Call for workshop submissions now open!

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Call for workshop submissions now open!

We’re now welcoming submissions for the Social Work Scotland 2023 Conference, 4 October @ Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

This year, our themes are Workforce and Systems, acknowledging the challenges social work faces, and also the context in which we’re all working. We’re keen to hear from anyone exploring:

  • the importance of leadership in achieving positive outcomes for staff and those who use our service; taking into account whole system approaches, active implementation science, and human learning systems,
  • the role of social work leaders in the quality of professional development, and how organisational culture and leadership can create and enhance this; ranging from role of Chief Social Work Officers in overseeing and promoting excellence in social work practice, to tools available to help improve the quality of supervision and development, and
  • the wider context the profession is working with – including (but not limited to) poverty and inequality, the increase in digital innovation, data and information sharing and process that’s happening and how we manage those.

We’re particularly keen to encourage collaboration and workshops which provide delegates with space to connect with each other and discuss issues reflectively. We are unable to accept ‘showcase’ presentations, where there are no clear implications or learning opportunities for professional social workers and leaders.

The practicalities:

We hope to run 7-9 workshops (depending on submissions), which will be repeated in the morning and afternoon. You should expect to arrive no later than 10am, and workshops will conclude by 3pm.

Workshop presenters will receive complimentary access to the rest of the conference, so we ask that this is limited to 2 per people to allow for planning.

We expect around 350 delegates, and they will be asked to pre-book spaces on workshops. We will make decisions on minimum delegate numbers based on the format and topic of the workshop. One workshop will take place in the auditorium, giving room for up to 100. If any workshop doesn’t receive any sign up, those delegates will be diverted to the auditorium workshop.

All workshop spaces will be set up for you to bring your own laptop for presentations. Please indicate in the form below if you will need support with travel and expenses.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 31 March 2023. We’ll notify you in the first two weeks of April and will expect to meet with prospective workshop presenters throughout April and May to develop and finalise the content, so that this can be published for delegates in the summer.

For more information or any questions, please email