Revisiting Moral Panics: A Critical Examination of 21st Century Social Issues and Anxieties

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Social and Political Science

Abstract

We live in a world that is increasingly characterised as full of risk, danger and threat (Beck, 1999; Bauman, 2006). Every day a new social issue emerges to assail our sensibilities and consciences: today, elder abuse and trafficked children, tomorrow, who knows? Whether we are academics, researchers, policy makers, welfare practitioners or simply members of the public, we feel paralysed as to know how to respond; we do not know what to do and whom to trust.

This seminar series will examine some 21st century social issues and anxieties through the concept of moral panic, introduced as a field of social scientific study in the early 1970s by the sociologists Cohen and Young. The series will bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners, journalists and service users to debate and discuss the place of moral panics in policy and practice today, examining different 'case study' examples. Presentations will address a series of key questions:
- What is this social issue or anxiety about?
- What is held up as evidence of this social concern?
- Who are its subjects?
- Who are the claims-makers/moral entrepreneurs who are leading on this issue?
- How does this issue connect to wider social concerns and tensions?
- What is significant about the historical moment at which the panic develops?
- What are the consequences of these moral panics?
- What lessons are to be learned?

The idea for the series emerged in the discipline of social work. Social work has a strong historical association with moral panics centred on child prostitution, problem families and juvenile delinquency, to name just three. The series will be much broader, however, encompassing social concerns and participants from social work, social anthropology, social policy, socio-legal studies, sociology, history, psychology, education, policy studies and politics. It will involve leading international social scientists who have contributed to this subject over many years, and encourage a debate with and between academic and non-academic audiences.

It is planned to host the three international events in Edinburgh, Bath and Cardiff, led by colleagues from different disciplines, and bringing participants from across the UK as well as special guest speakers from the US and Canada:
1) Moral panics and the family, to be held in Edinburgh in Nov 2012 led by Prof Viviene Cree, Prof Janet Carsten & Dr Houston;
2) Moral Panics and children & youth, to be held in Bath in April 2013 led by Prof Ian Butler, Dr Gary Clapton & Dr Louise Jackson;
3) Moral Panics and the state, to be held in Cardiff in Nov 2013 led by Prof Mark Drakeford, Mr Mark Smith & Dr Michael Rosie.

These intensive one-day events will be managed as mini-conferences, with a mix of keynote speeches and workshops with both full and shorter 'spotlight' paper presentations from PG students, early career researchers & practitioners. Poster presentations will be displayed in the foyer at each event. Seminars will each have around 60 participants. Co-Is will attend as many seminars as possible, encouraging forward-feeding of ideas and experience; participants are likely to be restricted to one location, depending on numbers. Presenters will have opportunities to be part of published outcomes, both formal and informal. A series website and e-mail list will foster collaboration and dissemination during and after the series. The seminar series will be organised through the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), a hub of cutting-edge research on children, families and relation

Planned Impact

Who will benefit?
The seminar series will have widespread appeal to academics in the UK and beyond from a wide range of disciplines including social sciences, the arts, law and divinity. The topics under investigation are at the heart of intellectual debate across disciplines, and at the same time, are of major concern to a non-academic audience. It will also be a good platform for social work academics, including early researchers & PG students. The main non-academic beneficiaries of knowledge arising from this seminar series are anticipated to be policy makers and advisers in government (UK, England, Scotland and Wales) and practitioners (those working as managers and practitioners in local authority (LA) education, health and social service departments and third sector agencies - voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprise organisations operating in the field of social welfare. The series will also be of interest to journalists and to service users and members of the public as well as to the various pressure groups which campaign for and against some of the issues identified in the series.

How will they benefit?
Policy beneficiaries: Research demonstrates that moral panics often lead to the scape-goating of individuals and groups as 'other', as well as policy responses which can be experienced as repressive and punitive (Cohen, 1972, Young, 2009). It is anticipated that the presentations (paper and poster), discussion and outputs (on the website and in journal and book form) will make a real contribution to informing policy and formulating more progressive initiatives in relation to responses to social issues and anxieties.

Practice beneficiaries: Those who attend the seminars or access the outputs will, it is hoped, gain a new critical awareness of the negative impact of moral panics on people's lives. Moreover, better policy and legislative responses will lead, in turn, to better, more balanced approaches to those who find themselves caught up in social issues and anxieties (whether as 'victims' and 'perpetrators'), and contribute to the development of improved practice in social welfare and public services.

Society as a whole: The seminar series is not as an end in itself, but the beginning of the development of a new approach to social issues and anxieties, one which builds on synergies between the academy and policy & practice organisations, rather than simply amplifying concerns about risk and danger. The series will thus act as a springboard to the creation of a new scepticism about moral panics which has the potential to benefit all citizens. We anticipate that the series will lead to further collaborative events where we can continue to learn from each other's perspectives. Having a critical and engaged community will be a valuable asset to the UK as a whole.

Publications

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Title BBC TV series 
Description PI met and advised writer (Nicole Taylor) of BBC TV series on 'touch and looked after young people', to be broadcast in 2019. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Too early to tell - but may contribute to challenging of societal attitudes. 
URL https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/nicole-taylor
 
Title Book festival workshop 
Description Invitation to lead a workshop at Portobello Book Festival entitled 'writing about moral panics', in September 2018. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Too early to tell, but hopefully broadly educational and challenging assumptions. 
 
Title Play 
Description PI acted as adviser to writer (Frances Poet) of play on 'stranger danger', to be performed at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre in April-May 2018. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Too early to tell what the impact will be but the play aims to challenge societal attitudes. Invitation to take part in Q&A after the world premiere of the play. Also invitation to lead a session at Portobello Book Festival in September 2018 on 'writing about moral panics'. 
URL https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event-detail/1381/gut.aspx
 
Description Aims, objectives and plans
The overall aim was to examine some 21st century social issues and anxieties through the concept of moral panic, first brought to public attention 40 years ago in Cohen's influential study, Folk Devils and Moral Panics. The series had three broad objectives: knowledge creation and capacity building, knowledge exchange and collaborations, and dissemination. All have been met fully over the course of the seminar series; the seminar series has proved to be a launch-pad for a range of outputs and further research.

1) Knowledge creation and capacity building - the four events brought together around 200 people from the UK and beyond to discuss and debate a wide range of social anxieties. Some people attended only one event; some came to all four, and through this, we were able to build a community of interest around our topic. The inter-disciplinary focus was kept throughout. Postgraduate students and early career researchers were given financial assistance to pay for travel so that they could give papers at the seminars.

2) Knowledge exchange and collaborations - as stated, the seminars offered an opportunity for researchers to meet practitioners and policy-makers in dialogue. However, the 'reach' of the series has been much greater than this, through additional events, conferences, seminars and lectures, as well as through television and newspaper media, social media (blogs and Twitter) and formal academic publications. This information is detailed below.

3) Dissemination - all opportunities for dissemination have been taken; as a result, the series has contributed to public debate on some of the most pressing issues of the day, and there is an extensive programme of activities still to come, as detailed below.

The series was delivered as a cross-UK, inter-disciplinary project. Although the original idea emerged from within Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, eight other disciplines contributed to the organising committee and the events. These included: Social Anthropology, Sociology, History, Law, Divinity, Education, Psychology and Social Policy, at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bath, Queen's Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow Caledonian. Practitioners from social work and voluntary agencies and government as well as representatives from user and carer groups attended the seminars. Postgraduate students and early career researchers were funded to give papers, and also contributed to the publications.

The initial plan was for an 18 month project involving three 'mini-conferences' with time set aside at each event for lectures, papers, a panel, networking and discussion. The series was extended to two years with four seminars, in response to its overall success.

The seminars
Seminars were held in November 2012 in Edinburgh; May 2013 in Bath; November 2013 in Cardiff and Glasgow 2014 in Glasgow, and attended by around 200 people in total. A small charge was made for attendance at the seminars, with subsidised places given to those who delivered papers and free places allocated to postgraduate and early career researchers (ECRs) who gave papers and to representatives of user and carer groups. In addition, travel bursaries were awarded to three ECRs and international research students from the US and New Zealand, all of whom gave papers at the seminars.

The format for the seminars allowed time for both input and discussion:
• Morning: keynote speeches and questions & answers
• Lunch and networking
• Afternoon: paper presentations and discussion in small groups
• Panel and plenary discussion, followed by networking

Seminar 1 (Edinburgh): two international keynote speakers (from US and Israel) and two from England addressed the audience of 70 participants in the morning; 9 researchers gave papers in the afternoon.

Feedback included: "Very good opportunities for networking - thank you". "I found the mix of speakers, topics, workshops and participants very stimulating". "Organisation and pace excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. Will seek to attend further events and to follow the topic closely".

Seminar 2 (Bath): two keynote speakers from England and one from Scotland addressed the audience of 30 participants in the morning; 7 researchers gave papers in the afternoon.

Feedback included: "Some great presentations and contributions." "Lots of food for thought and potential collaboration". "The seminar provided space for much needed dialogue about moral panic theory and the enduring analytical and explanatory power".

Seminar 3 (Cardiff): one keynote speaker from Wales and two from England addressed the audience of 43 participants in the morning; 12 researchers gave papers in the afternoon.

Feedback included: "Very stimulating discussion as well as excellent presentations." "Really interesting event, useful interdisciplinary contributing to an interesting and enjoyable day - thanks."

Seminar 4 (Glasgow): two keynote speakers from England and one from Scotland addressed the audience of 50 participants in the morning; 12 researchers gave papers in the afternoon.

Feedback included: "Talking across disciplines and between academy and practice - great!"
"Intellectually very stimulating. Important that this was an interdisciplinary project." "Thought provoking. Stimulating day".

Other outputs
The series has had extensive outputs through various media, including 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book series, a book and book chapters, 3 podcasts, over 30 blogs, newspaper articles and appearances on radio and TV. The series has also had a lively presence on social media, especially on Twitter, led by the PI (@VivCree). The outputs are detailed in full under the Narrative Impact section of this website.
Exploitation Route Our findings have already had significant impact on government and on policy and practice across the UK and this will continue in the months and years ahead.
Sectors Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL http://moralpanicseminarseries.wordpress.com
 
Description Our findings have already been used in a wide variety of ways, through a range of knowledge exchange activities and events, and through our contributions to policy discussions on a range of social concerns, including child sexual exploitation, child trafficking, historical abuse and female genial mutilation. The series has also led to further research, outlined below. Outputs include 18 journal articles, a book and book series, 3 podcasts, over 30 blogs and a number of radio and TV interviews: Gary Clapton (Nov 2012) Interview on 'Call Kaye', BBC Radio Scotland current affairs programme. Viviene Cree (Nov 2012) Interview on 'Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross', BBC Radio Scotland religious affairs programme. Viviene Cree (Nov 2014) Interview on 'Scotland 2014', BBC2 Scotland, http://t.co/VkigUB8XpZ/ Also: Helen McArdle (22 Nov 2012) 'Society at risk of damaging moral panic over Savile scandal', http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/society-at-risk-of-damaging-moral-panic-over-savile-scandal.19486554 Viviene Cree (23 Nov 2012) 'The Jimmy Savile revelations are causing a classic moral panic' http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2012/nov/23/jimmy-savile-moral-panic Viviene Cree and Heather Piper (25 Nov 2012) 'Moral panic surrounding issues of the day are making things worse, experts claim' http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/moral-panic-surrounding-issues-of-the-day-1455903 Viviene Cree: (27 Nov 2012) 'When panic takes over we lose a sense of perspective', http://www.scotsman.com/news/viviene-cree-when-panic-takes-over-we-lose-a-sense-of-perspective-1-2661578 Tiffany Jenkins (10 Jan 2013) 'Don't Let Moral Panic over Jimmy Savile Win', http://www.scotsman.com/news/comment-don-t-let-moral-panic-over-savile-win-1-2727662 Viviene Cree (10 Feb 2013) 'Moral Panics for the 21st Century', http://swscmedia.com/2013/02/moral-panics-for-the-21st-century-opinion-piece-by-prof-viviene-cree-for-swscmedia-debate/ Viviene Cree (25 March 2013) 'The definition of social work is still up for grabs', http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2013/mar/25/definition-social-work-up-for-grabs Viviene Cree (6 Dec 2013) 'What is the role of social work in moral panics?', http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog+society/children Viviene Cree (11 Nov 2014) Interview on BBC1 Scotland's Reporting Scotland and BBC2 Scotland 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pfjvp/ Viviene Cree (Jan 2015) Interview for the BBC2's The Cultural Front, on women in the First World War. Podcasts 1) Podsocs (Griffith University, Australia) - 'Moral panic and claims making', with Gary Clapton, first aired July 2013, http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/moral-panic-and-claims-making/ 2) The Big Idea (The University of Edinburgh) - 'Are The Kids Alright?', with Viviene Cree, first aired March 2014, www.ed.ac.uk/news/2014/kidspodcast-200214 3) 'Revisiting Moral Panics' book launch at Looking Glass Books, 23 September 2015 with Richard Holloway, Viv Cree, Gary Clapton and Mark Smith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgH9oONzLB8&feature=youtu.be Invited Lectures and Presentations at Conferences and Seminars as follows: July 2013 JSWEC (Social Work Education conference) workshop. (Cree) Nov 2013 Lecture, 'Moral Panics & Social Work', University of Cardiff. (Cree) March 2014 Lecture, 'Moral Panic or Moral Crusade? Young People in the 21st Century', Howard League (Scotland), Edinburgh. (Cree) April 2014 Workshop on Moral Panics in Europe, at European Social Work Research Conference, Bolzano, Italy (Cree and Smith) July 2014 JSWEC (Social Work Education conference) workshop.(Cree) Nov 2014 Lecture, 'Folk Devils & Moral Panics: Social Work's Love/Hate Relationship with the Media' at ESRC Festival of Social Science, Beyond the Child Snatchers, Social Work in Film and TV, Manchester. (Cree) Nov 2014 Lecture, 'Moralising Discourses: Women & Girls in the First World War', Social Work History Network, KCL, London.(Cree) April 2015 Paper, ''Khaki fever' and its management: the moral panic about young women's sexuality in Britain during the First World War, European Social Work Research Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Cree) April 2015 Paper, 'A critical history of child protection', BAPSCAN (Child Abuse) Conference, Edinburgh (Clapton and Cree) Sept 2015 Paper, 'Child protection under review', International Federation of Social Workers Conference, Edinburgh (Clapton and Cree) Nov 2015 Keynote speech, WithScotland conference, Child Trafficking, past and present (Cree) Also: Feb 2014 Innovative Learning Week, The University of Edinburgh - 'Anatomy of a Moral Panic', with Dr Gary Clapton and Edd McCracken, CHSS Press & Media Relations Officer https://moralpanicseminars.wordpress.com/innovative-learning-week/ Invitations to contribute to government and policy development • Scottish Government reference group on Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland (Cree) • Children and Families' Social Work special interest group, Scottish Association of Social Workers (Cree). • Input to two training events for judges in Scotland (Clapton). • Work with practitioners from the voluntary agency, Circle, on Fathers (Clapton). • Work with practitioners and policy-makers from Children in Scotland and Abused Men in Scotland on new approaches to domestic violence (Smith). Further research as below: The series has directly led to further research in two specific areas: • New research by Cree on women in the First World War (no funding as yet). • New research by Smith and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford to build a central resource for others to access on the conduct of Jimmy Savile, funded by an ESRC 'urgent research' call in 2014. Two recent uses of the research findings in the media in 2018 as follows: firstly, PI acted as adviser to playwright in connection with a play at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on topic of 'stranger danger' - called 'Gut', April-May 2018; secondly, PI acted as adviser to writer of BBC TV series on topic of touch and looked after young people, to be broadcast in 2019. Also, invitation from Portobello Book Festival for PI to lead a session in September 2018 on 'writing about Moral Panics'.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Creative Economy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Children's services in Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Inputs on female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation to government working groups with Scottish Association of Social Workers.
 
Description Training for judiciary
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Better decision making on the part of judges in Scotland.
 
Description Urgent Invite: Securing a data set on allegations made against the former disk jockey, Jimmy Savile
Amount £44,512 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/L011778/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2013 
End 11/2014
 
Title Putting ideas into action 
Description Our seminar series was unusual in that the seminars were not an end in themselves, but rather a beginning of what has turned out to be 6 and more years of research, writing, media engagement and public attitude-changing activities. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Our outputs have been far and beyond what might have been expected of a seminar series; our impacts equally so. Check out the website to find out more. 
URL https://moralpanicseminars.wordpress.com/
 
Description Developing Social Work Strategy in Scotland 
Organisation Scottish Association of Social Workers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I was invited by SASW to join a working group that developed a strategic document on the future of social work in Scotland. As part of this work, I took part of a reference group that looked at how Scotland should approach the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM). The report was published on 4 February 2016. I was also asked by SASW to take a lead in the formation of a new Children and Families' Social Work professional group. This has now come together with an impact accelerator project relating to another research project I am involved in on communicating with children in child protection, which begins 1 April 2016.
Collaborator Contribution The partners include Scottish Government advisers, the head of Social Work Scotland (the local authority Social Work Directors' group) and the head of the Scottish Association of Social Workers. Although the focus to date has been policy and practice, the research potential (including knowledge exchange) of this partnership is very great.
Impact Female Genital Mutilation National Action Plan - Scotland's National Action Plan to Tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 2016-2020.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Festival of Social Science - Social Work in Film and Television 
Organisation Social Work in Film and Television (SWIFT)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I was invited to support an application to the ESRC for a Festival of Social Science event and then to give a lecture at the event, which was held on Saturday 8th November, at Manchester Central Library: entitled 'Beyond the Child Snatchers: Social Work in Film and Television'. This event was a great success - 60 people attended, from different disclinary backgrounds and including about 40 practitioners.
Collaborator Contribution Two academics from Manchester Met University approached me following a paper I gave at the European SW Research conference in May 2014. They are organisers of the Social Work in Film and Television (SWIFT) network; they submitted the application and organised the event in 2014; they are continuing to take the lead on this and I am now an active part of their group.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2014
 
Description Festival of Social Science: Savile to 'sex-gangs' 
Organisation University of Huddersfield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Title - from Savile to Sex-gangs, what have we learnt - Mark Smith was the guest speaker at this event.
Collaborator Contribution The event was led by Jo Woodiwiss from the University of Hudderfield
Impact Mark Mith and Jo Woodiwiss have had an abstract accepted by British Journal of Social Work for a special issue on Sexualities and Social Work to be published later in 2016.
Start Year 2015
 
Description 33rd FICE CONGRESS & 2nd CYC WORLD CONFERENCE (Austria) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An important opportunity to take the deabte to an international audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.betterworld2016.org/index.php/en/
 
Description BASPCAN (child protection) conference (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 100 people attended this presentation and engaged in lively discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.baspcan.org.uk/congress2015.php
 
Description Blog - Open Democracy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and researchers from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe. It sets out to challenge mainstream media accounts of exploitation and policy responses to it. The article was shared on Facebook 242 times when it was published, demonstraing the breadth of interest in the subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/viviene-cree/child-trafficking-what-are-we-really-talkin...
 
Description European Social Work Research Conference (Bolzano) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 40 people attended the workshop and discussed moral panics in their countries. This led to extra interest in the seminar series as a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description European social work research conference (Ljubljana) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 40 people attended and the discussion was heated with lots of contact from individuals afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Festival of Social Science (Huddersfield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was an important opportunity to debate and discuss challenging issues - the discussion has continued.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.hud.ac.uk/events/events/2015/november/esrcfestivalofsocialsciencefromsaviletosexgangswha...
 
Description Festival of Social Science (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A range of participants came together to discuss and debate. There was a great deal of interest generated and much discussion during and after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.socialwork.ed.ac.uk/news/2014/beyond_the_child_snatchers_social_work_in_film_and_tv
 
Description Howard League Scotland Lecture (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 60 people attended this event, many of whom were from withing the professions of law and criminal justice in Scotland. The presentation sparked a lot of discussion and debate. Slides of the event were placed on the Howard League's website afterwards so that those who had missed the lecture might access them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://howardleaguescotland.org.uk/news/2014/september/moral-panic-or-moral-crusade
 
Description International Federation of Social Work conference (Stockholm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 60 people attended, and engaged in discussion. This led to further information requests from individuals and additional interest in the seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Joint Social Work Education Conference (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 55 conference participants attended the workshop and debated the issues raised; I was asked to run a similar workshop the following year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Joint Social Work Education Conference (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 65 people attended, from lectureres in other universities to students and service users. The debate afterwards was very lively, with lots of good discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Podcast - Australian SW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The podcast was shared in lectures with social work students in Australia and the UK - to much discussion and excitement.

An invitation to visit Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/moral-panic-and-claims-making/
 
Description Podcast - The kids are alright 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Picked up on twitter.

Continuing interest in moral panics work and further invitations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2014/kidspodcast-200214
 
Description Podcast of book launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Excellent chair provided a stimulating overview and asked thoughtful questions; audience engaged afterwards in debate and discussion.

Discussion on Twitter meant that this reached a much wider audience, before, during and after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgH9oONzLB8&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Social Work History Network (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 40 people attended this event, and following it, I was asked to write an article for the network's newsletter so that a wider group of people could hear about it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/swhn/meetings.aspx
 
Description Training for Judiciary (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two training events for judges in Scotland - input on moral panics - led to increased interest and reported better understanding on the part of judges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description WithScotland conference: CSE The Jigsaw (Stirling) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The invitation to speak at this event was important, because it was attended by Scottish government advisers, senior managers and social work practitioners from across the field of child protection in Scotland. The event sparked a range of serious questions about social work's response to child sexual exploitation in Scotland and the discussion continued long after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cse-the-jigsaw-tickets-18841120298
 
Description Women's History network conference (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 60 people attended - they are all part of women's history circles - so very much outside my normal sphere of interest. The presentation sparked lots of interest and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012