Centre for Social Work Practice

Promoting relationship-based practice within social work.

We are committed to ensuring that reflective practice, with its focus on relationships, takes its rightful place not only in social work practice, but also in professional development and in the curriculum at all levels of qualifying and post-qualifying training.

Upcoming events

Oct 22 The Care Act 2014: the role of relationships and reflections on experience in a local authority

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA (SEMINAR ROOM 3)

Speaker Ms Bronwen Williams. The Care Act 2014 has put the principles which underlay personalisation, self-directed support, and individual budgets, onto a legal footing. It also gives carers extended rights. A mass of guidance has been made available to help staff in Local Authorities (and other organisations), and people in the community, to make the best sense and use of it. Read more

Past events

Oct 07 2015 Turning a blind eye: Social work, David Cameron and wilful neglect. Where do we go from here?

Sir James Matthew Building, Conference Centre, Itchen Lecture Theatre, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN

The recent Conservative government threats towards social workers' liberty in the face of 'wilfully neglectful' actions is the latest form of attack on our profession. Such experiences are dispiriting and disempowering. Presenter: Dr. Gillian Ruch, Professor of Social Work and Social Care University of Sussex. Read more

Sep 28 2015 Professor Andrew Cooper In our times: the meaning of modern relationship based practice

Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre (Room 101) Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford Campus, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

Speaker Professor Andrew Cooper. What connects the social called ‘Calais crisis’, the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid, the closure of TCSW, a sudden drop in numbers of children placed for adoption, and the future of social work? Our society is changing rapidly, and we need a new understanding of what it means to be a social worker, and of the importance of relationship based practice. Read more

From the blog

Recent publications

Paper A Report from the Centre for Social Work Practice on Reflective Practice Group Models in Social Work

CfSWP | 2015

One of CfSWP’s key commitments is to the development of reflective practice in the profession. To further this end CfSWP commissioned what appears to be the first review of reflective practice group models in the UK. We hope this will be of interest to colleagues in both Social Work and Social Care. We welcome approaches from others who are interested in developing their or their organisations practice in this area. Read more

With thanks to our patrons: Professor Eileen Munro, and The Earl of Listowel. Read more