30 April 2012

We don’t want to be ‘empowered’, thanks

The fad for empowerment in social work and politics is really about making people comply with state diktat.

21 November 2011

The use and abuse of vulnerable babies

In these austere times, the race for funds leads groups like the NSPCC to issue shocking stats that don't add up.

26 September 2011

Struck off for wanting a better life

Social workers are supposed to encourage people to improve their lot. So why has a Nigerian man been banned for doing that?

13 June 2011

The unhelpful myth that we’re all a bit mad

The notion that everyone is in some way mentally ill distracts attention from those who really need help.

3 February 2011

There is no epidemic of childhood mental illness

The UK government’s new strategy for mental health is a patronising waste of money based on dodgy statistics.

18 January 2011

The therapist’s couch has replaced the pulpit

A new report on women’s mental health shows that religious groups now talk more about psychology than sinning.

13 April 2010

There is no gay white man’s burden

Do-gooding Westerners will only make things worse for Ugandan homosexuals threatened by oppressive new legislation.

7 September 2009

Blaming the public for social work’s problems

Social workers took a lot of flak after the Baby P case, but a government campaign to recruit more is hypocritical.

28 July 2009

The ever-expanding world of mental illness

Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.

8 July 2009

Suspicion of social workers is healthy

Social workers are trying to improve their image post-Baby P, but the fact is they will always be controversial.