Social Workers Action Network

A network within the PSA that aims to unify, inspire, inform, and advocate for social workers.

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What is SWAN?

The Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) is a network within the PSA that aims to unify, inspire, inform, and advocate for social workers.

SWAN provides a forum for social work members to come together and organise around the issues facing our community, and ensure that the unique needs of social workers are identified and responded to. SWAN seeks to advocate for the social work community and develop a sense of cohesion, unity and strength amongst social workers.

SWAN Conference, September 2016

The Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) conference was in Auckland in September 2016, with the theme Social Work Identity in a Neoliberal Social, Political and Economic Environment.

Some of the presentations from the conference are available below:

Cultural vs Social Work Identity in 'Whatever' Environment
Robyn Corrigan, Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association.

Social Justice Social Work: A Multi-Country Report on Our Shared Struggle for Fairness and Dignity
Professor Donna Baines, Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney

Neoliberalism and social work (truth, lies and power)
Ian Hyslop

Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice
Edited by Donna Baines


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News from the PSA. SWAN conference 2016

SWAN conference 2016

In September, social workers from around New Zealand came together in Auckland for the Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) conference.

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