practice from a children and families and adults social work perspective. The voices of lived experience will inform this session with the opportunity to hear from the audience about what relationship-based practice means to you - and to share how what you have learnt will inform your pledge for more quality time for social workers to build relationships with children, families, adults and communities.

We'll be joined by Sue Hollinrake, associate professor at the University of Suffolk, who has published on a range of social work-related issues including relationship-based practice with adults. 

80-20 Conference session 2: Use and further development of the 'Kit Bag' a tool to assist relationship-based practice with diverse communities

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

'Kitbags 'are interactive materials that can help social workers to build better relationship-based practice with the families we support. Professor Gillian Ruch from the University of Sussex helped devise this multisensory tool - in this session she will introduce it and speak about its future development.

Joining Prof Ruch are practitioners who have used the tool. They will help facilitate breakout rooms, where the Kit Bags benefits will be discussed with a practice focus. BASW Anti-Racism Lead Shantel Thomas will join the discussion, as well as Principle Social Worker Carol Sibley.

80-20 Conference session 3: Creating a relationship-based practice culture within organisations

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Relationship-based practice cannot take place in a vacuum; good practice requires a supportive organisational culture. This session will discuss the work of Quality Circle., a self-regulating, independent group of practitioners that meet regularly and seek to progress a learning culture across the Sussex Family Justice system. Forum attendees include social workers, solicitors, barristers, legal executives, academics, LA lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, Cafcass, ISWs, judges and the Police.

The work of the group is action-orientated and is complemented by a Parent and Young Person Panel made up of people who have experienced the family justice system as young people or parents.

No-one Left Behind: Climate Change and Social Work (International, Local and Youth Perspectives)

Thursday, 10 March 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This session will explore the impact of climate change on social work at a local and international level. Vava Tampa, BASW England chair, will facilitate this session and speak about his own perspective on the climate crisis - as well as how social work as a profession can ensure no one is 'left behind' by climate action strategies.

Zoe Cohen from Extinction Rebellion will highlight current evidence and the impact of climate change on communities, what are the risks for the future, what can social workers do in their practice to address them. Liz Stevens, a social worker at Manchester City Council, and Enya Richards, a social worker at Plymouth City Council, will share their experiences of dealing with the impact of climate change on local social services.

Professor Lena Dominelli, University of Stirling will discuss work her work with schools in Scotland and reflect on the impact of climate change on their communities and what it means to them and the legacy of COP26. Lexie Reid will also speak about their perspective on the climate crisis and call to action, adding a youth perspective to the discussions. 

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Week 3: led by BASW NI

Infringement of fundamental freedoms – the legacy of Brexit in Ireland

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

BASW Northern Ireland and the Irish Association of Social Work (IASW) are co-hosting what promises to be a fascinating event – ‘Infringement of fundamental freedoms: The legacy of Brexit in Ireland’ – with special guest Daniel Holder from the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).

World Social Work Day 2022

Unequal Impact – The links between Environment Racism and Climate Change (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust & BASW joint event)

Tuesday 15 March 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This lunchtime event entitled: ‘Unequal Impact – The links between Environment Racism and Climate Change’ will examine the connections between those who profit from racism, colonialism and exploitation and those who cause and profit from the destruction of the world’s natural resources, from a UK perspective. We will conclude by asking - how do we co-build a new eco-social world where no one is left behind?’

The power of peer-to-peer support: Reflecting on the importance of caring for those who care for others

Thursday, 17 March 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

A live discussion hosted by the Social Work Professional Support Service, a free peer to peer support service for social workers.

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Week 4: led by SASW

SASW will be leading activities in week 4 of World Social Work Month. These will include a session led by the Children's Commissioner, focused on the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scottish law.  

SASW Crossing Borders – Navigating barriers to help people with insecure immigration status

Tuesday 22nd March 2022 - 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Join us as we explore the experiences of refugees and people with insecure immigration status, particularly those trying to escape abuse.  How can social workers effectively support people in these situations, especially when they have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)?

SASW Scotland after UNCRC incorporation – The role and importance of social work as a human rights profession

Thursday 24th March 2022 - 10.00am - 12.00pm

We'll be joined by the Children and Young People's Commissioner to explore the impact and role of the social work profession once Scotland incorporates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

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World Social Work Month 2022 closing week

Social Work Future: Media and public perceptions of social work, impact and change

Monday, 28 March 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

A chance to reflect and look towards the future - in this session, we'll be exploring media and public perceptions of social work, impact and change.

Talk to SWU: Workplace issues webinar

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A chance to talk with the Social Workers Union about workplace issues.  Join us at this free session to find out more about the union for social workers and how it can help you with any workplace issues you may be experiencing.

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