• Podsoc #14

Surrogacy in the UK:

In conversation with Marilyn Crawshaw

Marilyn Crawshaw discusses her research on surrogacy as it is practised in the UK today and the role of social workers in the practice. Ethical issues, implications for all parties involved and the benefits and challenges are examined.

Marilyn is an Independent Researcher and Practitioner and an Honorary Fellow at the University of York. She has practised as a social worker, written and researched into surrogacy, donor conception, cancer-related fertility and adoption.

Marilyn is currently researching the reasons behind the recent increase in the use of surrogacy in the UK population and is part of a team from Donor Conception Network UK working on the production of new materials for offspring and for family and friends.

Marilyn was a Social and Ethical Inspector and then an External Adviser to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from the early 1990s until 2008. She is a founder member of the British Infertility Counselling Association and editor of their Practice Guide series. She is also currently Co-Chair (with Professor Eric Blyth) of the multi-agency UK Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR) which is administered by the British Association of Social Workers.

Marilyn has been the national Adviser to UK DonorLink, the voluntary register for adults genetically related through donor conception since its inception in 2003 and chairs its Advisory Group and Registrants Panel.

Recommended citation for this podcast – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2012,June 28). Surrogacy in the UK: In conversation with Marilyn Crawshaw [Episode 14]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/surrogacy-in-the-uk/.

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  2. References


Crawshaw, M., Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O. (2012). Working at the margins: The views and experiences of court social workers on parental orders work in surrogacy arrangements. British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs045.