swtpPoverty is a multi-dimensional problem that affects many areas of people’s lives and, due to the stresses and strains of daily struggle, impacts upon their relationships with the services and professionals whose role it is to support them. 

ATD Fourth World, in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks to redress this situation by bringing together families living in poverty, academics and social work practitioners to produce a training programme that reflects the needs and concerns of those in the field while also finding new ways to address the issues service users wish to tackle.

In covering themes such as the relationship between poverty and shame, the impact of material deprivation upon social work practice and the politics of respect and recognition, the result is a Social Worker Training Programme teaching module that can be delivered by service users to social workers and students alike..