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

 

Social work networks

All meetings are 13.00-16.00, with registration and refreshments from 12.45, at Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9NL.

The dates for future meetings are:

  • Monday 20 January 2020.

If you would like further information about the meetings or would like to become involved, please contact Lee.Mummery@skillsforcare.org.uk

Our social work coordinator for London is Ali Rusbridge and for the South East area is Rachel Reid.

For more information about any of the London and South East forums please email 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:

Joint forums

The ASYE best practice forum

The ASYE best practice forum meets 10.00-13.00 at the Skills for Care London office followed by a networking bring your own lunch. At 13.30-15.00 there is a session for child and family leads.

Forthcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 19 December 2019 - this will not be the same format as the usual best practice forums as it is a regional ASYE event run by the national Regulated Professional Workforce team. Further details are below. Please note that this is not being held in the London office.

Dates for forums in 2020:

  • Wednesday 1 April
  • Thursday 18 June.

ASYE workshops

We're holding an ASYE workshop at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury on Thursday 19 December, 10:00-16:00. It's aimed at those who have responsibility for the ASYE and quality assurance, including PSWs and ASYE leads. The focus in the morning session will be on adult services and in the afternoon it will be on child and family services. Delegates are invited to attend either or both workshops and there is a networking lunch in between.

Find out more and book.

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 usually 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 18 March 2020 – Skills for Care, Lynton House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9LT.

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.

 

Social work networks

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:

  • Monday 20 January - Share and learn: Midlands-wide meeting     

This is a second opportunity for colleagues involved in social work development in both East and West Midlands to meet up to discuss changes, challenges and best practice in the sector. This day-long event will take place at the LOROS Professional Development Centre, near Leicester. Presentations will include working with the new regulatory body Social Work England, digital social work, BASW, and we want to hear about your ‘show and tell’ good practice and innovation examples, such as what’s working well in your area.

Please book onto the event by clicking on this link.

If you’d be willing to deliver a short showcase on local work please email lucy.mcdonald@skillsforcare.org.uk. Please note that places are limited but we’ll try to share resources from the day with all who express an interest.

The following meetings will take place 13.30–15.30 and are held at Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG.

  • Tuesday 12 May 2020
  • Wednesday 14 October 2020.

For security and administration purposes, we will be asking you to confirm attendance and the organisation that you work for, at least 2 weeks before the meeting. To confirm attendance please email either lucy.mcdonald@skillsforcare.org.uk or richard.brown@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

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

Presentation from the joint East and West Midlands social work event

If you are interested in downloading the presentation that was given at the joint social work event that was held in July 2018, you can do so via this link.

2. West Midlands social work development group  

Forthcoming meetings: 

  • Monday 20 January - Share and learn: Midlands-wide meeting     

This is a second opportunity for colleagues involved in social work development in both East and West Midlands to meet up to discuss changes, challenges and best practice in the sector. This day-long event will take place at the LOROS Professional Development Centre, near Leicester. Presentations will include working with the new regulatory body Social Work England, digital social work, BASW, and we want to hear about your ‘show and tell’ good practice and innovation examples, such as what’s working well in your area.

Please book onto the event by clicking on this link.

If you’d be willing to deliver a short showcase on local work please email lucy.mcdonald@skillsforcare.org.uk. Please note that places are limited but we’ll try to share resources from the day with all who express an interest.

Presentation from the joint East and West Midlands social work event

If you are interested in downloading the presentation that was given at the joint social work event that was held in July 2018, you can do so via this link.

Key resources

ASYE workshops

We're holding an ASYE workshop at the Crowne Plaza in Leeds on Wednesday 20 November, 10:00-16:00. It's aimed at those who have responsibility for the ASYE and quality assurance, including PSWs and ASYE leads. The focus in the morning session will be on adult services and in the afternoon it will be on child and family services. Delegates are invited to attend either or both workshops and there is a networking lunch in between.

People from Social Work England will also be there and their presentation will be just after lunch so it would be great if you could either stay a little longer if you are part of the morning session or arrive a little earlier if you’re part of the afternoon session. This is your opportunity to find out what the change means for you and the people you support, and learn about how Social Work England is collaborating with social workers to get things right from the start.

Find out more and book.

Social work networks

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 and locations for each meeting.

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 – Civic Centre Gateshead
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020 – Durham County Hall

2. Yorkshire and Humber Social Work Network

These meetings are held in Skills for Care office at West Gate, 6 Grace Street, Leeds, LS1 2RP at 10.00–12.30.

  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020

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

ASYE workshops

We're holding an ASYE workshop at the Hallmark Hotel Leyland in Preston on Tuesday 10 December, 10:00-16:00. It's aimed at those who have responsibility for the ASYE and quality assurance, including PSWs and ASYE leads. The focus in the morning session will be on adult services and in the afternoon it will be on child and family services. Delegates are invited to attend either or both workshops and there is a networking lunch in between.

People from Social Work England will also be there and their presentation will be just after lunch so it would be great if you could either stay a little longer if you are part of the morning session or arrive a little earlier if you’re part of the afternoon session. This is your opportunity to find out what the change means for you and the people you support, and learn about how Social Work England is collaborating with social workers to get things right from the start.

Find out more and book.

Our social work coordinator for this area is Jeremy Ashdown, Locality Manager Jeremy.Ashdown@skillsforcare.org.uk

North West social work forum

All meetings are 13.00-15.30 at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP.

The dates for the North West Social Work Partnerships meetings are as follows:

  • the date for the next meeting is to be confirmed.

Please email CorporateResources@skillsforcare.org.uk to confirm your attendance. 

Jez would like to hear from anyone who would like to support him in planning the content and agenda(s). The commitment would be limited with contact via telephone and email. Jez would welcome any suggestions for content of the summer meeting so that we can start to identify themes, speakers and content which reflect issues which are important to members of the North West network. If you are interested, please email jeremy.ashdown@skillsforcare.org.uk

ASYE workshops

We're holding an ASYE workshop at the Holiday Inn in Taunton on Monday 25 November, 10:00-16:00. It's aimed at those who have responsibility for the ASYE and quality assurance, including PSWs and ASYE leads. The focus in the morning session will be on adult services and in the afternoon it will be on child and family services. Delegates are invited to attend either or both workshops and there is a networking lunch in between.

People from Social Work England will also be there and their presentation will be just after lunch so it would be great if you could either stay a little longer if you are part of the morning session or arrive a little earlier if you’re part of the afternoon session. This is your opportunity to find out what the change means for you and the people you support, and learn about how Social Work England is collaborating with social workers to get things right from the start.

Find out more and book.

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