How should social workers support children and families facing destitution and cuts to their benefits?
Simon Cardy from SWAN West Midlands charts the local impact of poverty and examines the case for using of Section 17 of the Children Act that allows local authorities to make cash payments for children and families in need.
In just under two weeks Isabel and Sarah Counihan Sanchez will be speaking at the SWAN Conference 2013 in the ‘Alternative social care futures: radical social work in practice’ session. Their story is told in this excellent short video which covers their struggle for housing and their institutional abuse by a local authority in the feverish grip of austerity (in this case, the London Borough of Brent). The Counihan Sanchez family’s experiences are just one example of the injustice and brutality being suffered by working people simply wanting a roof over their heads both in London and across the UK. This is true across Europe and internationally too, as house and rent prices have skyrocketed to absurd levels, benefitting private landlords and property speculators at the expense of working people. Where there is injustice, however, there is resistance – a good example is the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) movement in Spain (there is a great feature on this in the latest edition of New Internationalist magazine).
SWAN North East event for World Social Work day: Developing Social Work in Central Asia, 20 March 2013.
Dr Terry Murphy will present on the last 7 years of involvement of Teesside University Social Work department in developing Social Work in Central Asia including the complexities of working with the legacy of Russian and Soviet era colonialism and the interaction of modem social work thinking with the traditional Islamic Mahala system of local social care.
Article taken by permission from Oxford University Press blog. John Harris of Warwick University writes below:
Social workers around the world are being invited to celebrate World Social Work Day on 19th March under the banner “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities”, taken from the Global Agenda (2010). Such a call to arms is sorely needed in the face of the growing influence of neoliberalism on global social work, an influence manifested in marketisation, consumerisation and managerialisation. These dynamic processes and trends represent neoliberalism on the move as it colonises the world. This is not to suggest that the same detailed and identical neoliberal template for social work is emerging in many disparate countries. Rather, these three developments represent an overall direction of travel.
Julia Warrener (@juliawarrener) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (@UoH_HealthandSW). Taken with kind permission from Social Work / Social Care and Media website. Original article can be found here:
The Social Work Action Network (Ireland) strongly condemns the Irish government’s recent decision to stop the crucial Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes. This sudden decision was made on foot of a two year warning the Ombudsman Emily Reilly had given the government. She had advised the government that the schemes as they stood were in breach of equality legislation as they weren’t available to people over 66 years of age.