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Monday 14 November at 6 pm
at University of East London
Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

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Learning from Baby P
Learning from Baby P
is published in paperback by
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
at £15.99.
Seminar and book launch at the
Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London

Sharon Shoesmith
Learning from Baby P

The politics of blame, fear and denial

What gets in the way of making effective decisions in child protection work?

The deaths of children at the hands of their parents and carers in recent years have often made headlines. Examples include Victoria Climbie, Peter Connelly (Baby P), Daniel Pelka and, most recently, Liam Fee. Social work is often castigated as a failing profession and is continually accused of failing to intervene appropriately when child abuse is suspected or identified. The public and politicians target, blame and scapegoat individual social workers, managers and directors of children’s services. Research shows how difficult it is to identify signs of abuse at the time rather than with hindsight. The defensiveness of organisations may contribute to the failure of social work professionals to react correctly. Nevertheless, child protection in the UK, as measured by the relatively low levels of child abuse deaths, compares favourably with other countries in Europe.

The Centre for Social Work Research presents a seminar on this issue of great concern, in which Dr Andrew Whittaker, Dr Anna Gupta and Dr Sharon Shoesmith will discuss the differences between theory and practice and will consider what gets in the way of effective decision making in child protection work, and how we can make better decisions in these cases.

After the seminar, there will be the book launch of Learning from Baby P. Sharon Shoesmith will introduce the book and read excerpts from it.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

Past events and news


Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
in conversation

Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture