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News in brief - March 2014

Posted on 31 March 2014

First international seminars on child maintenance, message from former student and latest activities from staff and students.

Department academic leads international seminar series

Funded by the ESRC (ES/L000792/1), Dr Christine Skinner chaired the first seminars in a series that hopes to advance knowledge and understanding of the different policy approaches and challenges in dealing with the financial consequences of parental separation and family breakdown. The series takes an international and comparative stance, and the first event drew on expertise from across Europe and the USA. The first seminars took place on 27 and 28 March at the Nuffield Foundation in London and was attended by leading experts, policy-makers, lawyers and researchers.

The next seminar, held in June 2014, will provide PhD students and early career researchers the chance to present their work on gender and social change in developing regions and child maintenance and family separation in East Asia.

  • Details of Seminar 3

'Do stuff you love and make a difference'

This is the message from former York Social Work student Liz Wilson. Liz leads SKIP, a non-profit organisation that supports the education of economically-disadvantaged children in Peru. Liz also presents guest lectures for our students and offers placements for our BA Social Work programme at SKIP Peru. Her recent TEDx Youth@RioTuria talk draws upon her own personal experience as someone whose own education was funded, leading her through university, to now support and raise funding for the education of 300 children.

Recent activities

PhD student Sarah Brooks-Wilson discussed qualitative methods to engaging children in government consultations for the blog Inequalities. Available online.

Dr Antonia Keung wrote for The Conversation on the current position of UK Child Well-being. Available online.

Dr Carolyn Snell presented an expert testimony at the Public Health Advisory Committee on Excess Winter Deaths and Morbidity. Dr Snell cited recent research she conducted with Dr Mark Bevan, highlighting how the combination of welfare reforms, increased energy costs and a lack of availability of fuel poverty support to disabled people of working age is having a profoundly negative impact on quality of life.

Professor Becky Tunstall, Centre for Housing Policy, featured in a BBC News article providing insight into the social cost of recent social housing policies designed to address under-occupancy, commonly referred to as the 'bedroom tax'.