World Social Work Day 2017

BASW’s World Social Work Day focus

World Social Work Day 2017 (WSWD) is on the 21st of March. The theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Below you can find out about BASW’s contribution to the 2017 celebrations, events taking place in your UK country and much more besides.

Harry Venning Competition
BASW has teamed up with Radio 4’s 'Clare in the Community' creator, Harry Venning, for a Funny Anecdote Competition.To celebrate World Social Work Day BASW has teamed up with Clare in the Community creator Harry Venning who will turn your idea into an illustration. The winner will get to keep the original artwork which will also be featured in Professional Social Work magazine. The first 30 entries will receive a mug with an illustration Harry has made for BASW.

The winner will be announced on World Social Work Day along with two runners-up.

Social Work Society
BASW is asking members to tweet a selfie and say why you’re standing up for social work on World Social Work Day 2017. Take a selfie and post using the hashtag #SWSociety17. Please tag us in your tweet @BASW_UK.

Parliament Event 21 March 2017
Convocation Hall, Church House, Deans Yard, Westminster SW1P 3NZ

BASW is holding an event to celebrateWorld Social Work Day. Kelly Tolhurst MP will open the event and there will be a range of other speakers throughout the day. There will be a number of practitioners speaking about their work to finish the day along with networking opportunities.

BASW England

BASW’s Leicestershire Branch present a seminar to celebrate World Social Work Day
21 March 2017 at De Monfort University, Edith Murphy Building Room 1.28 , Southgates, Leicester, LE1 5RR
6.15pm-8.00pm

BASW’s Leicestershire branch present a seminar to celebrate World Social Work day: "Parental drug misuse: Supporting the adult protecting the child"

BASW England Professional Officer, Gavin, will be leading a seminar examining the risks to children and unborn babies caused by parental drug misuse and how those risks can be managed by supporting parents and families. 

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0121 622 8414 or email: england@basw.co.uk

Greater Manchester Branch Meeting
22 March 2017 at Stockport Advocacy Offices, 48 Middle Hillgate, Stockport , SK1 3DL
6.30pm-8.30pm

BASW’s Greater Manchester branch will be holding a meeting to celebrate World Social Work Day.

The discussion will focus on the capabilities statement on social work for older people and links to other developing capabilities frameworks / social work assessment frameworks

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0121 622 8414 or email: england@basw.co.uk

BASW Oxfordshire presents the first branch meeting and seminar on Parental drug misuse – Supporting the adult protecting the child
22 March 2017 at Ruskin College - Room 2.09/2.10 performance space, Ruskin hall, Dunstan road, Old headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ
5.30pm-8.30pm

BASW Oxfordshire presents the first branch meeting and seminar on 'Parental drug misuse – Supporting the adult protecting the child'.

The BASW Oxfordshire branch will be launching on world social work week. The branch is a resource for local members to; meet with other social workers in their area, attend events and seminars, enhance their Continuous Professional Development and campaign for better working conditions. 

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0121 622 8414 or email: england@basw.co.uk

Birmingham and Solihull Branch and Black Country Branch Collaborative Seminar - Justice for Child Abuse Survivors by Phil Frampton
23 March 2017 at the University College Birmingham, McIntyre house, 2 Holland Street, Birmingham, B3 1PW
6.30pm-8.30pm

This event will be led by Phil Frampton who will be signing copies of his book, “The Golly in the Cupboard”. The book will be available to purchase. Please indicate if you are interested in buying a copy when booking onto the event.

Phil Frampton - Having delivered lectures and seminars to social work, nursing and health students for over 10 years, to students at London Metropolitan University, around the themes of child protection, children in care and care leavers; Phil was made Honorary Doctor in Philosophy in 2016.  Phil was the Chair of Care Leavers Association 2000-2003, and has fought tirelessly for the rights of Care Leavers and recognition for survivors of abuse in children’s homes. In 2014 Phil, as a part of a group of survivors and child protection specialists, set up the Whiteflowers Campaign for justice, who have been instrumental in ensuring the Government’s Inquiry into Child Abuse is conducted fairly and with survivors at the heart of it. 

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0121 622 8414 or email: england@basw.co.uk

BASW Cymru

Curry and Conversation - Swansea
20 March 2017 at the Anarkali Restaurant, 79/80 St Helens Road, Swansea, SA1 4BQ
6.45pm-8.30pm

As part of the celebrations for World Social Work Week we would like to invite you to join us to talk about how the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 provides a legal framework for social workers in supporting environmental sustainability and community well-being.

For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: wales@basw.co.uk

Curry and Conversation - Aberystwyth
20 March 2017 at the Light of Asia Indian Restaurant, 34 East Gate Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AR
6.45pm-8.30pm

As part of the celebrations for World Social Work Week we would like to invite you to join us to talk about how the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 provides a legal framework for social workers in supporting environmental sustainability and community well-being.

For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: wales@basw.co.uk

Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability: World Social Work Day 2017
21 March 2017 at the Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP
10.30am-5.00pm

Swansea University is hosting an international event to celebrate World Social Work Day 2017 on 21 March 2017, along with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Cardiff University and the University of Houston, Texas.

Utilising a bi-regional approach (Swansea, UK and Houston, USA) this conference is designed to support delegates’ exploration of the International Federation of Social Worker’s theme for World Social Work Day 2017: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability.

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BASW Cymru AGM - Cardiff
22 March 2017 at the 1 Caspian Point, Pierhead Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
10.00am-12.30pm

All BASW Cymru members are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will open at 10am with an address from Dr Catherine Poulter on 'Social Work Research: Making a difference to practice' with the AGM taking place from 10:30-12:30.

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First Gwent Branch Meeting
23 March 2017 at the Riverside Cafe, Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport, NP20 1HG
12.00-1.00pm

The first meeting is to think about what the group wants to look like and how we at BASW Cymru can support you. We're looking forward to an open conversation ending in tangible outcomes for moving forward. We'll also take the opportunity to celebrate World Social Work Week 2017.

For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: wales@basw.co.uk

NIASW

NIASW Annual Meeting
21 March 2017 at the Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3LP
12.00-1.00pm

The NIASW annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 12:00–1:00pm and is open to all social workers.  

The meeting is an opportunity to hear an annual update on NIASW’s activities, as well as participate in committee elections. There is also an opportunity to ask questions and address NIASW with any applicable current issues.

Social Work is Leadership - World Social Work Day Celebration
21 March 2017 at the Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3LP
1.00pm-3.00pm

Sean Holland, Chief Social Services Officer will open the event at 1.45pm.

There will be a number of other speakers including a senior legal figure talking about being a female leader in a predominantly male sector and social workers sharing their experience of being leaders in a number of different contexts.

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SASW

Social Work Role in Domestic Abuse
22 March 2017 at the Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
12.30pm-4.30pm

This event, delivered in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, is part of a week of SASW activity related to the theme of this year’s World Social Work Day “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability”.

This theme is grounded within social work; its values and ethics and the application of best practice in Scotland today. Social work is about social justice, promoting welfare, and supporting people and communities to make lasting changes which allow all our citizens to have equal opportunities and better life experiences We will focus on what social workers can do to identify domestic abuse and its impact, and promote the rights and needs of women and children who experience it.

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: scotland@basw.co.uk

Independents Local Network - Scotland
23 March 2017 at the SASW Office, Shandwick House, 2nd Floor, 67 Shandwick Place , Edinburgh, EH2 4SD
9.30am-3.30pm

SASW is welcoming all Independents to join us for a full day event to explore professional issues, business needs and to link with the Assocation. This event will be hosted by BASW colleagues Tim Parkinson, Professional Officer Scotland and Tricia Gbinigie, Business Development Officer - Independents. 

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Please get in touch to discuss this further at independents@basw.co.uk or start a thread within the BASW online Members Forum where each network has their own private discussion area. 

Gypsy Travellers, Human Rights and Social Work
24 March 2017 at the The Lantern, Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, G4 0B
12.30pm-5.00pm

Gypsy Travellers, Human Rights and Social Work’s role, has been planned in partnership with IRISS (the Institute for Innovation and Research in Social Services) and SASW (Scottish Association of Social Work)

This event, which will be chaired by well know broadcaster, campaigner, writer and author (e.g. "Blossom") Lesley Riddoch, will see the launch of an IRISS “Insight”, produced in partnership with members of the Gypsy Travellers Community, Independent social workers/ authors, IRISS and SASW.

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For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: scotland@basw.co.uk

SASW Awards

For the many years SASW have facilitated the awards, the night has been about acknowledging the dedication of individual social workers and highlighting the tremendous pride for the profession through the supporters in the audience.

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Non-BASW Events

Brunel University London - Comedy and Care: The Funny Side of Social Work

Join comedian Jo Brand (Centre for Comedy Studies Research Ambassador and creator of the Channel 4 social work comedy Damned) and a panel of experts and practitioners who will explore media portrayals of social work, the role of comedy in shaping discussions of social work, and much more.

This event will be held on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 4:30pm.

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