Welcome to GAPS

As a professional membership organisation, the aim of GAPS is to promote relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work in ways that ‘benefit the public’ and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, groups and communities.


From our ownership of the Journal of Social Work Practice, GAPS receives a modest annual income. This income is used to fund the administrative infrastructure of GAPS and to resource activities and events for front-line social work practitioners and managers – such as organising and running free one-day workshops, funding peer support groups, seminars and public lectures for the benefit of social workers, social work students, other practitioners and interested parties.

Recent Events:


The importance of relationship-based practice:

can we reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide?

Monday 20th March 2017

9.30am – 4.15pm


National Conference:

GAPS National Conference

and AGM 2016

Scapegoating in Social Work:

building resistance through relationships


Previous workshops:

GAPS Day Workshop

Wednesday 7th September 2016

at Create Centre Bristol

The importance of relationship-based practice:

can we reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide?


GAPS Day Workshop

Friday 3rd June 2016

at YHA Bristol

Advanced Practice Skills - Rethinking systems in social work practice: using Systems-Centered theory and practice to instigate system change and understand what gets in the way. 


Recent GAPS National Conference presentations by

Pamela Trevithick, Ray Jones and Juliet Koprowska. 


Trevithick (2014) Humanising managerialism (word version) for GAPS website.pdf450.97 KB
Pamela Trevithick GAPS Nat Conf 4 Dec 2015 (34s) SENT.ppt1.28 MB
Shame, Blame and Scapegoating Presentation.pdf1.78 MB
Website updated 18 August 2017.

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  • Advance Practice Skills day workshop @ YHA Bristol with Juliet Koprowska & Ray Haddock Fri 3 June Rethinking Systems in Social Work Practice 1 year 15 weeks ago
  • See Pam Trevithick’s influential paper Humanising managerialism via http://t.co/gFimMnnDoI 2 years 12 weeks ago
  • RT : 'The Story of Baby P' by Prof Ray Jones is one of the most important books I've ever read. I'm outraged at the injustice 2 years 45 weeks ago
  • GAPS Nat Conference Friday 28 Nov 2014 Prof Harry Ferguson on The Home Visit in SW at Amnesty Centre, London, details http://t.co/jXBsQutxK8 2 years 45 weeks ago
  • GAPS AGM tonight http://t.co/M2gjlrBY5p Harry Ferguson will be talking on men & masculinity from 7.30pm. Attendance is free, all welcome. 2 years 46 weeks ago