Anticipation builds for this year’s conference and we are very pleased with the list of speakers we have assembled and the quality of the submissions for workshops and paper presentations we have received (including from Australia, Jordan, India, Greece, Ireland and the US). During the last couple of months we have been dealing with lots of practical queries about the event – hopefully this short FAQ will answer many of your questions. We will add to this article as the conference approaches and more common questions are identified.
You may not have heard of Stan Cohen, who has just died, but you will certainly know something of his ideas, and their continuing relevance. Look at the current hysteria around ‘chavs’, ‘asylum seekers’ and ‘shirkers’ or the way Jimmy Savile has come to represent paedophilia (even though we know that most child abuse takes place within the family), and we are likely to come up with the term ‘moral panic’.
Below an activist from SWAN West Midlands writes on cuts to children’s services in Birmingham. He rebuts the popular argument being used by councillors nationwide that residential care services are outdated and always inferior to other forms of provision (in this case, foster care).