November 2017

The November 2017 seminar included contributions from David Lane on the findings of the Northern Ireland Child Abuse Inquiry and the significance of such reviews for child care policy; Chris Hanvey on proposals for a new book, FracturedChildhood, fashionoing a comprehensive approach to meeting children's needs; Christine Bradley, John Whitwell and John Diamond on their new book Revealing the Inner World of the Traumatised Child and the relenace of therapeutic work in children's services today, and finally, Jean Harris-Hendriks discussing a paper by Mary Lindsay on Sick Children and their Parents - a history of the family contacts of children in hospital.…
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June 2017

June 2017 Contributions included:   Improving Mental Health Services in a Coastal Town   Tim Hobbs (Dartington Social Research Unit) Member(s) of South Devon and Torbay Mental Health Team.   Mental health services are facing huge difficulties everywhere but are under particular pressure in coastal towns. South Devon and Torbay is no exception. Despite the Riviera image of palm trees and golden sands, the availability of cheap accommodation and benign climate mean that there is a growing prevalence of mental health difficulties, emerging in childhood and becoming entrenched in adulthood.   The South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are seeking innovative…
/ Tim Hobbs, Jonathan Dawson,Roger Bullock, Stephan Harding

March 2017

  MARCH 2017 SEMINAR Contributions included: Youth Homelessness Johanna Morrell An exploration of how and why it happens, how statutory services respond and what we can do to improve the experiences of young people who find themselves adrift. Johanna will draw from her experience of supporting homeless young people in Bristol in order to reflect on the severely negative impact of homelessness and society’s response to it, illustrated by observations from the young people themselves. Johanna left her job as a teacher in mainstream education in 1997 in order to work with young people facing multiple disadvantages.  Since that time she has developed and led multi-disciplinary te…
/ Johanna Morrell, Stephanie Guy, Ainé Rose Kelly, Andrea Warman

February 2017

The role of creative artists in modern society and ways they can address social issues. Central London: The distinguished poet  David Herd (Professor of English Literature at Kent University), and the famous TV/ Director Tony Garnett (who worked closely with Ken Loach) talked about the ways they have analysised serious issues via their artisitic work - David on assylum seekers and refugees and Tony in productions like  'Family Life' and 'Cathy Come Home'.…
/ David Herd and Tony Garnett

December 2016

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL POLICY EVENING SEMINAR Professor Larry Aber THURSDAY 15th DECEMBER 2016Violence and Children's Development: Personal, Historical and International Perspectives.   More detail is here.  …
/ Professor Larry Aber

November 2016

The November CSP meeting was held on the 15th/16th November at Dartington Hall. There were four presentations. Joyce Mosely talked about the status of 18-24 year olds and the way they fall between servivecs.She described several initiatives to remedy this problem. Finley Green then discussed his research into the values and aspirations of young Muslims in Tower Hamlets, looking especially at the extent to which they subscribed to British values. Paul Bywaters from Coventry University then presented findings from his studies concerning race of children in care across local authorities and highlighted the significance of policy variables, as opposed to soical deprivation factors. Finally, Brid…
/ Roger Bullock

October 2016

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 considered the results emerging from a major NHS-funded research project due for completion at the end of the year.…
/ Roger Bullock

June 2016

The June CSP meeting was held on the afternoon of Tuesday the 14th and the morning of Wednesday the 15th June 2016 at Lower Hood Barn, Dartington (offices of the Social Research Unit) with accommodation and evening meal at Dartington Hall. Contributions included: Bodies, Babies and Boundaries - Miranda Davies (Coram/BAAF, London)Getting it Right for Every Child - a co-ordinated framework to promote the well-being of children in Scotland - Jane Aldgate, Professor Emeritus University of Leicester and The Open University A model of alternative education provision for students pushed out of school - James Wetz, Chair of CSP and Co-Chair for the Consortium for Emotional Wellbeing in Schools …
/ Roger Bullock

March 2016

The seminar held at Dartington Hall focused on two groups likely to make increasing demands on public services: the frail elderly and young people not in education, employment or training. The speakers were Peter Thistlethwaite (social services), Sir Denis Pereira Gray (Royal College of General Practitioners), Tim Hobbs (DSRU), Tim Legge and Rupert Herd (former FE College principals).…
/ Roger Bullock

February 2016

The evening seminar at Somerset House on February 8th 2016 welcomed as its speaker Lord (Bryan) Davies of Oldham, formerly MP for Enfield and Oldham and secretary of the Labour Party until 1997 when he became Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords. The topic was Social Policy: the Government’s View. Bryan discussed the contrast between his experience of being a teacher responding to Government edicts and later a Government minister issuing them.…
/ Roger Bullock

November 2015

The seminar held at Dartington Hall had three contributions. The first was from Chris Stanley & Richard White on the future of the youth court. Stephen Collishaw, Cardiff University, presented findings from a study on predicting and preventing depression based on a longitudinal study of the offspring of depressed parents. Roy Parker discussed the role of bands in residential establishments for children. You can view both presentations below.   . …
/ Roger Bullock

October 2015

At an evening seminar in Somerset House, Rhys David, former section editor of the Financial Times, discussed issues associated with devolution, especially as it is affecting Wales.…
/ Roger Bullock

March 2015

The seminar at Dartington Hall discussed the mental health of children in Britain. Peter Wilson, CSP fellow and former director of Young Minds, gave an overview of the current situation and showed two films illustrating therapeutic work with parents and children facing difficulties. Katherine Weare, CSP fellow and Emeritus Professor at Southampton and Exeter Universities, then spoke about her work on promoting social and emotional learning in schools. Finally, Tim Hobbs and Daniel Ellis (SRU) described their needs survey among schoolchildren in Scotland. A summary report of the seminar is available in the papers section.…
/ Roger Bullock

June 2015

The seminar held at SRU’s offices in June 2015 focused on community development and the future of inner city and multi-cultural suburbs. Speakers were Professor Ted Cantle from Nottingham University, Dr. Chris Clulow from the Tavistock/Portman clinic and the David Isiohro, an Anglican clergyman from inner city Birmingham.…
/ Roger Bullock

February 2015

The evening seminar in London on February 19th discussed unaccompanied migrant children and the courts. The speakers were Nadine Finch (Barrister Garden Court Chambers) and Pat Munro (Tribunal Judge - Immigration). The aim of the meeting was to discuss the issues facing migrant children when they seek to use the courts or find themselves subject to care proceedings and to recommend to a working group seeking changes that would improve young people’s experience and the effectiveness of the procedures.…
/ Roger Bullock