Sexual abuse on children: representation of Class, Race and Gender

Muirhead Tower, Room 429, University of Birmingham
Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 17th July 2013 (09:00-17:00)

To confirm your place, please contact Surinder Guru at:  or 0121 415 8481. Places are strictly limited.

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This one-day workshop supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies builds on recent revelations of sexual abuses by high profile public figures such as Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith, and Stuart Hall. These cases have highlighted wider concerns of a culture of abuse in some of our most respected public institutions and the failure of public agencies to protect and listen to young survivors of abuse. By contrast, the coverage of ‘paedophile gangs’ in Oxford, Rochdale and other northern towns have focussed on issues around the race and ethnicity of the men involved. In both situations it seems that the ‘voices’ of survivors of abuse have been challenged or even dismissed.

This cross-disciplinary workshop will benefit from contributions from leading experts in the field and will explore the way these issues are conceptualised and how the academic, policy and practitioner communities can contribute insights to these challenging debates. The workshop will be of interest to those in the field of social policy, social work, sociology, education, health care, criminology, local government, psychology and media studies. This reflects the way claims of sexual abuse have been reported across a range of public spheres from the world of television, music schools and sports.

The workshop will explore the following themes:

  • The nature of public/private discourses evident in the way these issues are debated or ignored across the media, public policy and the world of practice.
  • How does conceptions of power, class, race, gender, sexuality and age operate to influence differential power relations.
  • How can the academic, policy and practitioner communities contribute insights to these issues.

We are particularly keen to attract early career academics, policy makers, practitioners and PhD candidates.

Internal contributors:

  • Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (Assistant Director Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology)
  • Helen Whittle (Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology)

External contributors:

  • Carlene Firmin (University of Bedfordshire)
  • Jacqui Jensen (Director of Children’s Services, Birmingham City Council)
  • Alyas Karmani (Director, STREET)
  • Trish O’Donnell (Development Manager, NSPCC)
  • Pragna Patel (Director, Southall Black Sisters)

To book your place

Places are limited. To confirm your place, please contact Surinder Guru at:  or 0121 415 8481.

For further information, please contact Ricky Joseph at .