Who are SWEP?

SWEP is a network of service users and carers: people with direct experience of social work education from different parts of the country.

What do SWEP do?

SWEP is a national network with the aim of sharing best practice about service user and carer participation in social work education. SWEP aims to:

  • Promote and encourage the participation of service users and carers in social work education;
  • Build capacity amongst service users and carers to enable them to participate;
  • Share information about good practice in service user and carer participation in social work education;
  • Bring all of the people involved in social work education together so that they can learn from each other about meaningful participation.

Where are SWEP based?

We have a London office base but are a national organisation and currently have members from a number of regions in the United Kingdom.

Who do SWEP work with?

Carers, Educators, Service Users, Social Workers, Social Work Students, Higher Education Institutions, User Led Organisations, and Social Work Governing Bodies.

Example of some of the organisation we are currently working with:
Action Disability Swindon
Anglia Ruskin University
Brunel University
Carers in Partnership West Midlands
College of Social Work
Forum of Carers and Users of Services – FOCUS, Merseyside
Glasgow Caledonian University
Mental Health in Higher Education
HPCC (Health and Care Professions Council)
SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Shaping Our Lives
University of Sussex
University of Bournemouth
University of Bradford
University of York
Worcestershire Association of Service Users

International Collaboration
Leonardo Project – Lund University

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