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  • Fife Council Community Social Work Conference

    Created: 24/08/2022
    News/Events Category: Training and Learning

    When: 09:00 - 16:30, Tuesday 08 November 2022
    Where: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Rd, Dunfermline , KY11 8DY
    This event is being organised by Fife Council
    Places for voluntary sector delegates (staff, committee members or volunteers) £60.00 per person

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    Fife Council is hosting a National Social Work conference from 09:00 - 16:30 on 08 November 2022 in Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

    The aim of the conference is to showcase initiatives in Fife and elsewhere, to critically explore community social work across the UK and see how this can help to reframe ‘Care experience'’ and to challenge our approaches to structural and system-based risk and vulnerability.

    Fife is currently "testing" the development of a Community Social Work model which is rooted in prevention and early intervention, with Social Work staff being visible and accessible within communities. The team has moved fully away from the traditional delivery of statutory Social Work currently provided through children and adult services.

    The focus of the Community Social Work team in Fife is to work alongside excluded communities, to not only address the wider issues of risk and vulnerability; through the lens of poverty, discrimination, social exclusion, and structural inequality, but to also identify individual and community assets and strengths, acting as catalysts for change to strengthen individual and community agency.

    This national conference seeks to showcase Community Social Work nationally and to set the challenge – "Can Community Social Work be a model of practice for the future?". The Council welcomes attendance from managers and practitioners from across the world of Social Work in the UK.

    There will be a series of speakers, workshops, and stalls, showcasing Community Social Work approaches, the challenge, learning and outcomes. These will contribute to the national dialogue around the future direction of Social Work. Delegates will be invited to register to attend 2 of the workshops.

    There are expenses to be offset, and a conference fee has been set to cover costs. The fee will include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

    Schedule for the event includes (may be subject to change):

    Conference Chair - Kathy Henwood: CSWO, Head of Service, Fife Council Education and Children’s Services

    Opening Remarks

    • Iona Colvin – Chief Social Work Advisor
    • Fiona Duncan – Chair, The Promise Scotland

    Keynote Speakers

    • Lemn Sissay OBE – Author and Broadcaster
    • Fergal O’Brien MBE – Training and Development Consultant, Southern Trust, Northern Ireland
    • Colin Turbett – Social Work author and consultant


    Fife Community Social Work Team – Introduction to the “test of change” and the development of the Community Social Work model in Kirkcaldy.


    There will be 6 workshops that will focus on Community Social Work practice and learning across the UK. Details will be announced, and ticket holders will be advised when the workshops are finalised. Delegates will be invited to choose to attend 2 workshops prior to the event.

    Panel Discussion

    The conference will conclude with a Q&A panel discussion linking the conference themes highlighted throughout the day.


    • External candidates - £120
    • Fife Council candidates and third Sector organisations - £60

    Further details for the conference will be confirmed and updated for ticket holders.

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