Serious case reviews and the news media: a recipe for moral panic?

Guest, Alan Richard Graham (2014) Serious case reviews and the news media: a recipe for moral panic? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research project sets out to explore the common themes displayed in the news media in the reporting of children’s services serious case reviews. These themes were used to explore any links to moral panic in social work. Understanding how the news media reports on social work and the effects this can have on theories of moral panic is important, as it has an impact on the profession itself. This research carried out thematic analysis of articles that reported upon the serious case review of six cases from both urban and rural authorities. The findings from this identified three main themes centred on Blame, Failings and Prevention. The themes can be linked to case review reports themselves, suggesting a dual power within the media and case review process. The themes can be linked to moral panic theories, but there is not enough evidence to suggest an all-out moral panic surrounding every case. There was a qualification in a fourth theme of Responsibility and Discipline which was present in the most widely reported case reviews, this did suggest a moral panic was present surrounding these cases. There needs to be further exploration of the language in serious case review reports and how this impacts on news media reporting.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:55
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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