Book now for the inaugural SWAN North East Conference will take place at Teesside University, Middlesbrough on Saturday 17th November 2012. The theme of the conference: Practising in a Cold Climate looks at developing positive and progressive practice at a time of major national cuts to services. There will be a variety of workshops on sharing practitioners experiences across the region and looking at how to best collate evidence to positively influence decision makers and the media portrayals of our work regionally.
Black to the Future: Con-Dem’s plan to reintroduce colour-blindness and disable mixed ethnicity children by Sarah-Kate Bennett and Jolyon Jones (2012): SWAN West Midlands
In the last year alone cuts of £1.86bn were made to Children’s Services across the country . The Con-Dem’s ‘great policy initiative’ for vulnerable children focused on early removal by the state and placement through adoption at minimal cost to the public purse. The adoption conundrum according to David Cameron, is that “people are flying all over the world to adopt babies while the care system at home agonises about placing black children with white families” . This supply and demand analogy is all too characteristic of a government that continues to push for marketised solutions to nuanced and complex circumstances.