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Review shows child protection services need further work

Monday, 19 June 2017 4:24pm

One of the first academic and independent reviews of the Government’s direction on child protection services has raised fundamental concerns that the study author, Otago University’s Dr Emily Keddell, says need addressing.

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Research calls for action on adolescent relationship violence

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 8:42am

Violence and abuse in teenage relationships is a serious problem in New Zealand but does not receive the same level of attention as violence in adult relationships, an Issues Paper released today says.


SOCI 410: Alternative Futures and the Sociological Imagination (starting in 2018, poster here)


Best Practices in Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): international and national perspectives presented by Colleen Burns (Clinical Training Services Coordinator, Lakeland Centre for FASD, Alberta, Canada); and Christine Rogan (Health Promotion Advisor for the Alcohol Healthwatch Trust)

Friday, 31 March 2017 - 9:30 - 12:30 pm
Mark Parker Room, UNICOL, 315 Leith Street

2017 Seminar Series

Semester Two

Wed 2 August: Associate Professor Ruth Barcan (Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney): ‘Paying Dearly for Privilege: Conceptions, Experiences and Temporalities of Vocation in Academic Life’.
Chair: Marcelle Dawson

Wed 9 August: Associate Professor Liz Beddoe (Counselling, Human Services & Social Work, University of Auckland): ‘The “grand challenges” for supervision in social work: Examining trends in research and practice’.
Chair: Emily Keddell
*PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2hr workshop primarily aimed at Social Work practitioners, but open to all.

Wed 23 August: Penelope Kinney (PhD candidate in Sociology): ‘Being, becoming, belonging in the community: The transition process from hospital within a regional forensic psychiatric service’.
Chair: Anita Gibbs

Wed 13 September: Jordan Anderson (JustSpeak): ‘Fear of the “Other”: Responses to dangerousness in New Zealand communities’.
Chair: Fairleigh Gilmour

Wed 27 September: Simon Clay (PhD candidate in Gender Studies) ‘A queer idea of health’.
Chair: Chris Brickell

Wed 11 October: Associate Professor Craig Boylstein (Coastal Carolina University): ‘When police use force: Context, method and outcomes’.
Chair: Katharine Legun

Mon 13 November: Professor Nancy Reichman (Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Visiting Professor of Economics, Princeton University): ‘Health over the lifecourse and across generations: Three current research projects and preliminary findings’.
Chair: Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

Seminars take place in Room B11 Archway (i.e. SGSW Practice Suite) from 12-12:50pm, unless otherwise specified. All welcome.

Semester One

17 February: Professor Eileen Munro (London School of Economics), 'A systems approach to reforming child protection.' (In Castle C)

22 March: Dr Tim Jones (La Trobe University), 'Young people's experience of ex-gay and ex-trans 'therapies' in contemporary Australia.'
4:00 - 4:50 pm (in Burns 4)

29 March: Dr Holly Randell-Moon (Department of Media, Film and Communication), 'Competing Futures: Community building and the Gigatown competition in the South Island.'

Thursday 6 April: Dr Bree Carlton (Monash University) 'Anti-Carceral Feminism: A ‘new’ Abolitionism?'

12 April: Bell Murphy (PhD candidate in Gender Studies) 'Restorying Resistance: True Stories as a teaching tool in Feminist Self-Defence.'

3 May: Dr Elizabeth Stanley (Reader in Criminology and Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Victoria University) 'Surviving State-Institutional Violence.'

17 May: Professor Hugh Campbell (Chair in Sociology, SGSW) 'A Political Ontology of Farming.'

Seminars take place in Room B11 Archway (i.e. SGSW Practice Suite) from 12-12:50pm, unless otherwise specified. All welcome.

If you would like to present a paper in the second semester please contact Marcelle Dawson (

Seminars previously held in the department.

Fascinating Volunteer Opportunities in International Social Work


New opportunities exist in Counseling and Poverty.

Please read NGOabroad website

and then send BRIEFLY answered Questionnaire and resume to:

Applications to volunteer opportunities are accepted on a rolling basis.