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Friday, 17 January 2014

Why Michael Gove is wrong — Social Work Action Network pamphlet launch with Peter Beresford, 4th Feb

From our friends in Social Work Action Network London

On Friday, 17 January 2014, 8:20, Swan London wrote:
Dear SWAN London list members

Pamphlet launch at 18:30 on 4th February at London South Bank University

SWAN is about to launch the pamphlet, 'In Defence of Social Work: Why Michael Gove is wrong'. This publication was put together as a sharp and swift response to Tory ConDem cabinet member and Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attack on social work. On the 12 November 2013, Gove repeated some familiar right-wing themes in his ‘considerations’ on social work. In particular Gove attacked social work education and practitioners who hold a strong social justice analysis and motivation at the centre of their work. 

Peter Beresford OBE, who contributed the chapter 'Frontline and social work education' will be speaking and holding a short discussion session as part of the launch. Peter is Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University, a long term mental health service user and Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the disabled people’s and service users’ organisation and network. Twitter: @beresfordpeter

Copies of the pamphlet will of course be available to buy at the launch event. The cover price of the pamphlet is £3, but we will be selling it at the discounted rate of £2. We can offer further discount to bulk purchases from trade union branches and universities. 

The meeting will be from 18:30-20:30 on Tuesday 4th February. This will be held at London South Bank University (Elephant & Castle), Lecture Theatre A, in the Keyworth Building Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG. Nearest tube is Elephant & Castle, exit from the Bakerloo Line exit (following signs to South Bank University). 

The pamphlet can be ordered by going to 

This will be a great event to bring along colleagues and friends who are not familiar with SWAN and our work. 

NB: RSVP BY EMAIL TO THIS ADDRESS. This helps us plan numbers for the event. 

See you in February


SWAN London

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