Social Welfare

British Philanthropy is Coming of Age but Don't Expect it to Fill the Gaps Left by the State

Charles Keidan | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Charles Keidan

The dramatic emergence in recent years of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American billionaires Giving Pledge and reduced public resources,...

The London Riots: Six Months On

Rupert Duffy | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK
Rupert Duffy

It's been just over six months since the London (and English) riots temporarily turned our streets into a war-zone. I watched my own neighbourhood of Stoke Newington/Dalston resist the violence that flared up in other areas, even though the feeling on the streets was remarkably tense.

The Riots, The PM's Speech: A Wake-Up Call for Social Work

Professor Jonathan Parker | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Professor Jonathan Parker

There is much of merit in the Prime Minister's speech concerning the riots. His emphasis on morality and questions of 'right and wrong' will resonate with many. However, such rhetoric may be an empty vessel unless based on robust research into the causes of and solutions to the social problems to which he refers. A voice to stand up for democratic freedoms is crucial, but so is a need to work within the society that social workers are part in this country if we are to build together, rather than tear down, supportive state welfare that benefits social, political and economic well-being for all.