This year’s Social Work Week falls on 18 – 22 March and is a time to celebrate the work we do in social care to support children, young people, families and vulnerable adults in Knowsley.

One of the highlights of the week is World Social Work Day on 19 March. The theme for this year is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, which emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches.

To mark the day and recognize the great work of our social work teams, staff are invited to a World Social Work Day ‘Cake and Catch-up’ between 2pm – 4pm, Ground Floor, Nutgrove Villa. Tea and coffee are provided but bring your own cup!

In addition, from Tuesday morning, a selection of cakes and treats, as well as goody bags will be available to collect from the Computer Centre for all staff working in Adult Social Care. Please contact Nikki Hart to arrange collection and staff/managers working in satellite sites, please arrange to collect or bring cakes across to those sites.

What’s on

During the week Social Work England has organised a programme of events for all registered and non-registered staff to attend.

Our Workforce Development Team organise an ongoing programme of professional support which includes an online session on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People on 28 March from 10am – 4pm. This can be accessed on the HCM system.

Social Work England events

Social Work England (SWE) have 21 free sessions for registered and non-registered staff to attend. Simply sign up to the sessions here.

Monday, 18 March:

  • Envisioning the future of social work in England
  • Shared Lives: helping people with support needs make the transition from children to adult care
  • Let’s talk children’s social care reform and the Early Career Framework What’s next for adult mental health social work and adult social care in 2024?
  • Social work supervision: ensuring best practice through embedding our standards and values.

Tuesday, 19 March

  • Exploring the international context for mending gaps in social work education and practice.

Wednesday, 20 March

  • Leadership in social work: building on strengths. Promoting diversity and cultural sensitivity in social work.
  • Systems regulation versus individual professional regulation: what does this mean for me?
  • “Who am I? That’s the great puzzle.” – What is social work in child and adolescent mental health?
  • What’s your theory for change? How practice models are supporting better social work with children and families in 2024.

Thursday, 21 March

  • The voice of lived experience in social work practice.
  • Why and how pets matter: bringing animals into our social work space.
  • How professional regulations contributes to a strong sense of professional identify for social work to attract, train and retain workforce.
  • Learning from fitness to practise in England through case studies Social work workforce – the story as we see it: research findings 2023.

Friday, 22 March

  • Making the invisible, visible – improving the approach to equality, diversity in safeguarding reviews for adults and children.
  • Kinship care: hidden heroes (bitesize session)
  • Practice education in England: a national scoping review.  Seeing beyond disability: a co-produced teaching session exploring the social and medical model of disability in anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Closing session: exploring the value of data in social work.

As well as the Social Work England sessions, there are over 40 free independent courses that social workers can also access. Find out more and register here.

Research in Practice

Research In Practice will be providing a number of resources and events throughout Social Work Week. All staff have full access to the site. Places for each session are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the links to register.

18 March: Understanding and supporting the identities of minoritised children in care

22 March: A brighter social care future: Co-producing the evidence to make five key changes

27 March: How to use Research In Practice

27 March: Using intersectionality to increase equity in adult social care

28 March: Peer support – sustaining a learning culture