Social [and Youth] Work in a ‘Cold Climate’ : Fighting for Good Practice in Times of Austerity!

Campaigns – Events and conferences

We’ve received the following notice from Anne Marron, a member of the IDYW Steering Group, who is involved in the organisation of the 9th Annual SWAN conference in Durham. As you can see there is a significant input re youth and community work.

Social Work Action Network Conference (SWAN)

Social Work in a ‘Cold Climate’ : Fighting for Good Practice in Times of Austerity!

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April.  Calman Learning Centre, Science Site, Durham University


Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends,

Please circulate to your colleagues, networks and newsletters and others who might be interested.

We are delighted that the SWAN Conference will be hosted by Durham University this year – organised by staff and students in social work and community and youth work. In the context of savage cuts in public sector funding, ever increasing managerialism and stigmatisation of service users, this conference will provide an important opportunity to debate ways of developing networks of resistance necessary to defend, social justice-based social work, youth work, community work and oppose the politics of austerity. We are also delighted that the SWAN conference is being held in the north east of England; an area being severely and disproportionately affected by the withdrawal of central government funding for public services and imposed austerity measures.

There will be an In Defence of Youth Work  strand and we wish to encourage community and youth work participation and ensure that a wide range of people and perspectives from our differing and distinct professions, campaigns and actions for social justice are represented.

This promises to be a timely, exciting and challenging 2 day conference – attracting activists, practitioners, service users, students and academics from the north east, across the UK and beyond. There will be opportunities for discussion, debate, workshops focussed on current issues, grass roots activism and campaigns as well as a marketplace with radical books and information stalls. A conference dinner will be held on Friday evening where you can enjoy friendly banter and locally sourced entertainment.

 The plenary sessions are:

Building Critical Alliances: Mending the Gap in Social Work

Fighting for good practice in times of austerity

History and future challenges

Workshops will include:

In Defence of Youth Work : Troublesome Youth? Troubled Services?

Anti-Cuts Activism -The Utter Legend young people taking a lead in defending their youth service

For more information see this pdf  – SWAN Flyer 2014

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