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