Surrogacy and Child welfare

I was curious to read this article https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2016/dec/14/what-social-workers-need-to-know-about-surrogacy published this week  about surrogacy in the UK.  I was initially rather confronted by the tone of the article – it came across as rather “anti-surrogacy”. Having had a second read though, I can more clearly see the concern expressed by the author about the genuine risks associated with surrogacy… whenContinue reading “Surrogacy and Child welfare”

Violence and the media

I really appreciated this article which justifiably criticises the persistently abominable way in which violence and abuse (particularly against women and children) is portrayed in the media.  The abuse of vulnerable people should never EVER be an opportunity for media clickbait and titillation.  Until the media and our society takes this issue seriously, we areContinue reading “Violence and the media”

2016 Reflections

A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn’t yet know.  Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown – 12 days until departure).  For most of this year,Continue reading “2016 Reflections”