Social work leadership: new decade, new agenda

The Studio 7 Cannon Street Birmingham B2 5EP
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences, Students
Tuesday 17th March 2020 (16:00-18:00)
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As we start the 2020s adult and children’s social work faces familiar challenges – increasing levels of poverty and inequalities, unprecedented demands on services, and concerns about recruitment and retention within social work and the wider social care sector.

Yet the profession also begins the decade with optimism through the adoption of strengths based and community orientated approaches that could radically alter how children, families, adults and communities are supported into the future.

This world social work day event, organised by the University of Birmingham in partnership with the West Midlands Teaching Partnership, will consider what leadership is required to successfully rise to the challenges of this new decade and ensure that the benefits of such new collaborative practice approaches and frameworks are realised. 

The event will include presentations from Isabelle Trowler (Chief Social Worker for Children and Families), Fran Leddra (Chief Social Worker for Adults) and Ruth Allen (Chief Executive of BASW). A panel discussion on the issues raised will round off the day. In addition to speakers, this will include Dr Jason Schaub from the University of Birmingham and Lee Pardy-Mclaughlin from the Coventry City Council / WM Teaching Partnership.