Looked After Children: Then and Now

Dr Vanessa Richardson, Research Associate, Keele University and independent scholar.

Link to Looked After Children: Then and Now event
Wednesday, 1st May, 2019
16:00 - 17:30
University of Chester Riverside Campus

In 2017, the President of the Family Division, said there is a ‘seemingly relentless rise in the number of new care cases… Our objective in everything we do is, of course, the welfare of the child. But the child is not the problem. In so far as there is “a problem”, it lies with the parent. And mothers with problems can have many children, too many of them in due course becoming the subject of care proceedings’ (Munby, 2017).

Focusing on the evolution of child protection law since the Poor Laws, the purpose of this talk is to trace the role of the child’s relationship with their birth family, especially mothers, in the law’s decisions about what is best for children’s welfare. Drawing on two research projects, involving young adults who have lived in care and mothers who have had children taken into care, this talk highlights the significance of the maternal relationship in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of successive generations of children. It points to the type of statutory intervention available to assist the relationship between mother and child and it highlights a need to address experiences of harm in a more intergenerational way.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (r.whiteley@chester.ac.uk, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.

Dr Vanessa Richardson