World Social Work Day 2019 Celebration


Key Note Speaker: Robert South, Assistant Director, Children's Social Care, London Borough of Havering
Topic: Systemic Approach in Social Work Practice - Face to Face Havering

Robert South Assistant Director Children’s Social Care
The London Borough of Havering

Robert is a proud member of the British and international social work fraternity and has been practising as a qualified social worker since 1995. He has an extensive professional background in local authority children’s services practice and management within a wide range of settings including; safeguarding, family support, children in care and care leavers, fostering, adoption, commissioning, early help services and partnership delivery.

Robert commenced his social care journey working as a volunteer within his native city of Manchester. This inspired his passion for working with vulnerable children and young people, and effecting positive change through empowerment and relationship based social care interventions.

He has been in his current role of Assistant Director within Havering Children’s Service for 2 years. In this role, Robert has contributed to the development and implementation of the Face to Face Havering approach. Robert is very excited about the positive impact that this systemic strengths based and relational model of practice is having upon outcomes for children, young people and families in the Borough. These achievements were formally recognised by Ofsted during a recent ILACS inspection of Havering Children’s Services where the Borough’s provision was seen to have progressed rapidly and graded as “Good”.

Robert is an enthusiastic film buff and traveller, and has found many ways to connect his interests to his working life.

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Annual conference 2018


UKMSW forum Annual Conference 2018 will be held on 16th June 18 (Saturday) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Brunel University London. The Keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof. Holly Nelson-Becker, Head of Social Work Division, Brunel University. The Forum members, students and wider public are invited to attend this Lecture in the morning. The Forum's AGM will be held in the afternoon.


Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships.


The Division of Social Work at Brunel University London is delighted to host the UK Malayali Social Workers’ Forum (UKMSW) for its annual meeting which takes place on Saturday 16 June, here on campus in the Darwin Room of the Hamilton Centre (Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH) from 10.00am. The keynote lecture for the meeting will be delivered by Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, Head of the Social Work Division at Brunel University London. Holly’s keynote address will explore, “Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships”, and is open to students, staff and the wider public. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions over a networking lunch. Everyone is very welcome!

Free parking! Those joining us by public transport, the U3 bus stops out the University on Cleveland Road, a minute’s walk to the Hamilton Suite. Follow the signs…
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Following lunch, the UKMSW will hold their annual general meeting.

Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships

Spiritual identity is an important aspect of life for many individuals yet is often ignored in professional practice with service users. This presentation will discuss the current spiritual and religious climate including definitions, ethical guidelines for hosting spiritual conversations, and mindfulness and spiritual care in the midst of life challenges. Workshop participants will be invited to explore their own understanding of these areas through meditation and interactive engagement.

Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, PhD, LCSW, HCPC-registered, is Social Work Division Lead at Brunel University London.