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 Dartington Service Design Lab based at Buckfast Abbey.

The latest annual report is here.

Our constitution is here.




Fellows contribute to these other group activities by, for example, joining project advisory groups, serving on the WHG ethical committee, and offering advice to researchers.  The Centre comprises over 70 fellows from five countries and representing nine disciplines. The current officers are: John Diamond (Chair) Roger Bullock (Treasurer), and Brian Warren (Secretary).

Future Seminars

Regrettably, due to the COVID-19 Virus outbreak all future physical activities are cancelled until further notice.

However we are delighted to inform you that we will continue a programme of activities using virtual facilites. 


We are planning to hold seminars in 2021 as follows:


October 8th and 11th (mornings)

The growth of day-care for children from the 1970s and changes over the last 20 years

A seminar organised by The Mulberry Bush Child Care History Network and the Centre for Social Policy

1 and 2 December 2021 (with AGM) possibly in person if restrictions are relaxed / via Zoom









Contact us

 The Centre can be contacted at:

Higher Mills, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE