SWW Conference 2022 Speaker Feature – Prof. Keith Brown


In the run-up to the 2022 SWW Annual Conference, we’re introducing each of the speakers and sharing some more information about their background and chosen topics. In this second instalment, we have Professor Keith Brown, founding Director of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice, he is also an Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University where the social work department was ranked number 1 in the UK in the 2020 and 2021 Guardian League Table.

In 2005 he was awarded the Linda Ammon memorial prize sponsored by the then Department for education and skills awarded to the individual making the greatest contribution to education and training in the UK. He was awarded a Chartered Trading Standard Institute [CTSI] ‘Institutional Hero’ award in 2017 recognising the significance of his research into financial fraud and scams.

He sits on the DHSC safeguarding advisory board, the joint DHSC and MOJ National Mental Capacity Leadership forum and the Home Office Joint Financial task force.

He has written over 35 textbooks in the fields of social work and leadership and is particularly known for his contributions in the areas of Mental Capacity, Leadership and Fraud prevention. He was also a founder member of the Financial Vulnerability Taskforce co-writing the All Party Parliamentary Group report into fraud within Families.

He has also written national guidance on the mental capacity act, advanced decisions to refuse treatment and Lasting powers of attorney which are widely used in the health and social care sector. For the past 7 years, he has led the National research into fraud and scams on behalf of the National Trading Standards Scams Team and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Since his retirement from a full-time academic post, he has been the Independent Chair of the NHS Safeguarding Adults National Network, the Chair of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Chair of Love Southampton, a body that represents 3 food banks and 4 debt advice centres in Southampton.

Making his SWW Conference debut having come highly recommended to us by fellow speaker Adam Johnson, his talk titled Coercion and control in financial abuse: learning from domestic abuse has us all very excited about what we might learn from his experiences. We’re always delighted to host new speakers, and when they come as highly decorated as this, we’ve no doubt attendees are in for a treat.

To make sure you don’t miss this talk, and any of the other topics and additional workshops taking place at this year’s conference, book your place here. A 2-day ticket costs just £235 for SWW Members, with single-day tickets and accommodation options available too.

For any enquiries, please contact Diane Mandeville: 01522 687 888 / [email protected] – be sure to check our dedicated conference page regularly for updates too!


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