6th April 2000




A senior lecturer in social work has returned from the depths of Russia where he visited children’s homes and spoke to doctors about European methods of caring for children.


Six hours flying time east of Moscow lies Irkutsk, a city of  700,000 people and the regional capital of Eastern Siberia. It was here that David Crimmens from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and a colleague from Anglia Polytechnic University visited earlier this month.


With a combination of freezing temperatures, poverty and the difficulties of a developing democracy, the city has many social issues to be addressed.


David Crimmens spent a week lecturing on social care in Europe at the Academy of Medical Sciences.


“Through my lectures I shared the European experience of child care, both its benefits and disadvantages,” said Mr Crimmens, who works in the Department of Applied Social Science and Social Work at ULH.


“All the European models are based on certain historical and cultural principals, ideas that vary greatly from those experienced in Russia. Among the many issues I raised were teenage motherhood and easing poverty by using pre-school provision to enable women to enter into the labour market.”


The trip was organised by Prof. Shula Ramon of APU who has acted as an external examiner for the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and also taught Mr Crimmens at the London School of Economics.


Their visit was part of a Tempus Project into Health and Social Care, a European Union funded programme, which offers technical assistance and support to universities in Eastern and Central Europe.


Mr Crimmens also visited two ‘orphanages’, institutions for children who cannot live with their parents - one for those with respiratory problems and another for disabled youngsters.



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