Stand up for social work

21 November 2019

Stand up for social work

Professional development conference

Social work is an extremely rewarding profession but with rising caseloads, an increase in the complexity of cases and the demands of working with other agencies, many social workers are feeling under pressure.

From 2nd December 2019 Social Work England will be the new professional regulator for Social Workers – but what impact will it have in raising the profile of social workers. What impact will it have on social workers? If you want to be prepared for your new regulator then this is a not to be missed conference. Come and hear from keynote speakers about the new rules and how they will affect you, and about opportunities and challenges in the profession today.

Additionally, UNISON Northern Region as part of its Campaign for Social Work, is developing a charter or manifesto for social work. At the conference you can have your say on the content of this manifesto – it is members voices who will make the campaign work and this is your chance to be part of this important campaign.

Attendance at the event will count as evidence of continuous professional development.


There will be keynote presentations:

  • Social Work England the new regulator for Social Workers from 2nd December 2019 Opportunity or Risk? – delivered by Gail Adams, Head of Professional Services, UNISON
  • Challenging opportunities in Social Work today’ – Mike Wren, Senior Lecturer in Social Work within the Education and Social Work Department (School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law) at University of Teesside


Planned workshops include:

  • Professional resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Development opportunities for social workers

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eg Gateshead Council, Barnardos, The James Cook University Hospitals Trust

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