What is the Birmingham Social Work Academy?

City centreThe Birmingham Social Work Academy (BSWA) is a nationally groundbreaking partnership between Birmingham City Council's Children, Young People and Families Directorate and the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. It is designed to radically change and improve the learning and development opportunities for students, for new entrants into the social work profession and for experienced social work practitioners and managers.

The BSWA marks the first of a suite of initiatives to strengthen the relationship between the University of Birmingham and employers in the West Midlands to embed a learning culture in social work agencies and sustained and committed professional and civic engagement by the University research and teaching community.

Such relationships between organisations and Universities are crucial as the social work profession deals with increasingly complex and specialist work and to providing the conditions for a growing professional identity and confidence.