Community in Focus: Social Work Making Connections

Friday 8 February 2013, 9.30AM to 2.00pm

Speaker(s): Martin Webber, Reader in Social Work, University of York, David Morris, University of Central Lancashire; Trine Østergaard Wulf-Anderson; Agnete Neidel; Lene Larsen and Peder Hjorth-Madsen, Roskilde University in Denmark

MRC Seminar 8 February 2013 (MS Word , 84kb)

This event is open to staff from local authorities, health services, housing organisations and voluntary sector providers. It will be of interest and relevance to those with responsibility for commissioning, developing and delivering services for people in communities, and in particular those who are focused on meeting the challenges of integrating health and social care.

Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and other mental health social workers are also encouraged to attend.

This is an opportunity for a range of professionals involved in the delivery of adult social work and social care to come together and engage in discussion about research findings and good practice in their field, and to identify the potential for new models of delivery.

Focus of the Research Seminar

This seminar will feature presentations and workshops about two research projects in Denmark and two in the UK which have a common theme of enhancing connections within communities. The seminar will focus on their implications for social work practice in the UK.

The two Danish projects, undertaken by colleagues at Roskilde University and the Danish National Board of Social Services, focus on young people’s participation in vocational education, and on enhancing young people’s well-being through community connections.

The UK projects are concerned with improving social work and social care practice with adults in connecting people with their communities; and, exploring and enhancing connections within communities to support vulnerable people. Dr Martin Webber from the Universityof York will talk about his Connecting People study, whilst Professor David Morris from the University of Central Lancashire will present early findings from the Connected Communities project. Both projects are on-going.

This is a unique opportunityto hear from leading European researchers and consider how social workers can enhance their practice with an increased focus on working with communities to enhance the well-being of the vulnerable people they are working with.

Location: Kings Manor, University of York

Admission: See flyer for details.

Email: jane.phythian@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 321237

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