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A combination of 10 Local Authorities, 3 Universities, After Adoption as the third sector partner and the Public Improvement Board (PIB) makes up the independent entity that is Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA).

Our work is funded by the Department for Education and we have recently been successful in securing a further period of funding until March 2019. Work is underway to ensure that the work we do can be sustained post-funding.


Our partner local authorities include; Bolton, BuryManchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan. University partners include, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and University of Salford, After Adoption, and the Public Improvement Board.

What do we do?

Our primary aim is to drive up social work standards across Adult, Children and Mental Health Social Work Service.

Collectively, employers and Universities work together to recruit, educate, retain, and continue to develop the best calibre of social workers across Greater Manchester.

There is a commitment from three Universities across Greater Manchester to continue to recruit the best calibre social work students onto Social Work placements, to provide a good standard of academic teaching, and practiced-based learning in statutory social work.

The GMSWA partnership offer also includes post-qualification continued professional development to social work employers across Greater Manchester. There is a commitment, bound by a Memorandum of Commitment signed by 10 local authorities and a third sector partner and the PIB, to work collectively to support a Greater Manchester approach to developing and retaining good social workers in the region.

We look to improve social work standards across Greater Manchester in various ways such as providing interview opportunities, continued professional development and different routes into the Social Work profession.