Founding Purposes and Submission Details

This is a free online magazine which will be produced during the Covid-19 crisis, edited by an editorial collective, about issues that are of interest to those who use social work or social care services, those who provide them and those who undertake teaching or research around them. Some of those issues will be related directly to Covid-19 (policy analyses, thought pieces, personal experiences) but there will be space to raise issues related to other things connected to social work and social care that contributors feel needs airing during the period of the Covid-19 crisis. 

The founding editorial collective is made up of: Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Christian Kerr, Gillian MacIntrye, Abyd Quinn-Aziz & Robin Sen.

The magazine arose out of a belief that there is much currently going on of high relevance to social work and social care under Covid-19, and a number of interesting things being written and spoken about them. But there is also a lack of an accessible format to bring some of those discussions together: we do not suggest this magazine is, will, or should be the only outlet for them but our goal is that it provides another outlet, which is both of interest and use to the social work and social care community, and brings together some of the more fragmented discussions currently taking place. The content of Social Work 2020 under Covid-19 will fall somewhere between Twitter threads (which are good, but often melt into the online air) a magazine article (which are good but of set frequency and of limited capacity to reflect ongoing issues that arise) and a blog (which are good but often written only by one author) : it may be best thought of as a collection of blog-like articles which will be collected around social work and social care during the Covid-19 crisis. 

The magazine will run so long as there is interest, contributions and the Covid-19 crisis continues. It will have no set frequency but will come out as and when there is need, articles and the editorial collective have the time – but we hope to be able to respond to up and coming issues on a timely basis as that is one of the founding reasons of the magazine. The content of the magazine will also provide some archive of issues raised in respect of social work and social care during the Covid-19 crisis and therefore be, we hope, of some use and interest once the magazine no longer operates.

We would particularly like to include: articles describing and analysing policy, policy applications and practices during the Covid-19 crisis in any of the four countries in the UK – both those raising concerns and asking questions and those highlighting positive practices with transferable lessons; articles which critically analyse the response of big business and private capital in respect of the caring professions, during the Covid-19 crisis; articles which underpin solidarity between those using and providing social work and social care services, and with other allied professionals and workers; articles on personal experiences or reflections about receiving or providing services, or lived daily experience in the Covid-19 crisis; any international contributions with learning for the UK around the social work and social care response to the Covid-19 crisis; creative pieces based on experiences under Covid-19; relevant book and film reviews; and, articles which raise issues in social work and social care that are being forgotten about during the Covid-19 crisis (whether or not directly related to Covid-19). 

The editorial collective is committed to a constructive, critical engagement around the responses of big business, Governments,  governmental and non-governmental agencies during the Covid-19 crisis. We’re also committed to plurality of voice and perspective and happy to include articles that come from different perspectives, so long as they’re consistent with core social work values.

Contributors are free to submit items developed from other blogposts, Twitter threads and other writing, so long it is substantially developed from the original and they have the appropriate rights and permissions to do reproduce the material – if you’re unclear about this contact us to discuss. If you are submitting work developed from previously published work please acknoweldge this at the start of the article, and provide a link to the original source.

Articles will be assessed for inclusion by the editorial collective. If we have more articles then we can include for a particular edition then the criteria used to select them will be : currency and timeliness of the issues raised; insightfulness as judged by the editorial collective members; plurality of issues raised in the article (i.e. does it raise substantively different issues other articles, particularly in the same issue?); plurality of voice (we’re keen to see articles from the widest range of people who use, provide, teach and research around social work and social care); and, consistency with social work values as per the IFSW Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles  ( ). If we don’t include an article that does not mean we do not think it has value – just that we do not have space in a particular issue for it. Where members of the editorial collective themselves submit articles those pieces will be assessed and managed by at least two other members of the collective, and judged by the same criteria as above.

Articles will normally be between 500 – 1500 words, with slightly shorter or longer ones accepted at the editors’ discretion. References to web sources in articles are fine however we encourage authors to keep academic references to a minimum. Where references are needed, they should be set out using the UK Harvard Referencing system. 

Articles should respect the confidentiality and anonymity of people using services and colleagues providing direct services. It is up to an author whether or not they name their organisation, or not. We are happy to accept articles written under pseudonyms if writing under your actual name would be a difficulty – please contact us to discuss further.

If you have an idea for an article please contact us about it at: We’ll reply as soon as we can, please bear with us as we’re managing the magazine on top of other full time roles. If you have not had a reply within a week of sending please send us a reminder. 

 Best wishes, good health and solidarity.

The SW2020Covid-19 Editorial Collective

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