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Watery red, blue and yellow paint.
by Rebecca Megson-Smith with Brid Featherstone  |  22nd April 2022

An impact case study of 'Re-imagining Child Protection' by Brid Featherstone, Susan White and Kate Morris, highlighting the resonance the book had for those working within both policy and practice spheres.…Read more

Graffiti of two arrows on a wall
by Michael Lavalette  |  21st April 2022

Marking ten years of the Critical and Radical Social Work journal, Michael Lavalette tells the story of the emergence of the radical social work movement and the Social Work Action Network, and the role the journal has played in this.…Read more

Refugee camp .
by Sarah Adjekum  |  11th April 2022

Sarah Adjekum considers the recent media coverage of Ukrainian refugees which betrays an underlying difference in attitude towards refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Discourse on Ukrainian refugees frames ‘Other’ (non-White) refugees as threats in waiting, and in turn influences how Western nations frame their response to refugees and increase restriction on their rights.…Read more

Child taking pictures.
by Steve Rogowski  |  14th March 2022

Steve Rogowski charts the rise and fall of the social work profession since the 1970s as managerialism has led to the rationing of resources and the management of risk. But there are ways to challenge the new status quo.…Read more

Black and white ferns that are curled up at the top.
by Ian Hyslop  |  26th January 2022

Ian Hyslop, author of 'A Political History of Child Protection', considers the disproportionality of Māori children in state care in NZ – another example of bias against indigenous peoples in Anglophone countries across the world. …Read more

'Top 10' neon sign
by Bristol University Press and Policy Press  |  22nd December 2021

Transforming Society's most read articles from 2021, brought to you by Bristol University Press and Policy Press.…Read more

Pigeons on Scaffolding
by Caroline McGregor and Pat Dolan  |  20th September 2021

Caroline McGregor and Pat Dolan consider the dichotomy of social work being both a force for change as well as being complicit in reinforcing social, health and economic inequalities.…Read more

by Bob Hudson  |  20th August 2021

Bob Hudson, author of 'Clients, Consumers or Citizens?: The Privatisation of Adult Social Care in England', identifies three essential steps to changing the conversation around how social care can improve people's lives.…Read more

by Brid Featherstone Anna Gupta and Kate Morris  |  5th August 2021

Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta and Kate Morris argue for the light that COVID-19 has shone on the inequalities scarring our society to include in its focus child protection and its relationship to wider social and economic policies. …Read more

picture of a coat that looks like a grave.

Mariela Neagu charts child protection policy shifts over the years, a history of good intentions that often led to abuse, lost childhoods and struggling adults.…Read more