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JSWEC 2016

Wednesday 13th July - Friday 15th July 2016

We're looking forward to the 2016 JSWEC conference at The Open University in July. Keep in touch with the latest news at the JSWEC 2016 website.

Social work seminar series 2015/16

Our next event will be held at The Open University in Yorkshire on Wednesday 29 June, 5.00 - 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Professor Elizabeth Harlow, University of Chester, to talk about Supporting Adoptive Families

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The Open University (OU) is one of the largest providers of social work training in the UK, with around 300 graduates every year. Our flexible study arrangements fit in with your work and home life, so you can carry on earning while you learn.

Our curriculum is developed by leading academics and professionals who are actively engaged in social work, ensuring that teaching reflects current priorities. We're also pioneers in working collaboratively with service users, whose voices are heard throughout our learning materials - challenging and enriching the contributions of practitioners and policy makers alike.

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Social work enquiries


phone: +44(0)1908 654229


phone: +44(0)131 226 3851


phone: +44(0)29 2026 2728


phone: +44(0)28 9024 5025

Inspiring Social Work

For World Social Work Day (15 March 2016) some of our students shared their reflections on the people who inspired and supported them to train as social workers; one of them also featured in Community Care alongside Social Worker and OU graduate Emma Govan.

Karen O'Donnell, Workforce Development Officer, Angus Council

"Providing sponsorship to staff enables them to develop a career pathway. We find that this definitely improves retention; in the 10+ years that we've been offering the OU degree programme, only one sponsored social worker has left - to take up a senior promoted post. Among former students, two are now team managers, one has recently begun studying for the Mental Health Officer Award (MHOA), and several are involved in practice learning placements with roles in mentoring and providing leadership input for the next generation of trainees."