Social work in China

Posted on 7 September 2017

The Social Work team were invited to run a summer school in Foshan, China, which provided a valuable forum for cultural exchange on social work

The summer school included contributions from Head of Department John Hudson and Social Work academics Katie Graham, Ed Robson and Hannah Jobling, as well as Dr Matthew Norton of Alzheimer’s Research UK. It was attended by 20 students, many of whom were experienced practitioners. Staff and students explored themes around adult social work, and included workshops on dementia, social work with older and disabled people, mental health social work and continuing professional development.


Left to right: Hannah Jobling, John Hudson, Ed Robson, Katie Graham

Social work is a fast developing field in China with rapid socio-economic change fuelling a need for social interventions. Students were keen to learn about UK approaches to policy and practice, and our staff found out more about the distinctive challenges and opportunities for social work in China. We hope to build on this new and exciting partnership for future teaching and research collaboration.


Ed Robson with students in Foshan

The summer school ran from 24 to 29 July and was organised by Dr Jack Chan from the School of Government at Sun Yat-sen University, along with the Nanhai Society for Social Work Scholars and Students, and the Nanhai Government.