Critical and Radical Social Work is an exciting new journal that will promote debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes. The journal publishes papers which seek to analyse and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neo-liberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression, and understanding and responding to global social problems (such as war, disasters and climate change).
Please support us to reverse the decision to close down the LAAC (Looked After and Adopted Children) Psychology Service at Dudley CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). This service provides dedicated therapeutic support for looked after and adopted children in the Dudley borough as well as support, consultation and training to parents, foster carers, social workers and other professionals.
Below, Liz Davies of London Metropolitan University writes on organised crime against children and investigations following Tom Watson MP’s Prime Minister’s Question and important links to social media as the main source of information about current investigations. Liz encourages you to add supportive comments to the sites listed below. You can contact Liz with any information you have which relates to these enquiries or any questions. She is working with Tom Watson’s small team which is collating the evidence coming to light.
Below you can find Michael Lavalette’s (National Convenor) Report to AGM at the SWAN Conference 2013, Treasurer’s report, AGM minutes / motions passed and the proposed Steering Committee for 2013-14:
You will find below a list of resources from the 8th National Social Work Action Network (SWAN) conference 2013 ‘Defeating the politics of austerity: creating an alternative future’ which took place at London South Bank University from 12-13 April 2013.
Peter Beresford of SWAN writes below of his analysis of the social policy of the Coalition Government, the recent implementation of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the role of the media in artificially associating malignancy with those claiming benefits. SWAN notes that an obvious example of this, was provided by this week’s Daily Mail frontpage labelling Mick and Mairead Philpott, who were convicted of killing 6 children, as being a direct product of ‘vile UK welfare’.
No one can yet say whether the Coalition’s ‘welfare reforms’ will in the long run save money or actually increase public spending. Experts are currently guessing whether they will reduce or increase the relatively low levels of fraud in the system which the evidence has long pointed to. While masquerading as practical policy, this radical round of welfare reforms is actually informed by the crudest ideology and based on the most cynical kind of social psychology. But what’s really important about them is the walk-on parts they demand of the rest of us.
This article by Jolyon Jones, SWAN West Midlands, analyses the threat posed to the welfare of children in care in Birmingham by social impact bonds.
‘By the bye,’ said Mr. Bumble, ‘you don’t know anybody who wants a boy, do you? A porochial ‘prentis, who is at present a dead-weight; a millstone, as I may say, round the parochial throat? Liberal terms, Mr. Sowerberry, liberal terms?’
From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens