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).
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.
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.
The Centre can be contacted at:
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Telephone: 01803 762400