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.

The latest annual report is here



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.  

6th February 2017 central London

14th and 15th March 2017  Dartington Hall

20th and 21th June 2017 at Lower Hood Barn, Dartington

7th and 8th November 2017  Dartington Hall



Attendance requests and requirements will be emailed to Fellows nearer to the date of each event.

Further details about the events are highlighted below.




Monday 6th February 2017 - Central London tbc


David Herd and Tony Garnett

Central London  6.00-8.30pm

The role of creative artists in modern society and ways they can address social issues.

 The distinguished poet  David Herd (Professor of English Literature at Kent University), and the famous/film Director Tony Garnett (who worked closely with Ken Loach) will talk about the ways they have analysised serious issues via their artisitic work - David on assylum seekers and regugess and Tony in productions like  'Family Life' and 'Cathy Come Home'.

Please read more about this seminar here.

Contact us

 The Centre can be contacted at:

Lower Hood Barn, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6AD

Telephone: 01803 762400