41 / SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH LAW

Social Work Practice and the Austerity Measures

9 – 16 June 2013        Send to printer


Course directors

Richard Hester, The Open University, UK, United Kingdom
Janet Jamieson, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Đuka Stakić, Penn State University, Brandywine, United States
Joe Yates, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom


Course description:

The symposium focuses on providing space to critically reflect on the extent to which theory and research have been employed by those in power to inform and legitimize policy and practice in the field of ‘youth justice’ or, more broadly, ‘children in conflict with the law’.

Particular attention will be paid to how ‘global’ knowledge can be mobilized to develop effective and humane responses to ‘children in trouble’ and how this can be developed and sustained in order to influence practice. Symposium participants will also pay attention to the all important consideration of ‘local’ transferability of practice models including the processes of interpretation and implementation.

As the soi disant ‘austerity measures’ are felt across Europe and other parts of the globe, social work practitioners may be asking the question- ‘How will this new age of austerity impact on my practice and the lives of those with whom I work?’ In the field of youth justice (or work with young people in conflict with the law), the impact of this reduction in public welfare may be felt in terms of the following: overall reduced resources and services, a further intensification of target driven culture, ‘payment by results’ – monetisation of social work time, redeployment and redundancies of staff, an increase in crime (or fear of crime) as a result of increased relative deprivation , an erosion of professional standards – qualifications.


Course lecturers

Steve Case, Swansea University, United Kingdom
Ružica Jurčević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Linda Rothman, HAN University of Applied Science, Netherlands
Janet Jamieson, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Richard Hester, The Open University, UK, United Kingdom
Rod Earle, The Open University, UK, United Kingdom


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