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‘Out of the Shadows’: The role of social workers in disasters – an opportunity for people with lived experience

BASW England wants to hear from people with lived experience and social workers involved in disaster and emergency responses past and present, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being directly affected by an emergency or disaster has significant consequences for individuals and communities and we are aware that individuals involved in such events have diverse experiences. We want to hear from people involved and affected by an emergency, disaster and more recently by COVID-19.

We will work with you and support you to share your stories and experiences in a book that will highlight the shared experiences of those with lived experience and social workers directly involved in emergency/disaster response work in England.  

This book will focus on the poignant and important personal stories of people with lived experiences of disaster. This will also include voices of social workers and their organisational leaders who have been directly involved in providing support in disasters, their reflections and sharing learning for the future.

If you would like to share your story and get involved in this work, please send an e-mail to expressing your interest by Friday, 27 June.

Tilia Lenz, Lecturer Practitioner Consultant – Research Focus

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