Welcome to the Social Work History Network (SWHN).
SWHN exists to explore the nature and growth of social work in order to inform contemporary policy and practice.
Founded in 2000, it is an informal network of social workers, historians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, and social work policy makers.
The Network meets three or four times a year to discuss papers given by invited speakers.
Meetings are open to all.
More about SWHN | Recent meetings
The next meeting is on 25 May 2017 at the Waterloo Campus of King's College London.
December 2016 The latest issue of the Bulletin of the Social Work History Network was published 19 December 2016.
November 2016 In Need Implementation Group (2016 reprint of 1991 pamphlet, with a new foreword by Terry Bamford and introduction by Jane Tunstill) 'The Children Act and children's needs: make it the answer not the problem', London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Policy Institute at King's College London.
November 2016 Changes on the website: these pages now host documents from the archive of the SWHN. The past meetings pages (now split into decades) have also been augmented from this archive.
October 2016 We have uploaded notes by Prof Jill Manthorpe, which she made at the Children Act 1989 event. There is now a link on the same page to an audio recording of the event.
July 2016 Professional Social Work (July/August 2016) reports on Children Act evening.
July 2016 The Child Poverty Action Group 1965 to 2015 by Pat Thane and Ruth Davidson was launched this month. Both authors contributed at the SWHN event on CPAG and social work on 24 September 2015.
June 2016 The latest issue of the Bulletin of the Social Work History Network was published 6 June 2016.
May 2016 Advance notice — SWHN member Viv Cree is putting together a resource on the story of social work education in the UK (the current website starts with social work education at Edinburgh University, which began in 1918). SWHN hopes to take part in an event on the topic in spring 2018 in Edinburgh, prior to the European Social Work Research Association conference.
The Social Work History Network is supported by The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), The Open University, the University of Chester, and the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London.