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First look at the Social Work Week 2022 main programme

Social Work Week 2022 is now just 4 weeks away. Sign up to be the first to hear about tickets.

First look at the Social Work Week 2022 main programme

2/14/2022 9:00:00 AM

Social Work Week 2022 is now just 4 weeks away. This will be the second Social Work Week, with the event taking place from 14 to 18 March 2022 and complementing World Social Work Day on Tuesday 15 March, which recognises the dedication of social workers on an international stage.

This year’s Social Work Week includes a main programme of events curated by us, Social Work England, and features an exclusive mix of renowned speakers, panel discussions and workshops. Several organisations and individuals with an interest in social work will also be running their own independent events and activities. Details of these will also be shared on our website.

Tickets will be made available within the next week, but we’re delighted to share a first look at the main programme below. Further information including presenters and registration links will be shared on the dedicated Social Work Week section of our website soon.

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Social Work Week 2022 - main programme

Monday 14 March

10am to 11am: Social Work Week 2022 opening session - Co-production: it’s everybody’s business

If you’re interested in co-production and would like to find out about how you can benefit from co-production, then this session is for you.

12pm to 1pm: Social work in England – the past year

Join social work leaders as they reflect on the key issues of 2021, Social Work England’s second year and the continued impact of COVID-19 both on social workers and the people they support.

1.30pm to 2.30pm: Social work regulation and professional identity

Join the leaders of Britain’s 4 social work regulators as they discuss their experiences of social work regulation and professional identity and how they can work together to influence policy.

3pm to 4pm: Specialist social work practice in mental health, mental capacity and the NHS

A discussion about specialist social work practice in mental health, mental capacity and the NHS.

5.30pm to 6.30pm: Continuing professional development (CPD) and social work practice: how does CPD lead to better social work?

An interactive session with Sheffield Children in Care Council about what they think makes a good social worker. Reflect on the impact of CPD on people with lived experience of social work and why the CPD requirements have changed.

Tuesday 15 March

World Social Work Day

Wednesday 16 March

10am to 11.30am: Exploring 'professional curiosity' to support social care practice

This interactive workshop will describe what professional curiosity is and provide an overview of the evidence to explore why it is important in social care practice.

2pm to 3pm: The neurodiverse practitioner: an atypical experience of social work

Join a group of social workers as they talk about what it's like to be neurodiverse, the challenges and barriers they face, and what this really means when working as a social worker.

Thursday 17 March

10am to 11.30am: Monotone social work? Connecting practice, policy and creativity

Experience ground-breaking work which embeds art, culture and creative confidence in social services, with powerful, positive outcomes for the people who use them.

12.30pm to 1.30pm: Human rights based practice in social work

A co-produced session with the British Association of Social Workers looking at the key role that social workers play in upholding and safeguarding human rights.

6.30pm to 7.30pm: Social Workers Without Borders

This session will introduce the work of Social Workers Without Borders and the place that social work plays in ensuring that no one is left behind.

Friday 18 March

10am to 11.30am: Anti-racist social workers – activism and change

A panel session with speakers who co-authored ‘The Anti-Racist Social Worker’ talking about their personal experiences of activism and challenge to racism within their roles. After the panel, members of The Anti-Racist Steering Group including representatives from the Principal Social Workers’ Network for Adults and Children and Families, Social Work England, and What Works for Children’s Social Care will provide findings from the anti-racism survey launched in June 2021 and engagement events from January 2022 which will form the basis of a sector wide action plan.

2pm to 3pm: The hope inside the box: making meaning from bereavement, loss and change within social work education and practice

This session will share findings and reflections from work carried out within health, social work and social care since the first national lockdown in March 2020.

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