This international group of social work (and associate) academics, with practitioner, student, service user and carer allies, aims to extend and strengthen the knowledge base by: - Providing a friendly and safe forum for discussion and dissemination of ideas; - Sharing and developing ideas for research and teaching activity; - Supporting and sustaining members' interests and endeavours; - Contributing to and collaborating on research projects and publications. The group was developed to encourage international collaborations in social work research, education and practice developments. Since its inception in June 2004, the group has gained over hundred email members from social work education and practice settings across the UK, EU, Australia and North America and has developed a strong basis for generating new knowledge and practice innovations in the field of sexuality studies and social work. During this time, the 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 symposium events (London South Bank University 2006, Salford University 2007, Glasgow Caledonian University 2011, Nottingham Trent University 2012) and publishing peer-reviewed articles and special interest papers. The group has also played an important function in giving members the opportunity to flag issues relating to anti-oppressive practice, such as challenging heterosexism and trans*/homophobia in social work practice and higher education, and campaigning for social equality.