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Recent Events:

GAPS National Conference

and AGM 2016


Wednesday 9th November 2016

Venue: Amnesty International UK, Human Rights (HR) Action Centre

17 - 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA


Scapegoating in Social Work:

building resistance through relationships


Speakers:    Dr. Sharon Shoesmith

Sharon Shoesmith worked with children for almost 40 years. She is the former Director of Children’s Services, London Borough of Haringey and the author of Learning from Baby P: The Politics of Blame, Fear and Denial (2016).

Presentation: Understanding and tackling social worker vulnerability


Juliet Koprowska

Juliet Koprowska is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York, and author of the widely recommended Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice.

Presentation: Shame, blame and scapegoating


5.00 – 6.30pm: GAPS AGM Amnesty HR Action Centre

Cost: GAPS members £20.00

Non-GAPS members £30.00

(free refreshments and lunch included)


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
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