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

Jan 27 Managerialism & Relationship-Based Practice: Can the relationships we build ‘humanise’ managerialism?

UCS Ipswich, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr Trevithick runs workshops and lectures in the UK and abroad on a range of subjects relating to the knowledge and skills base of social work and the importance of defences, emotions and ‘use of self’ in relationship- based practice, as well as the impact of managerialism on social work. Pamela is a feminist and actively campaigns against inequality and the privatisation of public services. Read more

Apr 30 Reason and Emotion in Social Work Practice

Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are significant personal and professional challenges for social workers in managing both reason and emotion in the exercise of their professional judgement. Reflection on the role of both reason and emotion, in the context of relationship-based practice, is necessary in order to achieve the best outcomes for service users. At this conference, keynote speakers will explore these issues from different perspectives. The afternoon workshops, lead by the keynote speakers and others, will give practitioners the opportunity for further discussion and to consider applications to their own practice. Read more

From the blog

News Consultation Response to Department for Education Proposals: Powers to delegate children's social care functions.

Posted May 30

These proposals are published without reference to any research or evaluation that provides evidence to justify them. In particular, while not specified, the new ‘freedoms’ proposed appear to include the delegation of statutory child protection responsibilities, and the Centre for Social Work Practice Trustees and Operational Management Group views this with grave concern.

Recent publications

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