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Students and staff play host to students from Rotterdam University to celebrate ‘World Social Work Day’

world social workUndergraduate students on the BA (Hons) Working with Children and Young People (WWCYP) course welcomed 30 students from Rotterdam University to celebrate World Social Work Day. Students attended a workshop by Louise Jones, a Social Worker and trainer from London Borough of Wandsworth. This event was also attended by the staff and students on the Master of Social Work (MSW) and BA (Hons) Social Work.

Louise introduced the students to ‘Signs of Safety’, a multi-disciplinary method of working to safeguard children. This was particularly fitting for the day as it was developed in Western Australia and is now used across four continents. The event also provided the opportunity for WWCYP students to converse with Rotterdam University students, on similar courses, encouraging the exchanging of notes on the different approaches of working successfully with children and adolescents.

In the afternoon, staff and students on the MSW and the BA (Hons) Social Work courses joined the guests in a Skype link-up with Professor Ruth Stark, Human Rights Commissioner of the International Federation of Social Workers. Ruth raised the issue of a Bahraini social worker and activist who has been imprisoned and tortured.

Rotterdam University students gave very positive feedback about their experience. Dr Wilson Muleya, Deputy Head of the School of Social Work and Social Care, and Senior Lecturer Susan Watson have started discussions with colleagues at Rotterdam University to enter into an Erasmus agreement between the two universities.