Problem children – why blame the parents, not the schools?

When pupils misbehave or fail to achieve their potential, it’s the parents who ae blamed. When they skip school parents can be imprisoned. The slightest “deviation” can cause teachers to call in social workers, educational psychologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists and child psychologists to intervene the family. And every now and again, some politician claims that teachersContinue reading “Problem children – why blame the parents, not the schools?”

Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families

In current UK practice, families are often matched with social workers and case workers who can best understand them. This means that, ideally, queer social services clients are matched with queer social workers, and minority clients with minority social workers, and so on. But there isn’t really a “so on” because that’s where it stops.Continue reading “Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families”