Why Join Us?

We are a leading UK charity that specifically promotes relationship based reflective practice. Social work engages with people often at the most difficult points in their lives, and, being concerned with the social work profession, we want to nurture the best conditions for truly effective social work support, the kind of support that service users want and need. We know that cuts and reductions in funding, changes to education and CPD requirements, and increased levels of poverty and disadvantage significantly challenge our profession. It can be really hard to find the space and time for stepping back to reflect on what is felt, and to utilise theory to better understand the situations our service users are facing, and that social work can feel like quite an isolated role. We see great value in bringing together a broad community of practitioners so that we can influence the kinds of changes that support ethical relationship development in social work.

Announcing Zero Membership Fees!

As a charity we agreed at our AGM on 19th May 2017 to reduce our membership fees to zero. This is in order to make better use of our limited resources and encourage more people to join us. If you are not already a member, please join us today.

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Existing members

If you are a member already – thank you for your valuable support! We hope you will have already received an email from us explaining the AGM decision. We would really value being able to keep the remainder of your annual fee as this will help to reduce our administration costs and enable us to put your money to good use. Should you wish, we are also happy to refund your annual fee pro rata – please email Lian Vanstone admin@cfswp.org and she will arrange for a refund.

New members - what’s in it for you?

By joining us you will agree with our vision, mission, aims and values as described below, and will be an important part of our community. By joining us you will:

  • be given a unique membership number that you can share on your CV;
  • receive regular newsletters;
  • be the first to hear about our learning and dialogue events and those of our partners;
  • contribute your perspectives and ideas in a range of ways;
  • be invited to take part in activities and surveys that seek to better understand the contexts and conditions you’re working in;
  • have an open invitation to contact us for information and/or to share your ideas about how we can better promote relationship based practice as the foundation for all social work;
  • be able to apply to be a trustee or an officer, or to nominate trustees or officers;
  • be able to vote at the Annual General Meeting (please see our constitution for further information).

Social work does not operate in a silo so we want to bring all interested people together no matter what your professional or personal background, so long as you agree with our vision, mission, aims and values. We welcome people who use services, and students, professionals, educators and practitioners from social work, social care, health and education.

What your membership does for CfSWP:

Your membership provides credibility and purpose to the organisation - the more people involved the more impetus behind the call for more relationally based practice. We want to encourage a great diversity of professional voices to broaden the range and quality of professional feedback. As a collaborative organisation, participation from members is key to our development, we want and will actively seek your views about how we can best meet our aims.

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Our Vision:

Our vision is for the foundation of all social work practice, policy and education to be fundamentally rooted in an understanding of the significance of the relationships between people who use social work services and those that provide them.

Our mission:

Our mission is to provide of a wide range of opportunities for practitioners, managers, educators, academics and organisations to explore and deepen their understanding of relationship based social work, to enable it to be the core driver for practice.

Our aims:

  1. To provide a variety of accessible forums to enable the development of competence and creativity in relationship-based social work practice;
  2. To provide high quality educational resources that explore, explain and enable the implementation of relationship based social work practice;
  3. To promote and encourage practice based scholarship and publication;
  4. To link to and work with other organisations who are aligned with relationship based social work;
  5. To support the development of a new generation of RBP trained and experienced practitioners, educators and researchers;
  6. To advocate for relationship based social work in appropriate policy forums and by questioning and critiquing those trends that work for and against it, and by mobilising our members to do the same.

Our Values:

There are many ways to understand ‘values’, so to clarify, we draw on Sarah Banks who says

“The term social work values refers to a range of beliefs about what is regarded as worthy or valuable in a social work context – general beliefs about the nature of the good society, general principles about how to achieve this through actions, and the desirable qualities or character traits of professional practitioners.” (Banks, 20121)

At CfSWP, relationship based social work practice is rooted in the core values of:

  • Respect for the equality, humanity, dignity, and rights of all those who use and work in or with social work services;
  • Empowerment of those who need and use social work services;
  • Empathy, understanding and a non-judgmental attitude in working with those who face serious challenges in their lives and circumstances.

These values form the roots of relationship based social work, from which other important but perhaps less tangible, values, behaviours, principles and ethics (such as collaboration, reflection, creativity, integrity) can inform and shape practice. CfSWP also recognises that without good methodologies for engaging and working with people, a commitment to value positions may be empty. Equally, without a strong value base, good practice methodologies may be blind to the complexities and impact of power differentials in the lives of service users and professionals. Values, theories and methodologies must work together for effective social work practice to thrive.

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1 Banks, S (2012) Ethics and Values in Social Work, 4th edition, London, Palgrave

Zero Membership Fees!

As a charity we agreed at our AGM on 19th May 2017 to reduce our membership fees to zero. If you are not already a member, please join us today.

Join us today