Social work in your area

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Join your local social work network

Our social work area forums are held across the country to keep you up to date with local and national social work activity.

The forums play an important role in local collaboration and partnerships.

Information about forthcoming meetings is included in our monthly social work briefing

 

 

Our Social Work Area Network (SWAN) meets three times a year at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Trumpington.

It is attended by a range of social work professionals across child and family and adults social work.  Our social work coordinator for this area is Fran Woodall. For more information please email fran.woodall@skillsforcare.org.uk.

The next meeting is Thursday 22 September at 1pm - 4pm at Cambridge Professional Development Centre.

Key information from the last meeting:

Our social work coordinators for this area are: Ali Rusbridge for London and Caroline Munro for South East England.

For more information about any of the London and South East forums please email londonsocialwork@skillsforcare.org.uk. 

Key resources:

Joint forums

1. The ASYE best practice forum

The ASYE best practice forum meets 10.00 -13.30 at the Skills for Care London office.  This is followed by an optional afternoon session which includes networking and local partnership meetings.You can bring lunch to the meeting.

Forthcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 22 September 2016
  • Thursday 15 December 2016

2. London and South East third sector forum

The London and South East third sector forum meets 14.00 -16.00 at the Skills for Care London office.

It follows the ASYE best practice forum and provides an opportunity for you to network with others and discuss the continuing professional development of your social workers.

London forums

Our London forums are is divided into five local areas which hold regular social work education meetings.  The forums provide an opportunity for you to work collaboratively with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to support your strategic planning.

  1. North West London social work partnership
  2. North Central London ASYE, CPD and PE social work group
  3. North East London social work partnership
  4. South East London Social Work Reform Partnership
  5. South West London and Surrey Social Work Alliance

Pan London social work education network (SWEN)

The SWEN meets 10.00-13.30 at the Skills for Care London office.This is followed by an optional afternoon session from 13.45-15.15. You can bring lunch to the meeting.

Forthcoming meetings:

  • Wednesday 9 November 2016

South East forums

Our South East forums are is divided into four local areas which hold regular social work education meetings.

The forums provide an opportunity for you to work collaboratively with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to support your strategic planning.

  1. Sussex and Surrey 
  2. Kent and Medway 
  3. Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth
  4. Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

We have two social work education networks in the midlands. For more information please email christine.collymore@skillsforcare.org.uk who is our social work coordinator for this area.

1. East Midlands social work network

Forthcoming meetings: 

2. West Midlands social work development group  

Forthcoming meetings: 

Key resources

We have two social work education networks in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber. Both networks address topics such as, post qualifying training for social workers, social work qualifying education, the PCF, the ASYE, principal social worker developments, practice education and continuing professional development.

We also use the meetings to contribute to consultations and address the concerns of local stakeholders.

The networks are attended by a range of social work professionals across child and family and adults social work.

Our social work coordinator for this area is Peter Northrop. For more information please email Peter.Northrop@skillsforcare.org.uk

1. North East Social Work Network

The North East Social Work Network meets 13.00 - 15.30. Listed below are the locations for each meeting. 

Last meeting: Tuesday 9 February 2016   

Forthcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday 12 July 2016 - Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UG (13.00 – 15.30)
  • Tuesday 27 September 2016 - Gateshead
    Civic Centre (13.00 – 15.30)
  • Tuesday 13 December 2016 - venue TBC (13.00 – 15.30)
  • 7 February 2017 - Sunderland Civic Centre, Committee Room 4
    (13.00 – 15.30)

2. Yorkshire and Humber Social Work Network

These meetings are held in Skills for Care offices at West Gate, 6 Grace Street, Leeds, LS1 2RP.

Last meeting: 18 May 2016

Forthcoming meetings:

  • Wednesday 13 July 2016 (10.00- 12.30)
  • Wednesday 28 September 2016  (10.00- 12.30)
  • Wednesday 30 November 2016  (10.00- 12.30)    
  • 8 February 2017 (10.00- 12.30)     

For more information about this network or any of the meetings please contact Peter.Northrop@skillsforcare.org.uk.

Our social work coordinator for this area is Carol Mitchell, Locality Manager
(carol.mitchell@skillsforcare.org.uk).

North West social work forum

This forum is for Principal Social Workers, senior social work leaders from employing organisations and HEI’s representing both adults and child and family services.

The forum meets on a quarterly basis and aims to share good practice and updates on national activity. 

The next North West Social Work Forum will be held on Wednesday 28 September, 13.00 - 15.30 at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club. Follow this link to book.  

Our South West social work education forum meets twice a year and provides an opportunity to discuss issues relating to pre and post qualifying education.

It also supports those who are implementing ASYE in their organisations.

The forum is usually attended by usually attended by a range of social work professionals across child and family and adults social work.

Our social work coordinator for this area is Lindsey Thomas.

For more information and to attend the forum please email lindsey.thomas@skillsforcare.org.uk

 

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