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Le Grand review - the marketisation and outsourcing of children’s social care is the aim writes Jolyon Jones (SWAN West Midlands).

“ The game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple” 
Omar Little

Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:14

Forget Birmingham’s children, the Le Grand review of Birmingham’s failing children’s social care department is part of a bigger national political game and Birmingham’s failings are Michael Gove’s opportunities.


Last year, SWAN wrote of Tory ConDem cabinet member and Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attack on social work. Many academics involved in SWAN and others issued a joint letter rejecting his claims in the immediate aftermath.

Now, a matter of weeks later, SWAN is pleased to release the pamphlet, 'In Defence of Social Work: Why Michael Gove is wrong'.


There has been much coverage of Education Secretary Michael Gove's speech discussing child protection to the NSPCC, delivered on Tuesday this week. This included his position on social work and social work education and his feeling that such training involves 'idealistic students being told that the individuals with whom they will work have been disempowered by society' which 'robs individuals of the power of agency and breaks the link between an individual’s actions and the consequences'. 


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