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Social work seminar: The story of Baby P – setting the record straight

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Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Professor Ray Jones and Professor Brian Cathcart

Social work seminar: The story of Baby P – setting the record straight

The School of Social Work at Kingston University and St George's, University of London is delighted to present a series of seminars at their Kingston Hill campus. The seminars will be delivered by leading national and international researchers, policy makers and commentators and focus on issues of topical and contemporary importance. The seminars are open to all staff and students at Kingston University and at St George's, University of London, all staff in local social services organisations in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, and to service users and carers and their organisations who assist with the social work education programmes at the University.

In August 2007 Peter Connelly, aged 17 months, died following horrific abuse. His mother and two men were found guilty in November 2008 of ‘causing or allowing his death'.

This seminar will tell how the media, led by The Sun and its editor, Rebekah Brooks, then launched a campaign of harassment and vilification targeted at social workers and their managers and a paediatrician. It will recount how the press, police and politicians networked together to shape and promote the story and its significant impact on the child protection system across England, an impact which continues in 2014. There will also be reflections on the press and how it should be regulated.

Ray Jones is a professor of social work at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. A registered social worker, from 1992-2006 he was director of social services for Wiltshire (and Swindon), serving a population of 640,000. A former chair of the British Association of Social Workers and the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, for two days each week he now oversees child protection in England in areas judged by Ofsted as ‘inadequate'.

His book ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight' was published by Policy Press in July and has already been re-printed twice. It informed the recent BBC documentary ‘Baby P: The Untold Story'.

Professor Ray Jones will be presenting this seminar alongside Brian Cathcart, a professor of journalism at Kingston University and director of ‘Hacked Off'.

Please be note that this seminar will be starting at a slightly later than usual time of 6.00pm. Please also be aware that places at this event are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to register your attendance!

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Nikita Monteiro
Email: n.monteiro@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

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