Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Geoffrey Manton, , Lecture Theatre 3
The truth about the children’s care system, the links between care and custody and the role of alcohol in child neglect
Sir Martin Narey will be giving his inaugural lecture as Visiting Professor at Manchester Met.
In this public lecture, he will draw on his distinguished career leading and shaping public services, including his management of the Prison and Probation Services in England and Wales; his long experience of policy formulation relating to child neglect and the care system; and his more recent experience of chairing the Portman Group, a social responsibility body (funded by drinks producers).
He will argue that the care system in England and Wales is more successful than its reputation suggests and that notions that entry into public care damages a child's life chances are inaccurate and dangerous. He will specifically address the relationship between being in public care and custody and dispute the notion that reducing the size of the care population might reduce the numbers of children and young people being sent to prison. Finally, he will address the role alcohol can play in undermining family life and what needs to be done both by government and the drinks industry to reduce the harm which alcohol can cause.