Catch up on the recordings for World Social Work Month 2022, including downloading the documents and resources, and celebrate and champion social work through the month of March.
BASW national teams led a week of events and activities through the month of March and you can now find the recordings below.
- Week 1: led by BASW Cymru
- Week 2: led by BASW England
- Week 3: led by BASW NI
- Week 4: led by SASW
- Closing week: led by BASW UK & SWU
Get involved on social media
Throughout March, we welcome social workers to get involved on Twitter using #WSWM2022 and tagging @BASW_UK
Session 1 - Social Work, the pandemic and relationship-based practice in a changing world | BASW England 80-20 Conference
This session includes 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.
Session 2: Use and further development of the 'Kit Bag' a tool to assist relationship-based practice with diverse communities | BASW England 80-20 Conference
'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.
Session 3: Creating a relationship-based practice culture within organisations | BASW England 80-20 Conference
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) | BASW England
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. Lexy-Bee Reid will also speak about their perspective on the climate crisis and call to action, adding a youth perspective to the discussions.
The power of peer-to-peer support: Reflecting on the importance of caring for those who care for others | BASW UK
A live discussion hosted by the Social Work Professional Support Service, a free peer to peer support service for social workers.
This event will be led by experienced volunteer social work coaches, from the Social Work Professional Support Service, who will share their experiences of supporting their peers though the Pandemic. They will talk about the worth that social workers put on talking to another social worker and the evidence base for peer coaching.
The event seeks to highlight the value of self-care and how critical it is to longer term emotional health, job effectiveness and satisfaction.
Social Work Future: Media and public perceptions of social work, impact and change | BASW UK
A chance to reflect and look towards the future - in this session, we'll be joining together for a vibrant discussion exploring media and public perceptions of social work, impact and change.
- Shahid Naqvi, PSW Editor,
- John McGowan, General Secretary of SWU,
- Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO,
- Simon Francis, from Campaign Collective and
- Georgiana Ndlovu, Msc Social Work Student, Freelance Journalist and BASW Student Ambassador.
Talk to SWU: Workplace issues webinar | BASW UK & SWU
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.