This is Richard Shrubb's social affairs writing page. Richard has been working in nursing and social affairs writing since he set out as a journalist in 2007. Social affairs journalism is often about exposing some of the worst privations of bureaucracies and those in power on the weakest. It is a very rewarding yet quite stressful area of journalism and while Richard had some good results (some of the victims he wrote about in the national press had their problems resolved) you need a very thick skin to listen to people's stories, dig down into them and sell them to editors.
Here is some of the best work he has done.
Over 2016 Richard did around 100 hours of research into the UK child protection system. He found that due to the government's austerity programme, the system is badly failing the most vulnerable people of all in society - our children. Richard began a series of blogs on Medium.com discussing the situation. Read more here to see the effects of Austerity on child protection.
Richard published a piece for Inside Housing on how arrears drop in ultra energy efficient housing. Click to go to the article here
For Inside Housing, Richard looked how cuts to Legal Aid have resulted in disabled people having serious housing problems. They are unable to fight back when treated badly by their housing providers. See this here
Richard also focused his aim on cuts to mental health services in Dorset, publishing in the Sunday Express. See this here
He also published an investigation into how the human body makes its own cannabis that works in the nervous system for the magazine Drug Link. Download Drug Link Human Cannabis Farm
Richard did an investigation into a rogue landlord in Bournemouth in 2012, publishing this in the Sunday Express. Visit the story here
He did a feature for Weed World on the known links between cannabis use and schizophrenia. Download weed word schizophrenia
For the Sunday Express, Richard looked at how a severely disabled man could not get housing from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council sun ex steve gurney nov 2011
That year he also did a piece for the Sunday Express on how cuts to services by West Sussex County Council deprived a man with severe disabilities of his 24/7 care. Download here ex on sun 16 10 11
Examination of the stigma of mental illness in the workplace work stigma mhtfeb09
He did an investigation into UK police use of cells for holding the mentally ill in 2008. Download mhtodaypolicing
Richard looked at the statutory right to advocacy under the Mental Health Act. See mht0001 advocacy 2008