International school social work conference

International school social work conference: "Empowering Global Futures: Strategies for School Social Work”.
9th and 10th September, 2024
Venue: ARU, Essex, UK

Recently, there has been renewed interest in school based social work. In 2022, we formed the SWISIC (Social work in schools International Collaboration), to bring together school social work perspectives from across the world. In 2024, we will host our first international conference in the UK. This event has been organised to attract researchers in this field but also practitioners and students with an interest or experience of social work practice within schools. In this first conference, the focus will be to exchange ideas and create a platform to come together and share our knowledge and experiences in this growing field of speciality in social work.

The first conference will be hosted by ARU Anglia Ruskin University, Essex, England, on the 9th and 10th September, 2024.

This event is sponsored by Whiting Birch, the Journal of Practice Teaching and learning.

Options for payment:


  • £150 two-day conference price.
  • £100 one day conference price


  • £75 two-day conference price.
  • £50 one day conference price.

Students free

  • Free for ARU students.

You can reserve you ticket here on Eventbrite and your name and contact details will then be added to the event register.

However, your booking will not be confirmed, and you will not be admitted on the day, until we have received payment (with the exception of ARU students).

To book, pay and secure your place, please use the following link:

Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care | Anglia Ruskin University

Call for Abstracts

We invite submissions of abstracts which reflect the conference theme: “Empowering Global Futures: Strategies for School Social Work”. No more than 300 words.

Theoretical considerations, case studies and research reports are welcome from any country in the world.

Submissions Researchers, scholars, practitioners, and students are invited to submit abstracts to

You should indicate whether your proposal is for an oral presentation, a workshop or a poster presentation.

The main theme of the 1st International Conference for School Social Work Research is

"Empowering Global Futures: Strategies for School Social Work”.

Submission of abstracts are invited in one of three categories:

  1. Oral Paper presentation
  2. Poster presentation
  3. Workshop


  1. Theorising school social work
  2. Country/Region specific school social work
  3. Challenges, Benefits and opportunities for research into school social work
  4. Professionalising school social work
  5. Interdisciplinary working


Submission of abstracts 31st March 2024

Notification of outcome by 31st May 2024

Registration Ends 9th August 2024

If accepted, speakers will be offered a discounted rate of:

  • £75 two-day conference price.
  • £50 one day conference price.

Accepted presenters at the conference will be invited to submit an article to a special edition of Whiting Birch, the Journal of Practice Teaching and learning.

Venue details:
ARU Rivermead campus, Bishops Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, England, CM1 1 SQ
Places to stay, nearby the campus, 5 minute walk:

For all enquires, contact: