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Learning from Baby P: the politics of blame, fear and denial

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 5.00PM to 8.00pm

Speaker(s): Sharon Shoesmith

Sharon Shoesmith has recently been awarded a PhD for her thesis on the responses to the familial homicide of Baby P. At this event she will focus on what can be learned and how social workers should respond.

The discussion with Sharon will be facilitated by Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and University of East London.

Andrew has special interests in therapeutic and relationship based practice, clinical and practice near research, alternative approaches to public policy analysis and development, and the politics of psychotherapy.Andrew is a qualified and registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and a registered social worker. He practices as a clinical social worker in the Adolescent Family Therapy Service of the Trust. Teaching, researching, and promoting relation ship-based and therapeutic social work has been central to his career, and many of his published works reflect this.

Andrew founded the Centre for Social Work Practice which is a charity dedicated to promoting and developing relationship based social work (  There will also be an opportunity to hear about the work of the Centre.

Join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking evening of debate, discussion and reflection.

For subscribing organisations this event is designated a combined Children's and Adult Services event.

For others there is a fee of £50.

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Location: Main Auditorium, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, University of York