Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

JSWEC online conference 2021


8th - 9th July 2021







Multiple Presenters

Event Details

The Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference is the UK’s only academic conference covering the whole of the social work field.  This three day conference aims to bring together academics, policy-makers, practitioners and people who use services (including carers).  The conference in 2020 will cover social work in all its various forms with a range of confirmed speakers to reflect this diversity.

Confirmed speakers
Keynote speaker Claudia Bernard (Goldsmiths, University of London) – ‘Intersectionality and social work education’.
A panel discussion about social work and politics with Mark Drakeford (First Minister of Wales) and Hilary Armstrong (former UK Government Minister). A further speaker for this panel to be announced.
A keynote from Jadwiga Leigh (Lancaster University) and a parent from the New Beginnings project – ‘Alliances between universities and service users’.
Keynote speaker Alisoun Milne (University of Kent) – ‘Reclaiming the role of the “social” in the care and support of older people’.
A conference dinner will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in central Cardiff on the Thursday evening.

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Workshops, Conferences & Other Events

What would you like to attend?

We are eager to offer a full calendar of online and in-person workshops, conferences, lectures and discussion groups.  We are really keen to hear from people who have something to share with our audience.  We would like to hear from you about ideas for an event.

Do you know someone who might like to present to a GAPS audience? Is that you?


Writing for the GAPS Website

Do you have an idea for a short article you could write for GAPS?  We warmly invite those involved in social work practice and educators to think about what they would like to say to an audience with an interest in systemic thinking and therapeutic and relationship-based social work practice.

Our aim is to bridge the gap between practice and academic writing whilst opening up spaces for contemplation and stimulating discussion.

We encourage practitioners, educators and researchers to propose articles of 1,000 words or more for publication on this site and for discussion among our community.

We offer an authors' fee of £400 per article.