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Ordinary Magic and the New Beginnings' Maternal Commons

Ordinary Magic and the New Beginnings’ Maternal Commons By Jad, Matthew, Mellissa and Rhianna* When the news of the lockdown broke (Jad) On Thursday the 12th of March, it was Week 5 on the New Beginnings Programme and we were in the midst of covering Trust and Remembering when I heard my phone buzzing. Someone was trying to get hold of me and they weren’t giving up. It bothered me. Everyone I knew, knew I was in group on a Thursday so whatever it was, it must have been urgent. I checked my phone and the messages were from a friend and colleague at Lancaster who was telling me to look at my emails urgently as the University was about to shut down. The team wanted to know what the Director of

A serious case of optimism? A response to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review

A serious case of optimism? A response to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review (This article was first published on Community Care website https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2020/03/18/government-advisers-critique-optimism-bias-misses-child-protection-system/) Within child protection social work, ‘the rule of optimism’ is a term that has gained considerable leverage in the context of serious case reviews (SCRs) within the UK. Often employed as a means of explaining social workers’ naivety and inaction alongside poor risk assessment and decision-making, the rule of optimism enables its users to bypass the complexity of practice and social workers’ structural conditions. Recently however, the a

 

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