SWU Assignment: World Social Work Day Student Essay Competition

IFSW WSWD 15 March 2022

World Social Work Day SWU Assignment: Student Essay Competition


The winners for the 2022 competition have been selected.

Congratulations to Arzu Bokhari of Cardiff University, Natalia Phillips of Brunel University, and Marissa Bruneau of the University of Dundee on your winning essays!

Each year the Social Workers Union (SWU) runs a World Social Work Day SWU Assignment student essay competition in which we pose questions about current issues in social work.

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at UK universities. Up to four of the most compelling arguments within the word limit of 750-1000 words will win a grant of £500 each.

The SWU Assignment question in 2022 was: Considering the current negative TV and general media portrayals of social workers what action can be taken to change this? Click here to see the flyer with the 2022 competition details.

John McGowan, General Secretary of SWU, said, “I am delighted that the interest in our assignment competition grows each year and the calibre of entries is strong. This is a terrific question this year. Media criticism of the social work profession can undermine trust in the essential role social workers play and can also lead to victimisation of entirely innocent individuals, potentially causing damage to recruitment and retention in an already difficult to recruit and retain profession.”

We are thrilled that Shahid Naqvi, Editor of Professional Social Work magazine, was a member of the 2022 panel that judged the completed assignments.

Are you interested in reading the brilliant essays that have impressed the panel judges in previous years? Here is a list of all the winning SWU Assignment essays to date: