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.  

The Eastern SWAN met on 15 July to discuss a number of topics and hear from a range of great speakers. 

Ioana Roberts from Social Work England (SWE) provided an update on CPD and shared links for national and regional CPD drop-in sessions and also discussed two Invitations to Tender that SWE are running in relation to Fitness to Practice. CPD Session: National online engagement sessions Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite .  

Tenders:

  • Commission for research into public perceptions and experiences in raising Fitness to Practise concerns - Contracts Finder
  • Commission for research into themes within Fitness to Practise concerns raised by members of the public - Contracts Finder

Rebecca Mulvaney, also from Social Work England, joined the meeting to discuss the reapproval cycle. Social Work England is running some webinars relating to the reapproval cycle and Rebecca shared the contact email should anyone wish to book a place education.qa@socialworkengland.org.uk

The group also discussed Practice Education and students experience and shared the work they are doing to support students during these continuingly challenging times.

Nicola Giles from Skills for Care joined the meeting and provided some feedback from the newly established online forums that Skills for Care is running for NQSWs and NQSW assessors. Nicola also invited the group to share their views about how the feedback could be best reported back to local authorities.

The meeting ended with Dr Jas Sangha and Irine Manu presenting an insightful and thought provoking presentation on Anglia Ruskin University’s anti-racism approach in social work placements and education. Dr Sangha and Irine will be attending the next SWAN meeting where Dr Sangha will share some of the work ARU are doing to address anti-racist practice.

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 us 

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 5 October
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022

2. Yorkshire and Humber Social Work Network

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

  • Wednesday 20 October
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022

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

Dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

Please contact jez.ashdown@skillsforcare.org.uk if you’d like to be added to the forum contact list to ensure you receive details of this and future forum events. 

Dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

Following on from a meeting on 25 September 2019, a second meeting was held on 29 January for employers to consider the apprenticeship route to the social work degree. If you’re an employer and couldn’t attend the meeting but would like to see the notes, please contact Lindsey Thomas Lindsey.Thomas@skillsforcare.org.uk

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