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Posh gatekeepers of the net

Posh gatekeepers of the net Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 08 Jan 2014
Associate lecturer Steve Woods explores the Posh and Becks world of Mumsnet.

The dark heart of America

The dark heart of America Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 31 May 2012
Child abuse and deaths from maltreatment are rising in America at a time when child services are being cut, says Dick Skellington

Social work and public perception

Social work and public perception Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
The media reaction when a social worker makes a mistake can be hugely demoralising for the whole profession - and a one-sided view and scary myths...

Protecting our children through tough decisions

Protecting our children through tough decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
Working on a series looking at the lives of social workers reminded Lucy Rai of the challenges of doing the "right" thing.

What do children know about politics, and how do they react?

What do children know about politics, and how do they react? Creative commons image Credit: RedEyedRex under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jul 2011
Dorothy Moss' research suggests children pick up political stories as part of their every day lives - but it's too glib to assume that their adult...

Without the 'Heat' angle, young people cool on politics

Without the 'Heat' angle, young people cool on politics Creative commons image Credit: Keira76 under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 14 Jun 2011
If younger people trust celebrities because they know their private lives, should potential MPs be more like Jade Goody and less like Gordon Brown?

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Credit: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 May 2011
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Ellen & Sasha: Is she anorexic?

Ellen & Sasha: Is she anorexic? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2007
A housemate who cooks but doesn't eat? Can you say something without pressuring her?

Jen: My stressed out friend isn't eating

Jen: My stressed out friend isn't eating Creative commons image Credit: DrGandy under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2007
She doesn't want to worry her friend's parents, but Jen thinks uni has overwhelmed a mate

Ian: Lonely and isolated

Ian: Lonely and isolated Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2007
All Ian wants is a friend. Four-legged or otherwise...