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Birmingham Brief: Child protection system does not need a political game of 'tough and tougher'

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Professor Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families) in the School of Social Policy, writes for the 'Birmingham Brief'.
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12/03/2015

Child protection system does not need a political game of 'tough and tougher'

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On 3 March 2015, in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, the Prime Minister announced that professionals such as social workers and teachers could face criminal charges for 'wilful neglect' and up to five years in prison if they fail to report child abuse. In a party political game of tough and tougher, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, also called for a 'crusade' against child abuse and 'mandatory reporting'. But are new crimes really what the child protection system needs?
Date:
12/03/2015

Child protection system does not need a political game of 'tough and tougher'

Description
On 3 March 2015, in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, the Prime Minister announced that professionals such as social workers and teachers could face criminal charges for 'wilful neglect' and up to five years in prison if they fail to report child abuse. In a party political game of tough and tougher, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, also called for a 'crusade' against child abuse and 'mandatory reporting'. But are new crimes really what the child protection system needs?
Date:
12/03/2015

Listen to the stars at the Arts & Science Showcase

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Have you ever seen animal-shaped clouds in the sky? Or faces in nature? Ever wondered if you can listen to music created by the stars? The University of Birmingham's Arts and Science Festival returns for the third year with the theme 'Sight & Sound'; how what you see and hear affects the way your mind works and how we perceive the world around us.
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12/03/2015

Superdiverse! The challenges of a new paradigm for research and practice

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Susanne Wessendorf, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) to give keynote lecture at forthcoming conference in The Hague.
Date:
12/03/2015

Unloved and sidelined: Why are social sciences neglected by politicians?

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Jon Glasby contributes to recent Guardian article profiling the social sciences and how they could be affected by a change of government and policy priorities.
Date:
12/03/2015

Voices of Birmingham Bullring markets

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A new video has been released by the TLANG research team, entitled 'Voices of Birmingham Bullring Markets'.
Date:
11/03/2015

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter
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The talk by Michael Semple provided an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. It suggested that flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It explored linkages between the Afghan conflict and the broader conflict in the Middle East and South Asia and consider the prospects for conflict transformation in Afghanistan. Michael drew on his experience as a UN and EU official and as a mediator as well as current research.
Date:
11/03/2015

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter
Description
The talk by Michael Semple provided an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. It suggested that flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It explored linkages between the Afghan conflict and the broader conflict in the Middle East and South Asia and consider the prospects for conflict transformation in Afghanistan. Michael Semple drew on his experience as a UN and EU official and as a mediator as well as current research.
Date:
11/03/2015

Is social harm preventable?

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In a new book 'Harmful Societies: Understanding social harm', Simon Pemberton, an expert on social harm, compares rates of social harms across 31 OECD countries.
Date:
11/03/2015
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