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Poverty, inequality and social justice

by Joe Whelan  |  6th May 2022

Based on Hidden Voices by Joe Whelan, this policy briefing recommends setting welfare rates at a rate above the poverty line, reframing and reconstituting welfare as a valuable and necessary social good, and moving approaches to welfare away from being sanction based. …Read more

Woman with her face in her hands sitting in front of a baby.
by Kay Cook  |  3rd May 2022

Kay Cook, author of 'The Failure of Child Support', identifies to what extent the gender order is entrenched through the failure of child support to deliver upon children’s right to receive a share of both parents’ resources.…Read more

#BreakTheBias
by Banu Özkazanç-Pan  |  22nd April 2022

Prof Banu Özkazanç-Pan talks about the academic sacrifices she has had to make in order to find support and wellbeing as a woman within an institutional environment, and what might be necessary to bring about a more inclusive academic environment. …Read more

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

For sale sign outside some council houses
by Sanya Naqvi Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan  |  12th April 2022

Sanya Naqvi, Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan trace housing policy initiatives since Thatcher, arguing that its legacy lives on in today’s housing crisis.…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

Cranes flying in the sunset

Colin Yeo, author of 'Refugee Law', considers the UK government’s ‘bespoke’ scheme for those fleeing Ukraine in the context of previous responses to refugee crises going back to WW1. …Read more

Layers of different coloured outlines of heads.
by Peter Beresford  |  31st March 2022

Peter Beresford launches our new series of free webinars, starting on 8 April with ‘Why participatory social policy now?’. How are we going to reform welfare and change people’s hostile attitudes towards it and the people who have to turn to it? And who should be making those suggestions?…Read more

Blue lightbulb on a navy backdrop.
by Jessica Miller  |  30th March 2022

Jessica Miller, author of 'The Policing Mind', calls on us to consider whether we take enough notice of the effect on the minds of police officers of the trauma that they experience on a daily basis. …Read more