The internet and social media: challenges for child and family social work

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Tuesday 20 September 2016, 1.30PM to 4.00pm

Speaker(s): Jenny Simpson, The Open University

‌Jenny Simpson is a social worker and academic who is currently undertaking a PhD in this field of work. The arrival of the Internet and social media has led to level of take up by children and young people that has redefined what we all understand as interacting with others. There are a range of views about these changes within the field of child and family social work, and the stated positions are influencing how practitioners identify and deal with the risks (pornography, violence, bullying, sexual solicitation and commercial exploitation) and opportunities (learning, communication, creativity, expression and entertainment) associated with these media.


In this seminar, Jenny will explore the debate in relation to a series of wider social discourses on childhood and risk, which includes the controversial notion that the profession is a harbinger of moral panic and that the management of risk has been broadened from child protection to child safety. Delegates will learn about current research in this field, and what they can do as child and family social work practitioners to meet the challenges of working in a culture that is dominated by social media.


Jenny Simpson is a regional academic manager working for The Open University on its undergraduate social work programme in the south of England. As a social work practitioner, she specialised in children and family social work, in particular foster care. She has also worked extensively with educational establishments in the area of child protection and building resilience in Looked After Children.

For subscribing organisations this is a Children's Services event.

For others there is a fee of £95

Bursaries are available for students and for staff and volunteers from voluntary and community groups and charities; please ask for details.

Location: Conference Suite, Innovation Centre, York Science Park, University of York

Email: spsw-mrc@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 321237