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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 won't take place until safe to do so again. However, where possible webinars will be arranged to give updates and allow presentations from speakers.

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 email 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 2022-23 academic year have been developed by a group of universities in London and South East England.

 

Joint forums

The ASYE best practice forum

The date of the next ASYE best practice forum is Wednesday 28 September, 10:00-12:00. 

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:

  • Wednesday 5 October, 10:00-13:00. This will be a face-to-face meeting at London South Bank University. There will be a networking lunch.

Previous meeting notes:

 

South East forums

Our South East forums are 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.

 

East Midlands social work network

All meetings take place at 14.00-15:30.

The dates for future meetings are:

  • Tuesday 11 October
  • Thursday 16 February 2023

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

Please send any agenda items to angie.bartoli@ntu.ac.uk, chair of the network.

 

West Midlands social work development group  

All meetings take place at 14.00-15:30.

The dates for future meetings are:

  • Monday 31 October
  • Thursday 16 March 2023

Please send any agenda items to Amanda Fitchett ac0159@coventry.ac.uk, chair of the network.

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

 

North East Social Work Network

The North East Social Work Network meets 13:00-15:30 on the dates listed below. The next meeting will be held online.

  • Tuesday 18 October 
  • Tuesday 17 January 2023
  • Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • Tuesday 9 May 2023

 

Yorkshire and Humber Social Work Network

These meetings are held 10:00–12:30 on the dates listed below. The next meeting will be held online.

  • Wednesday 20 July 
  • Wednesday 9 November
  • 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.

 

The date for the next North West Regional Social Work Forum is to be confirmed.

The social work coordinator for the North West is Jez Ashdown. 

Email: jez.ashdown@skillsforcare.org.uk 

 

Dates of future network meetings are to be confirmed.

Our social work coordinator for the South West area is Jill Croskell.

Email: jill.croskell@skillsforcare.org.uk