During summer 1978 Peter Righton prepared a paper for the 19th International Congress of Schools of Social Work being held in Jerusalem, Israel that August. Robin Huws Jones had been the Principal for the National Institute of Social Work Training since its inception in 1961 and Righton’s employer as MA Lecturer in Social Work and Director of Education until his move to the National Children’s Bureau during 1972, following his ‘enforced resignation’ as chairman of ACCESS [see further here].
In trying to see who might have invited Righton to attend/submit his paper I discovered his former Principal at NISWT, Robin Huws Jones, had become President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work two years before Righton’s invitation. Sounds like the 1978 Congress was quite a celebration.
“In 1976, Stein was followed by Robin Huws Jones of England; his legacy is also preserved in a chapter by Kendall. Under Huws Jones’ watch, the Association’s first Secretary General and long time volunteer Katherine Kendall retired. Her retirement was celebrated during the IASSW Congress in Israel in 1978; IASSW also celebrated its 50th anniversary during this Congress.” [Introduction: A brief journey through the 80 year history of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, Vol 6(1) 2008, Lynne Healey]