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.

Do you have a Funny Anecdote? Enter here or on Facebook.

Don't forget to share your anecdote on Social Media to encourage your friends to vote for you.

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.

BASW England

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
6.30 - 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:

BASW Cymru

BASW Cymru have teamed up with Cardiff, Houston and Swansea Universities to celebrate World Social Work Day

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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NIASW World Social Work Day Celebration - Social Work is Leadership

21 March 2017, 1.45pm, Stormont Hotel, Belfast


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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