Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference 2021

Shaping Our Future: Power, Partnership and Participation

The conference is open to all final year students and newly qualified social workers across Scotland. If you are completing your studies or in the first two years of practice, you are very welcome to attend. It is a full-day event with fascinating keynote speakers and a range of workshops and talks aimed directly at the interests of early-career social workers.

For more detailed information on the workshops and the presenters please read our programme. 

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Programme for day of Social Work Events

 

Programme of events

Time

Event

Speaker

Organisation

Description

Links

9:30

Welcome

Dr Duncan Helm

University of Stirling

Welcome to the conference and housekeeping

Recording

9:40

Keynote 1

Iona Colvin

Scottish Government

An opening address from the Chief Social Work Adviser for Scotland

Presentation Slides

10:00

Comfort Break

 

10:10

Workshop

Karin Heber

SASW

Social Justice - What has that got to do with me? 

Presentation Slides

 

Workshop

Davie Donaldson and Rania Hamad

Scottish Government

Unconscious bias, social work, and intersectional experiences of Gypsy/Traveller community 

Presentation Slides

 

Workshop

Kate Ramsden and Laura Stewart  

Aberdeenshire Council

Getting Children's Views - Why it is important and some ideas for doing it 

Presentation Slides

Case Studies

 

Workshop

Colin Turbett

IRISS

Rediscovering and Mainstreaming Community Social Work in Scotland 

Presentation Slides

11:00

Comfort Break

 

11:20

Keynote 2

Dr Trish McCulloch

University of Dundee

Latest findings from the SSSC NQSW Longitudinal Study

Recording 

Presentation Slides

11:40

Workshop

Gillian Ferguson and George Burton

SSSC

Bringing CPL to life- Helping you to meet your continuous professional learning (CPL) registration requirements as a newly qualified social worker

Presentation Slides

 

Workshop

Tina Laurie and Gillian Ritch

IRISS

Social Work in Remote and Rural Communities

Presentation Slides

 

Workshop

Stacey McKinlay, Demi Lawrie and Paul Evans 

NQSW

If we knew then what we know now!

 

 

Workshop

Dr Duncan Helm

University of Stirling

Joining a new team online: The impact of Covid on identity and belonging

Presentation Slides 

12:30

Lunch

Go outside, take a walk, break from the screen…take care of yourself 

 

13:30

Keynote 3

UNITY 

UNITY

The role of service user involvement in social work education: Why we do it

Recording 

13:50

Comfort Break

 

14:00

Workshop

UNITY and Inter-University Service User and Carer Group

SUGC/UNITY

Are you the Social Worker that you thought you would be?

 

 

Workshop

Ray de Souza

National Wellbeing Hub

Improving Your Wellbeing and Personal Resilience: We Have Ways and Means!

Presentation Slides 

 

Workshop

Stacey McKinlay, Demi Lawrie and Paul Evans 

NQSW

If we knew then what we know now!

 

14:50

Comfort Break

 

15:00

Plenary

Dr Duncan Helm 

 

 

Recording 

15:30

Optional Peer Lead Caucus/ Forum

Stuart Cooper and Avril McIvor

 

LGBT Group 

 
 

 

Trish Hafford-Letchfield and Sam Hepburn

 

NQSW & Final year social work students affected by a disability 

 
   

Kevin Owens and Professor John Devaney

 

Men in Social Work 

 
   

Tafadzwa Kangara and Bernice Dwomoh

 

BAME NQSW and final year students

 
    Karin Heber    

Gender NQSW and final year students 

 
    Kerry Musselbrook    

Age Issues for NQSW and final year students 

 

The 2021 NQSW conference is hosted by the University of Stirling and delivered in partnership by the Heads of Social Work Education, The Institute for Research in Social Services (IRISS), Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser (OCSWA), the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Social Work Scotland.

Logos of different companies supporting the conference

More Information about our Organisations

IRISS

Iriss is a charity that has supported the social services workforce in Scotland since 2008. Our work involves working with people and services across the sector — local authority, third sector and private — to improve the knowledge and skills of the workforce and ultimately, improve the quality of social services. By improving services we improve the lives of people across Scotland. The majority of our work is funded by the Scottish Government.

Our mission is to build the capacity and capability of the Scottish social services workforce, to access and make use of knowledge and evidence-informed practice, for service improvement.

Our vision is for a high quality, continually improving social services sector renowned for its effective use of knowledge and research-informed practice.

Aims:

  • We want to ensure the workforce has the knowledge, tools and skills to effectively use evidence
  • We seek to embed a culture of collaboration — where individuals and organisations in the sector are supported and inspired to work together to improve services.

For more information on IRISS please visit our website - www.iriss.org.uk 

The Scottish Social Services Council

We are the regulator for the social work, social care and early years workforce in Scotland.

Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social work, social care and early years services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce. 

We offer a wide range of information and free learning resources to support your continuous professional learning.  Have a look at the links below.

Information for newly qualified social workers

Get all of our free learning resources on the Learning Zone

SASW

SASW is the Scottish group of The British Association of Social Workers (BASW). BASW is the UK’s professional membership organisation for social work. We are the independent voice of social work. We champion social work and help members achieve the highest professional standards.  

For more information on SASW please visit our website - www.basw.co.uk/what-we-do/around-uk/scotland and for membership information visit here - www.basw.co.uk/membership/join-basw

The University of Stirling 

 The University of Stirling 2nd in the UK for Social Work (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). We offer a number of course for students to help develop and provide the necessary practical skills for professional practice as a social worker. 

MSc Applied Professional Studies 

You may have just qualified … At some point you’ll be looking for further study options. At Stirling University we have our MSc/PGDip/ PG Cert in Applied Professional Studies. It has five specialist pathways:  

  • Adult Services, Support and Protection, 
  • Advanced Practice Skills (Child Welfare and Protection), 
  • Child Welfare and Protection,  
  • Management and Leadership in Social Services  
  • Social Work Practice Education 

Employers across Scotland have fully funded students to undertake certificates on all our pathways. The attraction of our MSc. ‘shell’ is that you can build up to a MSc. over a period of time.

Want to know more? Visit our programme website  

MSc Social Work Studies

This is an integrated academic and professional course which develops the intellectual and practical skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker.

We promote an understanding of social work which is informed by social justice and human rights, a profession that acknowledges the links between 'public issues' and 'private troubles' and seeks to address both. We value social work practice that has prevention at its heart and recognises the importance of collective approaches, actively engaging with and learning from user movements.

Our course is taught by qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field, and academics who maintain close connections with practice. You'll experience inspirational contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services, as well as from practicing social workers.

You’ll enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. On your practice placements, you’ll be supported and assessed by Practice Educators who are qualified or undertaking their Practice Educator training.

At the end of your studies, you’ll qualify as a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach to working with individuals, families, groups and communities. The postgraduate qualification in Social Work Studies is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council and is recognised throughout the UK.

More information on this course can be found on our website - www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/social-work-studies