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Social Work Education, Research and Practice in turbulent times


We invite your contributions and participation to explore innovative approaches to social work education, research and practice in what is one of the most turbulent times in recent history. Please join and contribute to help exploring the challenges currently facing social work, its partners and people we work with.  A main focus will be on engaging with the experience of communities that can be marginalised and the role of social work in addressing issues of inequalities, injustice and intersectionality.

We welcome contributions on any of the following themes:

  • Inequalities and social justice and the response in social work education
  • Anti-racist social work and the role of education, research and practice
  • Decolonising the curriculum and deconstructing oppression
  • Promoting radical and critical approaches to social work and social work activism
  • Technologies and innovations in education and practice
  • Developing and supporting social work practice with marginalised communities
  • Student engagement and participation
  • Co-production in social work education and research: promoting lived experience
  • Building capacity in social work research and practice
  • What works in the design of social work research and evaluation and its methodologies.
  • Innovations in pedagogies (curriculum/assessment)
  • Community social work
  • Promoting and enhancing the wellbeing of the profession
  • Social Work in times of crisis and conflict
  • What do we mean by the impact of social work education and research?
  • International and UK social work research and practice that is making a difference and change
  • General


This is an excellent opportunity for social work academics, tutors, practice educators, people with lived experience, researchers, students, practitioners and policy makers, from across the UK and internationally to meet together to network, share learning, new ideas, and to discuss contemporary issues impacting on social work education and practice.

We welcome:

  • Short oral presentations (15 minutes)
  • Facilitation of themed workshops
  • Poster presentations
  • Themed symposiums (up to 5 short presentations of 10 mins) 
  • Demonstrations/Performance (30 mins)


All contributions must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference.

  • It is ESSENTIAL that you read all of the instructions below before you submit.
  • The person submitting the abstract should be the person who corresponds throughout.


You do not need to register for the Conference prior to submitting an abstract however following acceptance into the programme you must register, by Thurs 11th May 2023. You will be provided with a link to register in your acceptance email. Please contact us at if you have any queries.


Call for contributions opens: 1 December 2022
Call for contribution closes: 27 February 2023
Abstract notification: 17 March 2023
Final amendments due: 30 March 2023


The committee aims to be as inclusive and supportive as possible. At the review stage, the Conference Committee may recommend a change in the abstract submitted by the author, quality and relevance of the submission and to ensure the continuity of the conference programme i.e. oral presentation may be changed to poster presentation OR poster presentation to oral presentation. The presenting author will be informed of any change to their submitted presentation type at the acceptance notification stage and can accept/reject. Due to the expected volume of submitted contributions, the decision of the Scientific Committee is final.

When submitting your abstract please keep the following criteria in mind:

  • Title of the contribution (please keep it short and concise).
  • Indicate your contribution type (oral, poster, workshop/symposia/demonstration)
  • Please choose the theme that best aligns with your work. If your theme is not mentioned, please choose ‘General’
  • Select up to 3 relevant keywords
  • Include the name, affiliation, and job title of Presenting Author (this person will act as the main contact for this abstract; this person must be listed as the first author)
  • Include the name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s) (if relevant). Please do not add authors and affiliations to the abstract document in order to facilitate in the anonymous peer review. 
  • Abstract word limit is 300 (no references needed) excluding Title, Authors and Affiliations. Do not include any graphs or tables


Information under the following sub-headings is required for all Abstract submissions, with the exception of theoretical/discussion papers:

  • Introduction
  • Aim & Objectives
  • Methods, if relevant
  • Findings/Outcomes
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • Implication(s) for Practice


Abstracts will be published in the Conference Programme exactly as submitted and no corrections will be made. Please pay particular attention to grammar, spelling and typography.