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Knowledge for Practice: Changing Ideas and Influences on Children and Family Social Work since the 1970s - 26 October 2022

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At this event

Some twenty-five people attended this event in person at King's College London, with a further fifty joining us online.

Please note that this event has passed.


This is a hybrid event, which runs from 11.50am-2.50pm (London) on Wednesday, 26 October 2022. See online / in-person booking details below.

Talks at this meeting

  • ‘Fads and fancies’ in the social work curriculum – Karen Lyons
  • From welfare rights to poverty awarenessGeoff Fimister
  • Perspectives on child development and the relationship between parents and adult childrenMyrna Gower
  • How social work law grew and grew and grewRobert Johns
  • The meeting will conclude with a discussion chaired by David N Jones (SWHN Chair)

With additional contributions from Jane Tunstill, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London and June Thoburn, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia.

Speakers at this meeting

Dr. Karen Lyons led a range of social work courses at the University of East London (1978-2000) after 12 years in school social work practice, research and management. She has been active in national and international associations concerned with social work education, including most recently as Emeritus Professor (International Social Work) at London Metropolitan University. Her numerous publications reflect her varied experience in practice, teaching and research.

Geoff Fimister has a long history of involvement in the anti-poverty and social security field: he set up one of the first Welfare Rights Services (Newcastle, 1974) and was a founder member of what is now the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers. He is currently a consultant, writer and researcher, Co-Chair of the Disability Benefits Consortium and a member of the Policy Committee of the Child Poverty Action Group

Dr Myrna Gower trained as a social worker in South Africa and is a family and systemic psychotherapist. She has many years of continuing experience in clinical practice, social work teaching and consultancy. She has a long teaching association with the Tavistock Clinic and Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic, St Georges Hospital. She is an Associate Lecturer at Royal Holloway College (University of London) where she teaches post graduate social work students and is an Honorary Research Fellow.

Dr Robert Johns is an external examiner, lecturer and author of books on social work law. He taught at the Open University, De Montfort University and the University of East London. Previously, as a social worker and manager, he worked in local authorities in a number of different specialisms, but came to specialise in court work as a children’s guardian in Hertfordshire. He has also lectured in Finland, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.

This is a Social Work History Network event.

To book

Booking (essential) is now open for this hybrid event, which runs from 11.50am-2.50pm (London) on Wednesday, 26 October 2022. Please click on the appropriate link below to book to attend, either in-person or online.

Book to attend IN-PERSON: Virginia Woolf Building, King's College London, 22 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6LE. Names will be held by Security at the entrance of the building. Find the Virginia Woolf Building

Book to attend ONLINE: The meeting will be on MS Teams.


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