Past events

In this area, we provide you with past events across the partnership and event recordings

Anti Racism in Social Work Practice, July’21

Speaker: Wayne Reid, Professional Officer, Social Worker and Anti-racism Visionary for BASW England.
Event Summary: Overview of the session:
Wayne Reid’s Social Work background.
The British Association of Social Workers.
George Floyd’s murder.
What is ‘Black Lives Matter’ and why is it relevant to Social Work?
Organisational responses to anti-racism.
Implementing anti-racism in Social Work.

Anti Racism in Social Work Practice, June’21

Speaker: Dr Prospera Tedam, SFHEA. Assistant Professor in Social Work, United Arab Emirates University.
Event Summary: The aim of this training is not to convince people that racism exists; it is education designed to develop and enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in social workers to recognise and take steps individually and collectively to challenge racism and other inequalities in organisations, and in their work with people from a range of backgrounds. During the session, participants will be supported to make links between the content and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), Knowledge and Skills Statement relevant to their specialist area (KSS) and Social Work Education (SWE) Standards.
4D2P is a new framework introduced in Dr Prospera Tedam’s book on Anti-Oppressive Practice (Tedam, 2020). This framework is unique in that it offers practitioners the opportunity to not only identify where racism has occurred but also examine how they might disrupt racism through action of some form.

Anti Racism in Social Work Practice, April’21

Speaker:Liz Howard, Professional Officer with BASW and Qualified and Registered Social Worker.
Event Summary:The Black Lives Matter movement has exposed the horrendous injustice, discrimination and oppression faced by black and minority ethnic people on a daily basis around the globe. As a society, we fall dreadfully short of the mark when it comes to ensuring equality – and unfortunately, social work is not exempt. A real commitment to anti-racism within social work is a constant, ongoing process and so this presentation is designed only as a brief overview.

Safeguarding and Carers, March ’21

Speaker:Greg Ryan, Senior Social Work lecturer at London Metropolitan University
Event Summary:Carer harm occurs when carers experience violence or become subject to controlling or coercive behaviour, either on an incidental or systematic basis, from the person for whom they care. Many Social Workers will encounter examples of carer harm in the course of their practice, but this can at times be a difficult and sensitive issue to name and address with those concerned in the context of Social Care provision.
This session will examine the concept of carer harm and the contexts in which it occurs. We will consider the connections of carer harm to Adult Safeguarding practice. Interactive activities will provide practitioners with opportunities to explore ethical and practice issues and strategies to intervene to address carer harm.

Using Objects in Social Work, March ’21

Speaker:Professor Mark Doel PhD, MA (Oxon), CQSW
Event Summary:To date, over 160 people from 26 countries around the globe have donated to this Virtual Exhibition of Social Work. The NE London Partnership has collaborated with Mark to develop its own growing collection of Objects to tell the story of social work locally.
In this presentation, Mark will explore the possibilities for using Objects in direct work with children, young people and their families. He will do this by encouraging participants to consider the place of Objects in their own lives, using the notion of ‘charged objects’ – ones with particular power and meaning.

Cultural Competency in Carers Assessments, March ’21

Speaker:Greg Ryan, Senior Social Work lecturer at London Metropolitan University
Event Summary:This workshop will support social workers to understand how diversity shapes the lives and experiences of carers and will explore how practitioners can enhance their cultural competence in the work of assessment and support planning for carers. • Black and minority ethnic carers • LGBTQ+ carers • Gender-based differences in carers experiences and outcomes The session will support social workers to identify potential barriers faced by carers from diverse communities and backgrounds in accessing services and how these can impact the assessment process. Workshop activities will enable social workers to enhance their self-awareness and cultural competence in carrying out assessments with carers from diverse backgrounds

Positive Father Involvement, February ’21

Speaker:Kevin J Brazant MA, FRSA, FHEA, CeP
Event Summary: This seminar explores the challenge of promoting positive father involvement where there is historic DV and abuse and introduces a controversial form of abuse called ‘Parental Alienation’ (PA) which is an extreme form of parental gate keeping. This session intends to also consider issues of historic domestic violence and maltreating fathers as part of family relationships. This provides a space for exploration of practice issues when working with families caught in cycles of domestic violence and abuse.
The seminar reflects a narrative literature review of UK and US studies in social work practice and parenting interventions with substantial findings in the successful retention and engagement of fathers. This also includes the facilitator’s anecdotal experience as a group leader having facilitated numerous parenting and couple communication programmes. His work has focused on couples post separation and divorce with him aiding their communication as part of co-parenting.

Mental Health in the Workplace – Personality Disorders, February ’21

Speaker:Mark Wheeler MA, MSW, PGCE, FHEA; Acting Head of Social Work at the University of East London
Event Summary:Work in social service settings is gratifying yet can impact our person in unhealthy ways. Current social climates often exacerbate existing tensions causing emotive professional situations to illicit feelings of isolation, detachment, and/or distrust. This dynamic can manifest not only in the service user/service relationship but also between colleagues. This session will apply the concept: personality disorder to profession contexts and explore the ways in which the concept can help off hinder progress towards shared goals.

Facilitating student learning in a virtual world, November ’20

Speaker:Siobhan Maclean
Event Summary:This will consider the impact of current ways of working on student learning. What should a contemporary practice-learning curriculum look like? Drawing on traditional learning theories we will explore how practice educators can support student social workers to learn and develop their practice when placement learning environments look so different. Issues around situated learning and arranging learning opportunities to help students demonstrate the PCF domains will be addressed. The session will include feedback from students about learning in the contemporary climate. The perennial learning issues of theory and practice and reflective practice will be considered in terms of changed ways of working.

Supervision in a virtual world, November ’20

Speaker:Siobhan Maclean
Event Summary:Building on the first webinar, this session will consider what a good reflexive supervision looks like in contemporary practice. How do you provide emotionally supportive supervision in a virtual space? Once again, the session will draw on feedback from students. Some short clips of reflective supervision will be shared with some interactive elements. Practical hints and tips will provided to enable practice educators to add to their current supervision toolkit.

Supervision in a virtual world, November ’20

Speaker:Siobhan Maclean
Event Summary:This webinar will explore triangulation of assessment in the virtual world. This will involve considering questions like – How do you undertake a direct observation of virtual practice? What should this look (and feel) like? How does contemporary practice link with the assessment requirements in social work practice? What are some of the barriers and enablers in terms assessment for practice educators? The specific issue about how to have a ‘courageous conversation’ and provide feedback to students in virtual spaces will be explored.