About Us

The Centre for Social Policy was established in 1995 to provide a resource for people who have left posts connected to established organisations or who work independently. It is a facility to be used as fellows wish but it provides them with a link to a multi-disciplinary peer group and enables them to keep up-to-date with current issues. It is an activity within the larger charity, The Warren House Group (WHG) at Dartington, which includes the Social Research Unit.



Fellows contribute to these other group activities by, for example, joining project advisory groups, serving on the WHG ethical committee, offering advice to researchers, contributing to the Unit’s website Prevention Action and assisting with the editorial work associated with the Unit’s Journal of Children’s Services.  The Centre comprises over 70 fellows from five countries and representing nine disciplines. The current officers are: James Wetz (Chair), Roger Bullock (Treasurer) and Kate Moule (Secretary).

Future Seminars

Herewith the series of events for the remainder of 2016.  

13 October 2016 - London 

15/16 November 2016 - Dartington Hall 

Attendance requests & requirements will be emailed to fellows nearer to the date of each event.

Further details about the events are highlighted below.




October 2016

Thursday October 13th  - Somerset House, London -- 6pm-9pm (preceded by a reception in the Research Unit’s offices). More details are here.

Pathways of Care for Young People in Secure Care



A discussion led by Heidi Hales, Consultant Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, HMYOI, Cookham Wood and CNLW NHS Foundation Trust and Louise Warner, project director

Fellows will be invited to consider the results emerging from a major NHS-funded research project due for completion at the end of the year.

November 2016

Tuesday November 15th and Wednesday 16th November - Dartington Hall

Contributions will include:

Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Protection Intervention Rates: a comparative study of the four UK nations.


Professor Paul Bywaters, Coventry University;

Professor Brid Featherstone, Huddersfield University; and

Professor Kate Morris, University of Sheffield.

Following a pilot study, a UK-wide research team funded by the Nuffield Foundation is examining inequalities in the proportion of children on child protection plans (or registers) or who are being looked after in out-of-home care between the four UK countries and between local authorities within them. The aims include establishing inequality as a lens through which to investigate child protection systems, creating valid methods to compare rates of intervention between and within countries, and understanding the role of key factors in explaining inequalities in rates, especially deprivation, ethnicity and structural patterns affecting local authority practices. The presentations will be designed to promote discussion of the underlying ideas behind the research, methodological complexities involved in the quantitative and integrated approaches being tested, emerging findings and what they have to say about the direction of children’s services and the nature of the discourse about child protection.


Joyce Moseley and John Graham - (CSP fellows)

Young adults (18-25) in the criminal justice system: The wider implications of recent research findings.

Contact us

 The Centre can be contacted at:

Lower Hood Barn, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6AD

Telephone: 01803 762400