We are pleased to announce that we have a number of special events organised for the Experiencing the Social Work World Exhibition. These events are open to the public and everyone is welcome to come and listen or engage with the activities. Please keep an eye on this page for more information.
Friday 12th of May 11:30-12:30 Safeguarding Survivor “Annie”
This session will be led by “Annie”, a birth mum with extensive experience of the child protection system, public speaker, social work trainer, and writer of “Surviving Safeguarding: A parent’s guide to the child protection process”.
Annie will bring the perspective of the service user to the exhibition and describe, through art, how it feels to be a parent caught up in a punitive, unforgiving, and relentless system. Annie will explain how her recovery from many years of mental health problems has allowed her to gain the strength to find peace and forgiveness, to rebuild her life, to constructively challenge and to launch the first parental advocacy service to bridge the gap between social workers and service users in child protection.
To book your ticket please click on the following Eventbrite link: Tickets for Annie’s talk
Friday 2nd of June 12:00-13:00 Cultivating Mad Cow by Kathryn Littlewood
Kathryn Littlewood, former child protection social worker, author of ‘Cultivating Mad Cow’.
In this talk, Kathryn will interpret social workers’ narratives and artwork on display at the exhibition by discussing her own experiences of social work practice. Kathryn worked in social work for ten years until she was signed off sick in 2004. She only returned to work for three days before she attempted to take her own life by jumping off a building. She now spends her time working for a progressive disability user led organisation as a development worker, and giving talks and lectures on subjects related to a book she has written about her experiences, Cultivating Mad Cow. By writing and talking about her experiences of surviving death, it has helped her make sense of her journey and rebuild her life in a meaningful way.
To book your ticket please click on the following Eventbrite link: Tickets for Kathryn Littlewood Talk