Guardian’s Social Lives event returns for 2017


The Guardian’s Social Lives event returns later this month, to explore the working lives, attitudes and motivations of social workers.

2017’s launch event, held in partnership with the British Association of Social Workers, takes place on 28 March. Attendees will be able to hear the findings from the latest research conducted by the Guardian, looking at the motivations and frustrations of social workers as well as offering insight into recruitment and retention.

The morning event kicks off with breakfast, followed by a presentation of the survey results and a panel debate to discuss the findings, chaired by the Guardian’s public services editor, David Brindle.

The panel will include key figures from various sections of the industry:

  • Dr Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers
  • Christine Banim, national service director at Cafcass
  • Brenda Farrell, head of business family placement at Barnardo’s
  • Ian Thomas, strategic director children and young people’s services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Dr Louise Grant, deputy programme director, Frontline Organisation and senior lecturer and course coordinator CPD courses

Helen Bird, director of Guardian Jobs, said: “I am delighted that the Guardian has commissioned the Social Lives Research - now in its seventh year.

“Research into this vital sector is important to us here at the Guardian as it gives us real insight into the working lives and motivations of social workers across the United Kingdom. This research will be invaluable to people who employ, recruit and manage social workers.  We will be sharing the findings at our HQ, Kings Place, in London on the 28 March followed by regional events in Wales, Scotland and northern England.”

The London event takes place between 8.45–11am on Tuesday 28 March at King’s Place, York Way, King’s Cross. To register your interest for this, or the forthcoming events, contact

Thursday, 16 March 2017

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