Social Work Book Group with Professor Dorothy E Roberts [INTERNATIONAL BOOK GROUP EVENT]

  • Amanda Taylor-Beswick (Organiser)
  • Ariane Critchley (Organiser)
  • Professor Dorothy E Roberts (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


In 2020, pressing questions exist around the impact of child welfare and protection measures on already disadvantaged communities; about whose children come under the investigation and care of the state, and with what outcomes for families. Published in 2002, Shattered Bonds offered a strong and convincing account of the disproportionate representation of black children in the U.S. foster care system and the effects on black communities and the country as a whole. Tying the origins and impact of this disparity to racial injustice, Dorothy Roberts contended that child-welfare policy reflects a political choice to address startling rates of black child poverty by punishing parents instead of tackling poverty’s societal roots. Readers across the world are now rediscovering this powerful book and wondering about the relevance of Roberts’ insightful analysis to the present moment. Join us to consider the book, and the implications for social work.
Period14 Oct 2020
Held atSchool of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Degree of RecognitionInternational