On the 17th May 2019, ZUKSWA will be meeting at Chiltern hotel in Luton from 10 to 5pm for their upcoming conference, celebrating social work and promoting the opportunities available to BME practitioners. The aim of I CAN Conference is to encourage social workers and student social workers from BME to climb the ladder, and they’re already expecting between 80-100 attendees! Our team will be there, ready to show our support for practitioners who at times can feel underrepresented or marginalised within social work.
ZUKSWA are driven by the fact that black, Asian and ethnic minority groups are still grossly underrepresented in UK. In 2011 the Guardian reported that – there were only five black and minority ethnic chief executives across more than 300 NHS organisations in the UK. In social care the picture isn’t much better; the number of BME directors of adult services in England was four out of 150. The number for Directors of Children Services is below that.. Such low numbers have prevailed for many years, despite over a thousand BME managers taking part in excellent development and leadership programmes. This pattern is replicated across both public and private organisations.
Some of the barriers that were highlighted by the Guardian were the following:
- Selection panels appointing in their own image.
- BME candidates having less access to significant networking opportunities.
- A lack of perceived transparency in recruitment processes.
- A recurrent lack of commitment from leaders in many organisations on diverse recruitment.
- Inconsistent approaches to developing talent.
I CAN conference is there to empower BME social workers, student social workers and those are interested in the profession to know that they can climb up the ladder. ZUKSWA/UKSWA have already confirmed a number of speakers from within their extended network and there will be senior colleague from Social Services and private sector from an ethnic minority to tell their story. The emphasis is placed on real stories, to highlight the truth about working in social work and care as a BME professional. In particular the event is dedicated to the journey the speakers have taken, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them. ZUKSWA want to showcase the mindset their guest speakers have had and create a platform to promote any advice for fellows in the industry looking to progress.
The day will start with a conference in the morning and workshop in the afternoon. ZUKSWA have worked to make sure that ticket prices are as inclusive as possible, so that everyone is able to be a part of the day. It’ll also be a great chance to find out more about their upcoming book, which will be launched at the I CAN event. Therefore, they’re offering certain concessions to the prices for students and prospective social work professionals. A full ticket for the I CAN Conference (including lunch!) costs:
Social Workers = £30
Students = £15
Those who want to enter into social work = £20
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