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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Goldsmiths pilot to evaluate new approaches to social work education

Written by The Editorial Team
Goldsmiths University is today hosting the launch of the South East London Teaching Partnership, which aims to create a space where social work practitioners and academics can share their experiences and openly debate best practice.

The nine-month pilot, in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Lewisham and the London Borough of Southwark, is supported by £400,000 government funding to develop and test new and innovative approaches to social work qualifying education, early career training and continuing professional development programmes.

Hosting the launch will be Kevin Jones, Head of Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STaCS) at Goldsmiths. 

Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo will guest speak at the launch. Key messages she is set to deliver include the need for social work to deepen its knowledge and skills if it is to respond to the transformation of health and social care. 

The event will also hear from Andrew O'Sullivan, Director of Children's Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and a narrative from Goldsmiths alumna Jennifer Skirrow who was awarded Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year and is now a practicing social worker within the partnership.

The event will be preceded by the first of Goldsmiths' Twilight Seminars for practicing social workers and students and hosted by Amanda Taylor who runs an innovative social work book group.