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

 

 

The next Eastern Social Work Area Network meeting on 6 June is fast approaching. Topics for the meeting include an update on social work apprenticeships and an update on teaching partnerships in the region.

All meetings are 13.00-16.00 at Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9NL.

The dates for future meetings are:

  • Thursday 17 October.

If you would like further information about this meeting 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 26 September 2019
  • Thursday 19 December 2019.

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 6 November 2019 – Skills for Care, Lynton House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9LT.
  • 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.

 

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

1. East Midlands social work network

Forthcoming meetings:

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

  • Wednesday 16 October 2019

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. 

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: 

All meetings will take place 10.00–13.00 and are held att BASW office, 37 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP.

  • Thursday 7 November 2019

Please email any agenda items to renny.wodynska@skillsforcare.org.uk

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

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 1 October 2019 – University of Northumbria
  • 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 18 September 2019
  • 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.

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:

  • Wednesday 18 September 2019 (provisional)
  • Wednesday 4 December 2019 (provisional).

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

For the meetings provisionally planned for June, September and December 2019, 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

Dates of future meetings are to be confirmed.

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