Social work in your area

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as per government guidance, planned face to face meetings will not take place until safe to do so again. However, where possible webinars will be arranged to give updates and allow presentations from speakers.  

Social work leads from across the Eastern region have been meeting recently to discuss ASYE moderation at a regional level and also to share the work they have been doing in relation to the support and CPD offered for year two post-qualification for social workers. There is ongoing discussion around year two and there is a strong theme emerging around the importance of peer support for social workers during this stage of their career. There will be more to come on this in the future.

Future SWAN meeting dates and arrangements:

  • to be confirmed

If you wish to join the SWAN or become part of the QAPL (Quality Assurance in Practice Learning) forum, please contact Lee Mummery at lee.mummery@skillsforcare.org.uk

Our social work coordinator for London and the South East Area is Selena Docherty. If you have any questions or would like further information about things happening in your area please contact Selena via londonsocialwork@skillsforcare.org.uk.  

To attend the ASYE best practice forum or the Pan London social work education network (SWEN) you need to be on the forum mailing list. To request to be added to this list please email londonsocialwork@skillsforcare.org.uk giving your name, organisation and role.

Key resources:

  • Practice learning documentation - These documents for the 2021-22 academic year have been developed by a group of universities in London and South East England.

Joint forums

The ASYE best practice forum

The ASYE best practice forum is currently meeting via webinar. 

Please see the forum notes from the last few meetings we ran:

If you’d like to added to the invite list for the next forum, please email londonsocialwork@skillsforcare.org.uk 

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)

Forthcoming meetings:

  • We will update you on plans for the next forum in future social work briefings and on this webpage.

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. Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth (SHIP) social work education group 
  2. Sussex and Surrey social work education group
  3. Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire social work education group.

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

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

1. East Midlands social work network

Forthcoming meetings:

  • dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

If you have any questions, please email lucy.mcdonald@skillsforcare.org.uk 

Please send any agenda items to Ian Mathews, chair of the network.

2. West Midlands social work development group  

Forthcoming meetings: 

  • dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

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 dates for each meeting. The next meeting will be held online.

  • Tuesday 11 January 2022
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022
  • Tuesday 17 January 2023
  • Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • Tuesday 9 May 2023

2. Yorkshire and Humber Social Work Network

These meetings are held 10.00–12.30. The next meeting will be held online.

  • Wednesday 12 January 2022
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022
  • Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • Wednesday 20 July 2022
  • Wednesday 26 October 2022
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023
  • Wednesday 29 March 2023
  • Wednesday 10 May 2023

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

Save the date for the next North West Regional Social Work Forum which will be on Tuesday 18 January, 13:00-15:00. The agenda will include an update from BASW on ‘Homes not Hospitals’ and opportunities for shared learning and networking. 

This forum is for anyone with an interest in developing social work learning and practice. Due to uncertainty about the COVID-19 situation, the current plan is for the forum to continue to meet virtually. Further details of the agenda will be available soon. 

If you’ve not previously attended a forum meeting please contact jez.ashdown@skillsforcare.org.uk to make sure you receive joining instructions.   

Dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

Our social work coordinator for the South West area is Lindsey Thomas Lindsey.Thomas@skillsforcare.org.uk

Please note that from 10 December, the social work coordinator for the South West will be Jill Croskell jill.croskell@skillsforcare.org.uk