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Call for contributors as Social Work Week returns for 2022

After the overwhelming success of the first Social Work Week, social workers, organisations and members of the public are invited to design and run their own sessions at the second event in March.

Call for contributors as Social Work Week returns for 2022

1/7/2022 4:25:02 PM

Anybody with an interest in social work is invited to take part in the sector’s biggest annual event. After the overwhelming success of the first Social Work Week in March 2021, specialist regulator Social Work England is encouraging social workers, organisations and members of the public to design and run their own independent sessions. These will complement a main programme of events being curated by the regulator. Independent events should be submitted to Social Work England by 5pm on Monday 24 January for consideration in the programme.

Social Work Week 2022 will take place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 March, building on the popularity of Social Work Week 2021, which filled over 10,500 virtual seats at 73 different events. The aim is to bring together virtual and live activities around the country, including thought provoking speakers, workshops, debate, discussion and reflections. It will involve people of all ages with lived experience of social work to professionals, education providers and organisations.

Sarah Blackmore, executive director of strategy, policy and engagement at Social Work England, said:

“The theme for Social Work Week 2022 is ‘Social Work and Me’. We hope the week will allow people to share and benefit from the different personal perspectives of social work we get when we collaborate, from lived and learned experience, from our partners and networks, and from regulation. This is a chance for people to come together who share our goals of public protection, enabling positive change and improving people’s lives.
“It was co-production which made last year’s Social Work Week so successful, so please get involved and submit your events and activities on our website. This is your opportunity to stimulate national debates about raising standards in social work, promoting professional identity and building confidence in the profession.”

Jillian Brannan, a member of the National Advisory Forum that provides expert advice, support and challenge to Social Work England, said:

“Co-producing Social Work Week was incredibly exciting, and there was enormous energy and enthusiasm throughout the project. The opportunity to work with a range of people within and outside Social Work England was something I very much valued.”

Social Work Week 2022 has intentionally been scheduled to complement the annual World Social Work Day which takes place on 15 March 2022 and recognises the hard work and dedication of social workers on an international stage.

The key themes for Social Work Week 2022 are:

  1. What social work means to me: views from lived and learned experience, keeping the professional standards at the core
  2. Reflections on the last year and what’s next for social work: looking back at social work in England during 2021
  3. Celebrating World Social Work Day 2022 and its theme of ´Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind.’

Social Work England is looking for people and organisations to run their own virtual or face-to-face events and activities as part of Social Work Week 2022. Submissions for inclusion on the programme, must be made using the online form by 5pm on Monday 24 January. You will be contacted before the end of January with the outcome.

You will need to provide the following key information on your form:

  • Your event title and a brief description of your event
  • The date, time, and format (online or face to face) of your event
  • Information about how people can book onto or join your event or find out more information about your event
  • The intended audience of your event
  • Which Social Work Week 2022 theme your event fits with.

Events that meet the following criteria will be considered for the programme:

  • Consistent with the overall objectives of Social Work Week
  • Relevant to at least one of the three key themes of Social Work Week
  • Accessible and inclusive.

If you have a question about the submission process, please email Social Work England at [email protected]

People interested in attending Social Work Week 2022 can also sign up to a dedicated newsletter to hear first about when the programme and tickets will be released.


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