School of Social and Political Science

Ensuring Ethical Social Work With Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Online event
12 May 2021
13:00 - 14:00


Virtual Event Via Microsoft Teams


UNISON Scotland Social Work Issues Group & University of Edinburgh Social Work – Good Social Work in the Time of Covid-19

Lunchtime Webinar Series No. 5

Although barely mentioned in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary campaign, the issue of this country’s treatment of asylum seekers who seek refuge here, and other migrant groups, remains a controversial issue at the heart of UK politics. With their huge majority in Westminster the Tories, with Home Secretary Priti Patel in the driving seat, seem determined to carry out their 2019 election pledge to allow inward migration from only those they favour.  Asylum seekers are amongst the most marginalised and disadvantaged groups in society, as are other refugee and migrant groups. Their interface with social work services is inevitable and sometimes problematic: whilst trade unions and professional associations advise social workers to uphold professional values, there are other forces at work that see social work as an extension of immigration controls. 

If you would like further information about this event, please contact Avril McIvor: A.McIvor[at] 

Key speakers

  • Debora Kayembe, Rector of Edinburgh University, human rights lawyer and former refugee
  • Keith Moore-Milne a frontline manager from Glasgow whose team specialises in work with asylum seekers and the Roma community
  • Tim Lehuraux from Positive Action in Housing – a Glasgow based support and campaigning 3rd sector organisation

Partner institutions

  • UNISON Scotland Social Work Issues Group