Social work in disasters: responding to Covid-19

Published in News on 22 Oct 2020

On 25 November, BASW will host a seminar that will bring together practitioners, policy leads and academics with UK and international experience of responding to Covid-19.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that social workers have played in responding to the pandemic.

Speakers will include:

- Maris Stratulis, National Director BASW England
- Tonia Dubidat, Chair of BASW England Black Country Branch
- Elizabeth Njenga, Chair of the BASW England Buckinghamshire Branch
- Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, University of Stirling and Chair of BASW's Special Interest Group - Social Work’s Place in Emergencies and Disasters
- Dr Malathi Adusumalli , Professor of Social Work, University of Delhi
- Dr Timothy Sim, Associate Professor of Social Work, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Expected learning outcomes:

  • Gain an enhanced understanding of the professional expectations for social workers working during Covid-19 from an international perspective  
  • Consider social work practice and policy implications during the pandemic
  • Hear key messages for social workers including what worked well and what can we learn from for the future             

Places are free for BASW members and £12.50 for non-members. Further information and booking

Iriss recently had a conversation with Professor Lena Dominelli about the new MSc in Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid, where she shares her hopes for the future of the social work profession.

Lena has also written guidelines for social workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and upholding ethical behaviour and human rights during Covid-19