Social Work Reform
25 Jan 2011
Supporting social workers supporting children. Held at Westminster Studios, London SW1

This National Conference enabled delegates to prepare for policy changes over the coming months. The initial findings of the Munro Review were discussed and experts shared their success stories for reducing costs whilst delivering excellence in children's social services.

Speakers included:

  • Allan Bowman, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • Hilton Dawson, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
  • Ian Curryer, Corporate Director for Children and Families, Nottingham City Council
  • Prof. Corinne May Chahal, Interim Chair, The College of Social Work
  • Marion Brandon, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • Dr Mary Baginsky, Assistant Director, Social Work, CWDC

Programme
10:00
Allan Bowman, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Welcome and introduction from conference chair

10:20
Hilton Dawson, Chief Executive, BASW
Delivering challenge and change: the BASW Social Work Bill

10:40
Dave Hill, Executive Director of Schools, Children and Families, Essex County Council; Interim Board Member, The College of Social Work
How the College of Social Work will take forward the work of the Reform Board and the Munro Review

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:45
Ian Curryer, Corporate Director for Children and Families, Nottingham City Council
Early intervention: matching resources to local needs

12:05
Sherry Malik, Director of Strategy and Social Work Education, General Social Care Council
Regulating social workers: the way forward

12:25
Dr Mary Baginsky, Assistant Director, Social Work, CWDC
Enabling social work reform through local areas

12:45
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Sue Gwaspari, Director Part Time Volunteering, CSV
Volunteers in child protection: a viable addition to the workforce?

14:20
Sue Brook National Programme Manager, Social Work, CWDC
Strategies to aid retention of social workers

14:30
Jayne Ludlam Deputy Executive Director and Director of Children and Families, Sheffield City Council.
Strategies to aid retention of social workers

14:40
Marion Brandon, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia
Transparency and the publication of Serious Case Reviews

15:00
Questions and discussions: Session 3
15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar 1: Reform and workforce issues: adapting to change
Luann Donald, Principal Employment Relations Adviser, Local Government Employers

15:30
Seminar 2: The Step UP to Social Work scheme
Joan Young, Head of Recruitment & Assessment, Penna Resourcing; Una Fisher, National Programme Manager, Social Work, CWDC

15:30
Seminar 3: Partnership working to address neglect
David Derbyshire, Head of Performance Improvement and Consultancy, Action for Children