Article updated 23 September 2021
Social Work in the South returned to its in-person format for 2021, hosted by Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Community Care. Social Work in the South seeks to bring together both training and qualified children’s social workers, to share and discuss the latest innovative approaches being developed in social care practice. This year, the event took place in the contemporary surrounding of the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke on 23 September.
We welcomed exhibiting local authorities from all over the south, as well as children’s charities, suppliers and other organisations that provide services, tools and guidance to social workers across the south and beyond.
Among our insightful and inspirational speakers were Sue Penna and Laura Hanbury, who offered individual and unique insights into their expert areas of children’s social work, understanding trauma and behaviour and child protection, respectively. These sessions were just two within the tailored programme of events, designed to offer something for all practitioners at all stages of their careers. The event promises to spark conversations between peers and colleagues about the methodologies and practices in social work across the south.
In this fourth year of Social Work in the South, drop-in CV and job application sessions were available throughout the day, as well as one-to-one conversations with exhibiting authorities, to find out more about the work they do and any opportunities available.