Questions on aspects of abuse ...

Sep 24, 2013 by

Abuse of vulnerable adults Some years ago I did some work for a large domiciliary care agency. Apart from the training we offered,...

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Musings on the new podcast

Sep 23, 2013 by

It’s amazing sometimes how the dividing line blurs between the written and the spoken media. However I’m going to try and...

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Social work and the media

Sep 20, 2013 by

Social work and the media One of the things that I offer through David Niven Associates is media training, both basic creation of a...

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Children in the Media

Sep 19, 2013 by

Media portrayal of children Very soon, as part of a wider study, we’re going to send out a survey with regards to the image of...

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Social work challenges

Sep 18, 2013 by

Social Work It’s come to my attention that a survey done by the British Association of Social Workers threw up some startling...

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Daniel Pelka

Sep 17, 2013 by

Daniel Pelka serious case review Today the Serious Case Review for Daniel Pelka was released and, as expected, all the questions were...

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Children at risk in Northern I...

Sep 16, 2013 by

Children I did an interview with BBC Radio Ulster this morning concerning the developing arrests and cases of child sex abuse...

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The age of consent

Sep 13, 2013 by

A significant debate is needed to once and for all tackle the issue of the age of consent throughout Europe (if not wider but perhaps...

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The Image of Social Work

Sep 12, 2013 by

Media training for social workers Again there’s all sorts of talk of social work in the media and how social workers are...

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Under age Facebook accounts

Sep 11, 2013 by

I’d like to talk again about social media and the responsibilities of the bigger players and their role to protect the...

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Social work not soldiers

Sep 9, 2013 by

So the Russians thought to subtly insult us by referring to the UK at the G20 summit as ‘just an insignificant little...

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Child Abuse Linked to Faith or...

Sep 6, 2013 by

I’m looking forward to hearing views from a consultation that we are convening in the South West of England to consider the...

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Frogs in wells

Sep 3, 2013 by

The number of children identified by the UK human trafficking centre who are victims in the UK rose by 12% its still over 2000...

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The Road to Damascus

Aug 30, 2013 by

Inhumanity knows no boundaries and the cruelty inflicted from human to human has only changed with the implements and the methods...

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Images of childhood.

Aug 29, 2013 by

Images of children in the media Looking at the coverage of the atrocities in Syria has made me think once again about the...

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Conflict Resolution.

Aug 28, 2013 by

As most of you probably know, my background was in social work. The underpinning drive in social work is always concerning the...

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Paul Wilson Case

Aug 27, 2013 by

I was talking to BBC Radio West Midlands about the Paul Wilson case and listening to some of the recommendations that would come from...

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What is the future of social w...

Aug 23, 2013 by

What is going on? Over a quarter of authorities in England are now deemed inadequate in some aspects of social services. Today Medway...

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Relative pain

Aug 22, 2013 by

The story of the person who goes into the hospital with a broken leg is in great pain and he’s really uncomfortable when...

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Scamming the airwaves

Aug 21, 2013 by

I must be the most fortunate man in the world, in the last week I’ve been left $4.5 million in a will, had £400,000 left by a...

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A project in the desert

Aug 20, 2013 by

I am a trustee of a charity called The Green House (formally the Avon Sexual Abuse Centre) which provides psychotherapeutic...

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Another Scandal

Aug 19, 2013 by

I read last week of another care home scandal. This one was in Nottinghamshire in Autumn Grange, 11 people were arrested on suspicion...

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Winning verses the truth

Aug 12, 2013 by

There are parts of the legal process that clearly are not as efficient and effective as they could be. The recent case of a Barrister...

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Daniel Pelka

Aug 1, 2013 by  Start: 1.10 Well here we are again. Another little boy murdered sadistically by people who...

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More debate

Jul 30, 2013 by

I was asked to do a radio interview concerning peoples’ worries about the exposure of children to sexualised lads’...

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Warped Priorities

Jul 25, 2013 by

According to Save the Children 1.6 million children in Britain live in poverty. Young children will tonight go to bed hungry, wake up...

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Home and Away

Jul 24, 2013 by

A lot of work was put into what became the 1998 Sexual Offences Act. There were two parts to this legislation. The first part created...

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Sunburn and Social Work

Jul 23, 2013 by This is a link to last night’s BBC radio interview on sunburn and social work (Start:...

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Half Empty / Half Full

Jul 22, 2013 by

So David Cameron has finally decided to do something about internet safety. I quite agree that the way to do it with the large...

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Why is failure so fascinating?

Jul 17, 2013 by

Is it just me or is the world full of blame, enquiries, investigations and failing public services with very little emphasis on those...

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