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

Future Meeting dates:

While some events will be London based planned for early evening, the next Buckfast Abbey Seminar will be:

25-26th March 2020, at the Lab offices, Higher Mill, Buckfast Abbey, TQ11 0EE.

The outline programme includes:

Jenny Simpson (University of Northampton) - how mobile communication devices and the Internet are changing children's ways of communication and the implications for services helping those in need.

Patrick Diamond (QMC, London University), Tim Hobbs and Roger Bullock - How should research, journal publications and social science teaching respond to the ideologies underpinning Brexit and political successes of Trump and Johnson.

Peter Clark (CEO, Glebe House, Friends' Therapeutic Community Trust) - establishing, experiencing and responding to a 10-year longitudinal study charting the outcomes for young people completing the Glebe House Community programme ‘Treating Sexually Harmful Males'.

India Roche (Dartington Service Design Lab) - will discuss the Lab's project with the London Mayors Office for Police and Crime to create a new specification for witness and victim support services for children and young people.

The detailed programme is here; booking details will be available very shortly. 








Other seminars currently confirmed for 2020

Wednesday 6 May 6.00-8.30pm, at the London School of Economics

Children’s Services 1990’s-2018  - A Civil Servant’s Perspective - Ann Gross


Friday 22nd May  10.00 - 3.15 at the Coram Centre, Mecklenberg Square, London WC1

Care of Young Offenders: Progress or Decline? - A one-day conference in partnership with the Mulberry Bush Child Care History Network, the Social Work History Network and the Dartington Centre for Social Policy.

Kindly Note: There will be a charge for attending this meeting but the CSP will pay 50% of this for fellows. Details will be emailed shortly.


 JUNE 17th and 18th

Seminar at Buckfast Abbey

Contributors will include Ray Jones discussing his new book, In Whose Interest? The privatisation of child protection and social work, Bristol, Policy Press, 2019.


Wed/Thu December 2/3.

Seminar at Buckfast Abbey




Contact us

 The Centre can be contacted at:

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