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The contemporary politics of child protection

40 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RT, Park House, University of Birmingham
Alumni, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences, Students
Tuesday 12th May 2015 (16:30-18:15)
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Professor Nigel Parton

An open masterclass with Nigel Parton, Professor of Applied Childhood, University of Huddersfield.

This is a free masterclass aimed at social work practitioners and students, and other professionals with an interest in child protection.

It is hosted by the Birmingham Social Work Academy and the Public Service Academy at the University of Birmingham.

The masterclass will demonstrate how over the last 40 years concerns about child protection have become increasingly politicised, particularly via a series of high profile scandals. However, these scandals have become something of a proxy for a variety of political debates about the work of health and welfare professionals, particularly social workers, and how their practices can be reformed. As a consequence little serious attention is given to the nature and impact of the social problem of child maltreatment and how this can be overcome. This Masterclass will consider the implications of these developments and how they might be addressed.

Nigel Parton has worked in various guises at the University of Huddersfield since 1977 and is now a part time Professor of Applied Childhood. A social worker by background he has authored and co-authored over 20 books on the broad topics of child abuse, child protection and social work and his latest book is 'The Politics of Child Protection: Contemporary Developments and Future Directions' published by Palgrave in 2014 which provides the basis for this Masterclass.

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