Celebrating Social Work

15th March 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Edge
University Of Bath
Claverton Down Rd, Bath BA2 7AY
Ms Megan Robb, Department of Social & Policy Sciences,
+44 (0)1225 385851

Social work is a profession that is committed to social justice. It seeks to promote the economic, political and social rights of often the most marginalised and disadvantaged people. In communities across the globe, it is social work practitioners who are safeguarding the vulnerable and providing opportunities for people to fulfil their potential. However, there are challenges to this most vital of professions as it is operating against a backdrop of growing inequality, widening social divisions and declining welfare provision.

In the build up to World Social Work day, this evening seminar will bring together a panel of eminent speakers from within the field of social work to discuss these contemporary issues affecting the profession. The seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities for social work, across policy, practice and research.

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Professor Anna Scheyett, Dean of Social Work at the University of Georgia who will present the future prospects for social work from a US context, drawing on her expertise on criminal justice and mental health.
  • Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Work who will speak about the profession from a UK perspective.
  • Professor Ian Shaw, founder of the European Social Work Research Association, addressing the future issues for social work research.

Target Audience

The event is open to students, academics, practitioners, and service user groups. Please register your attendance in advance.

The seminar will take place from 5:00 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception at 7:00 pm. Please indicate when booking whether you will attend the reception, and let us know of any dietary requirements you may have.