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Networks Helping Families Escape Social Services: What are the real issues? – @SWSCmedia debate

Channel 4 report on networks that help families escape social services projects a picture of child protection services with persistent failures and consistent misjudgements. The programme includes interviews with various people including Corinne May-Chahal (Co-Chair of the College of Social Work) and John Hemming (Libdem MP for Birmingham Yardley) who assists such families once abroad … Continue reading

Tweets from Gender Debate with Prof. Brigid Featherstone (Brigid39) & Prof. Jonathan Scourfield (@ProfJScourfield) on 17-July-2012

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your views in another rich and lively debate @SWSCmedia. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Our special Thank You to our very special guests Prof. Jonathan Scourfield (@ProfJScourfield) and Prof. Brigid Featherstone (@Brigid39) who shared their knowledge, expertise and wisdom on Gender. Gender is a … Continue reading

Gender and social work: What matters? What works? – Opinion Piece by Prof. Jonathan Scourfield – A #SWSCmedia debate

Join us for a Special Evening with Prof. Brigid Featherstone & Prof. Jonathan Scourfield on Tuesday (17-July-2012) at 8:00 PM UK / 3:00 PM EDT @SWSCmedia.   In advance of the Twitter debate on Tuesday 17th July, here are few thoughts on the theme of gender and social work. Sorry if some of these are blindingly obvious. Gender … Continue reading

Gender and Social Work – What is Gender? – Opinion piece by Prof. Brigid Featherstone – #SWSCmedia debate

Join us for a Special Evening with Prof. Brigid Featherstone & Prof. Jonathan Scourfield on Tuesday (17-July-2012) at 8:00 PM UK / 3:00 PM EDT @SWSCmedia. What is gender? There is a huge literature on this but it is worth explaining what I think is the most useful understanding for social work. I think gender is very much … Continue reading

Adoption Reform: What will change? and What is the way forward? – #SWSCmedia Adoption Reform Debate

The government’s adoption reform is hailed to increase efficiency and improve the current adoption system and practice. However, the reforms have been strongly criticised by some practitioners. Therefore, on Tuesday (12 June 2012) we will explore the adoption reform and examine some of its pros and cons. Below are some of the changes that will take … Continue reading

Michael Gove’s speech on Adoption and slimmed down pre-adoption assessments – #SWSCmedia debate

Source: Department for Education *Please note that the text below may not always reflect the exact words used by the speaker. When I was a news editor at The Times I recognised that each branch of journalism had its own favourite phrases: clichés to some, comforting and reassuring prose landmarks to others. Footballers would always … Continue reading

Michael Gove's speech on Adoption and slimmed down pre-adoption assessments – #SWSCmedia debate

Source: Department for Education *Please note that the text below may not always reflect the exact words used by the speaker. When I was a news editor at The Times I recognised that each branch of journalism had its own favourite phrases: clichés to some, comforting and reassuring prose landmarks to others. Footballers would always … Continue reading


Avoiding Avoidance: Recognising and responding to the risks of resistant and uncooperative parents in child protection – #SWSCmedia Debate

Introduction Parental resistance and avoidance can negatively affect the safety and well-being of children in protection work, posing significant risks   to workers and children as a result of certain forms of power/control dynamics used by a   small     number of very challenging families in child protection work.  The vast majority of interventions from social workers when … Continue reading

#CYBERBULLYING: A Challenging Issue for the 21st Century – Paper by Prof. Ian Rivers – Part of our #CyberStudies & #Liminality Series

Abstract  In this paper I outline the key features of the phenomenon we now call ‘cyberbullying’, including some of the challenges associated with definition, measurement and prevalence estimation. I also offer a brief overview of some of the early ideas surrounding why ‘cyberbullying’ exists. A brief overview of current legislation is offered together with a … Continue reading

Don’t shatter my son’s dreams… – #SWSCmedia Case Study Series on Information Sharing

A young boy aged 14 is diagnosed with HIV, however, because of his age his parents do not want to disclose this information to him. The young person used to receive regular treatments as an outpatient in a local hospital, however, since he turned 14, he and  his parents have no longer engaged with the … Continue reading

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