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

November 2014

The seminar held at Dartington Hall comprised contributions from Nick Crichton (family court judge) and Judith Harwin (Brunel University) on the drug and alcohol courts initiative in London; Gretchen Bjornstad and Zoe Wrigley (SRU) on the implementation of the KiVA bullying prevention programme in schools in Wales; Miguel Garcia-Sanchez (director of Aldaba) on the development of community services for vulnerable people in Buckinghamshire and the problems raised when private providers go into administration. Other items included an update on the development of the Sequeli training progamme for chairs of child abuse and mental health homicide inquiries; the training of school teachers regardin…
/ Roger Bullock

October 2014

The Centre held an evening seminar at Somerset House at which John Drew discussed the reasons for the dramatic fall of under-18s entering young offenders’ institutions in England and Wales since 2008.…
/ Roger Bullock

June 2014

The Centre held the seminar at Lower Hood Barn. There were contributions from Trevor Philpott on work with ex-service men and women facing difficulties; Zoe Wrigley on indirect and direct measures of deviant sexual interest among child sex offenders; David Donnison on how can we get the most useful contributions to the analysis and development of public policy from academically trained people working in universities, research institutes, think tanks and public services?; and James Wetz on how can we train teachers more effectively to appreciate children’s emotional development and attachments?…
/ Roger Bullock

November 2013

The seminar in November 2013 opened with a discussion of the implications of recent developments in neurobiology for understanding child development. Speakers were Jack Shonkoff (Harvard University), Matt Woolgar (Institute of Psychiatry) and Denis Pereira Gray (CSP). Three other sessions were led by Nick Axford who described the current research undertaken by SRU, Elaine Farmer (University of Bristol) who spoke about her report The Poor Relations: Children and Informal Carers Speak Out and Roy Parker (CSP fellow) on grappling with the concept of severe and multiple disadvantage.…
/ Roger Bullock

June 2013

The seminar held in June 2013 at Lower Hood Barn had four contributions: Judith Masson (University of Bristol) on recent changes in private and public family law; Roger Bullock (CSP) and Sarah Blower (SRU) on changes in the placements of children in care 1980-2010; Daniel Ellis (SRU) on evaluating the global terrorism database; and David Robertson (environmental scientist) on what Western societies and the Global South can learn from each other.…
/ Roger Bullock

February 2013

The Centre held a seminar in February 2013 on Welfare: Its Definition, Measurement and Delivery. The speakers were Tim Hobbs from the SRU on the Concept of Welfare – definitions and measurements; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, on Power Failure - what can compensate for the dissolution of traditional hierarchies and diminshing allegiance to civic institutions in the UK?; Martin Knapp, Professor of Ecomomics at the LSE on Economics and Welfare: an irreconcilable marriage or a political responsibility?; and Triin Edovald and Gretchen Bjornstad on a critical review of the latest ideas and developments concerning  reconciling welfare and economics –…
/ Roger Bullock

June 2012

The summer meeting comprised three sessions. The first discussed the Government’s proposed changes in health and social care and was presented by Sir Denis Pereira Gray, Emeritus Professor of General Practice, University of Exeter, former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and CSP Fellow. Then Gillian Downham, CSP fellow, described a project on developing training materials for chairs and report writers of domestic homicide reviews, an initiative that has developed into a sizeable project since the Centre seminar discussion in June 2010. Finally, Dr Ginny Russell from the Peninsular Medical School in Exeter discussed the effects of autism and ADHD diagnoses on children…
/ Roger Bullock

March 2012

The Centre held its spring seminar at Dartington Hall in March 2012. In the first session Manuel Eisner, Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University, spoke about his research to explore what causes large-scale variation in homicide rates across time and across societies. In the second, Naomi Eisenstadt, a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford and a Trustee of the Warren House Group, then discussed the successful scaling of the UK SureStart programme. The seminar ended with Michael Little discussing the Unit’s contribution to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work on scaling interventions to achieve maximum impact.…
/ Roger Bullock