By Majella Kilkey The ongoing pandemic has spotlighted the underlying fragility of England’s social care system. Much of the attention has been focused on residential care homes, in which the first wave of the pandemic saw an extraordinary number of excess deaths among residents. The majority of older people in England who receive care for… Continue reading ‘Ageing in place’: austerity, hostility and the pandemic
By Calum Webb "The poorer you are in this country, the more likely you are to have social work intervention in your family life. Nobody is talking about challenging the government on poverty and the poverty that their policies have created, sustain, and are making worse." - Moraene Roberts, September 2019 In preparation for writing… Continue reading Child protection and removal: the hidden inequality
By Julie Walsh and Asma Khan It’s Monday 23rd March, and Boris Johnson broadcasts the historic statement: ‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home’. On April 1st – just a week later – we are due to start fieldwork for the ESRC… Continue reading Collaborative research: the potential of COVID contingencies.
By Robin Sen and Christian Kerr (Social Worker) The recent removal of procedural safeguards for children in care in England without consultation, via Statutory Instrument 445 (‘SI445’), has reignited concerns about the de-regulation of children’s services in England (Sen, 2020). Linked to questions of de-regulation has been growing consternation about increasing private sector involvement in… Continue reading Privatisation, Profit Making and Children’s Services – A Tangled Web?