Online: 2020 AGM & CPD Day, Theme – Ethics in Social Work

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Date(s) - 25/09/2020
All Day


Theme – Ethics in Social Work
  • Fully digital event
  • Free to ANZASW members
  • Registration available for each session or for the whole day

More information and registration details to come….

Draft Timetable:

8:30 am Pōwhiri
9:00 – 10:00 Merv Hancock Memorial Lecture: Sarah Banks, Keynote speaker
10:30- 11:30 Professional Development Session 1: TBA
12:30- 1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00 – 3:00pm Professional Development Session 2: TBA
3.15 – 3.45pm Results of voting at AGM & Poroporoaki/Closing the Hui

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks
is Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, and Co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches on professional ethics, community development and participatory action research.  She has published widely on social work ethics. Books include Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries (Routledge, 2012, edited with Kirsten Nøhr) and Ethics and Values in Social Work, 5th edn (Red Globe Press, forthcoming 2020).

Practising ethically in challenging times:

Social work is constantly in a state of change, as social workers adapt to new social and economic conditions, alongside evolving policies and organisational structures. In this talk we will discuss what it means to practice ethically in changing and challenging contexts – both the slow move towards neo-liberalism and managerialism, and the faster shift towards digitalisation and distancing prompted by Covid-19.  These are times both to hold on to social work values, but also to reinterpret and rethink what they might mean in new circumstances. This talk will draw on several decades of research on the implications for ethical practice of changing accountability requirements for social workers, and recent rapid research on ethical challenges for social workers internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic. How should social workers respond, for example, to managers from outside the profession who do not share the same professional values? How can social workers continue to pursue the social justice mission of their profession? What are the implications of the growth of digital and remote working for social workers’ relationships of trust and empathy with people who use or need services?