Since its inception in June 2004, the Special Interest group has successfully raised awareness of the relevance of sexuality issues as critical to social work knowledge, and to service users and carers’ everyday lives through hosting a series of conferences events (London South Bank University (2006), Salford University (2007), Glasgow Caledonian University (2010), Nottingham Trent University (2012)) and through producing previous special issues. The group has a successful record for producing special issues for social work journals: Social Work Education (2008) and Practice: Social Work in Action (2009). The group’s membership includes social work practitioners, educators, students and service users.
Since 2013, the interest group’s membership has expanded internationally to include members from Western European nations, Middle Eastern nations, Canada, United States and Australia. Many of its members are actively leading new research and scholarship on sex and sexuality.
The group is currently co-Chaired by Alfonso Pezzella, Lecturer at Middlesex University London, United Kingdom and Dr Melissa Bird, Social Worker in the United States of America.