News in 2010

  • Homeless women need shelter from the cold 16 December 2010 Bristol needs to provide a dedicated night shelter for homeless women, according to a new report by researchers from the University's School for Policy Studies. The review of the Women's Night Service, a six-month pilot project that provided emergency accommodation to vulnerable homeless women, recommends that the city provide the Service on a permanent basis.
  • New book compares housing opportunities for women in Europe, the USA and East Asia 13 December 2010 In our current climate of global social and economic change, what are the implications for women and their housing prospects? Housing policy and urban planning usually focus on the "bricks and mortar" aspect of housing and ignore the different gender perspectives that are inherent in housing markets and ownership. "Women and Housing - an international analysis" is a new book, published by Routledge, which highlights the nature, extent and impact of these changes on the housing opportunities for women. Co-edited by Dr Patricia Kennett from the University of Bristol and Professor Chan Kam Wah from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the collection brings together contributions from developed and emerging societies in Europe, the USA and East Asia.
  • "Children Behaving Badly?" A new book looks at the implications of peer violence for professionals working with children and young people 9 December 2010 Violence between children is a controversial and frequently misunderstood issue, one that has seen media–fuelled moral panic come to dominate public perceptions and debate. Children Behaving Badly? presents a powerful challenge to commonly held beliefs about peer violence and portrays it as an important child welfare concern. Co-edited by Christine Barter and Professor David Berridge from the University of Bristol’s School for Policy Studies, this book is part of the prestigious NSPCC Wiley Series in Protecting Children.
  • Research into honour-based violence makes international impact 8 December 2010 Research into ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) and killings in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK by Professor Gill Hague and Dr Nazand Begikhani from the University’s School for Policy Studies, together with colleagues from the University of Roehampton, has earned plaudits from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UN.
  • New NSPCC toolkit will improve child protection training 7 December 2010 A new toolkit just launched by the NSPCC will help Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) evaluate their inter-agency child protection training. The toolkit was developed by Professor John Carpenter and Dr Demi Patsios at the University of Bristol, and adapted for the Promoting inter-agency training partnership (Piat). It is available as a set of downloadable questionnaires and an interactive spreadsheet available from www.nspcc.org.uk/piat
  • National Anti-Bullying Week - Christine Barter interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol 18 November 2010 Christine Barter appeared as part of this week’s National Anti-Bullying Week on BBC Radio Bristol’s breakfast show on 15 November 2010.
  • Adoption expert, Dr Julie Selwyn, quoted in the Times 17 November 2010 Dr Julie Selwyn from the School for Policy Studies was quoted in The Times in response to its lead article about vulnerable children being left in care because cash-strapped councils are refusing to deal with voluntary adoption agencies.
  • Regional economic growth threatened by ineffectual Whitehall 27 October 2010 Efforts to reinvigorate regional economic growth could be derailed because of Whitehall’s fears of losing control, despite Coalition pledges to give powers back to local areas.
  • Physical activity firmly on the agenda for public health 27 October 2010 Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences Ken Fox has received a Fellowship by Distinction (FFPH) of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. This is the first award of its kind to a specialist in physical activity.
  • Michaela Benson discusses migration and happiness on BBC Radio Four 14 October 2010 Dr Michaela Benson appeared on BBC Radio Four's "Thinking Allowed" programme yesterday [13 October 2010] discussing migration and happiness.
  • Admore Tshuma speaks on reconciliation and rebuilding at the Afrika Eye Film Festival 13 October 2010 Admore Tshuma, a PhD student at the School's Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice, will be a speaker at a panel discussion at the Afrika Eye Film Festival at the Watershed on Saturday 30 October.
  • New network will help military families experiencing domestic abuse 13 October 2010 Domestic abuse can be an issue for military personnel and their families. To address this, there will now more help available for those affected through a recently-formed network of organisations and practitioners. The network has been created in response to issues raised at a successful seminar, "Domestic abuse and military families: addressing the need for better support services", held in Coventry last week [6 October 2010]. Participants discussed a range of current initiatives, services and evidence, including recent research conducted by Dr Emma Williamson from the Centre for Gender and Violence Research based at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.
  • Screen time linked to psychological problems in children 11 October 2010 Children who spend longer than two hours in front of a computer or television screen are more likely to suffer psychological difficulties, regardless of how physically active they are.
  • Should there be a Robin Hood tax? Professor David Gordon to debate as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas 4 October 2010 Should there be a Robin Hood tax? Professor David Gordon will debate as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas on 21 October
  • Lifetime achievement award for Professor David Quinton 29 September 2010 Professor David Quinton was given the 'Lifetime Achievement award' at the international conference for the European Scientific Association for Residential and Foster care for children and adolescents which took place last week [22-25 September].
  • The Healthy Start Vouchers study 27 September 2010 A new 18-month research project will examine the experiences of families using the governments Healthy Start vouchers.  The Government’s Healthy Start scheme enables families living on low incomes to receive free vouchers every week which they can swap for milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and infant formula milk. Families on the scheme are also entitled to free vitamins
  • New research aims to get children more active 23 September 2010 We know that many children do not engage in enough physical activity and that this can contribute to ill health both as children and as adults. So how do we get them to be more active? A new project called TEAMPLAY- Parents and children partnering for healthy lifestyles will look at one possible solution.
  • The squeeze on public spending: how can we achieve desirable social outcomes now? The 4th Policy & Politics conference debates 17 September 2010 The squeeze on public spending - what are the implications for public goods and desirable social ends? With the world having experienced its worst economic crisis in eight decades, delegates at the recent Policy & Politics conference [10 September 2010] took the opportunity to reflect on this and other key questions.
  • Vacancy for Research Associate (Part-time) 16 September 2010 Vacancy for Research Associate (Part-time) on a new project entitled Liberty, equality and capacity: The impact of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards on human rights and adult social care practice funded by the National Institute of Health Research School for Social Care Research.
  • Vacancy for Research Assistant in Gender-Based Violence 14 September 2010 Vacancy for Research Assistant in Gender-Based Violence
  • Dr William Turner wins Leonard E. Gibbs Award for foster care review 23 August 2010 Dr William Turner from the School's Centre for Gender and Violence Research has been awarded the Leonard E. Gibbs Award for a review published by the Social Welfare Coordinating Group in 2008-2009 Dr Turner and his co-author, Professor Geraldine Macdonald (Queen's University Belfast), won the prize for the review, "Treatment Foster Care for Improving Outcomes in Children and Young People".
  • PhD success for Dr Sue Jones, Dr Gillian Macdonald and Dr Shailen Nandy 12 August 2010 The School congratulates its three most recent successful PhD graduates, Dr Sue Jones and Dr Shailen Nandy.
  • Dr Kevin Doogan debates the 'glories of economic growth' on BBC Radio Four's "Thinking Allowed" 5 August 2010 Is economic growth as good for us as we have been led to believe? Dr Kevin Doogan appeared on Laurie Taylor's BBC Radio Four "Thinking Allowed" programme on Wednesday 4 August, debating the 'glories of growth' with Daniel Ben-Ami, author of "Ferraris for all: In defence of economic progress".
  • Improving children's rights: School helps develop new diploma programme in Egypt and Jordan 4 August 2010 Funded by the European Union through the Tempus programme, a new collaborative project will result in the introduction of a new Diploma Public Policy and Child Rights to be taught in four universities in Egypt and Jordan with the aim of promoting a culture where children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled through improved policies and practices in these countries.
  • The School for Policy Studies goes from strength to strength 1 August 2010 On 1st August 2010, the School for Policy Studies will be joined by the Norah Fry Research Centre and the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences. Both Centres bring international reputations in their specialist fields. The enlarged School encompasses an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in policy-relevant research on children and families; physical activity, health and well-being; and services for vulnerable people.
  • Relationship-based social work practice examined in new book co-edited by Dr Danielle Turney 8 July 2010 Relationship-based social work practice is founded on the idea that human relationships are of paramount importance and should be at the heart of all good social work practice. This theme is explored in a new book, "Relationship-Based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice", co-edited by Danielle Turney, from the School's Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare, Gillian Ruch and Adrian Ward.
  • New book explores the transformation of residential care co-authored by Professor Randall Smith 1 July 2010 Residential care homes are an important resource for older people yet they remain stigmatised and under-valued. In a new book "Residential Care Transformed" co-authored by Professor Randall Smith from the School's Centre for Urban Studies and Julia Johnson and Sheena Rolph from the Open University, the authors revisit Peter Townsend's classic study of residential care in England and Wales, The Last Refuge, published in 1962.  With the help of a hundred older volunteer researchers, and drawing on data deposited at the University of Essex, UK,  the book traces what happened to the 173 homes that Townsend visited.
  • Personalisation: Who cares? Who pays? Research Programme on Ageing and the Life Course (RPALC) Workshop 25 June 2010 In this workshop, organised by the Research Programme on Ageing and the Life Course (RPALC) [10 June], recent developments and debates in the modernisation of adult social care were explored through closer examination of the implications of the personalisation agenda on older people and their carers in various contexts and the extent to which ‘adult social care’ needs to be transformed in order to achieve the personalisation agenda.
  • Sarah Cemlyn interviewed about new government's policies for Gypsy and Traveller site provision 18 June 2010 Sarah Cemlyn gave interviews yesterday [17 June] for ITV West’s regional evening news as well as the late night discussion programme "West Country at Westminster" on the subject of the Coalition Government’s new policies on site provision for Gypsies and Travellers.
  • Ann Singleton interviewed about the impact of asylum/immigration policy on children of detained asylum seekers 17 June 2010 Ann Singleton was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol's breakfast show yesterday [17 June 2010] about asylum and immigration policy and its impact on children of asylum seekers being held in detention. You can listen to the interview which begins about two hours into the programme on BBC iPlayer.
  • School for Policy Studies at world conference on social work and social development 11 June 2010 The 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Hong Kong [10 -14 June] kicked off with a key speech by Mr Zukang Sha. Mr Sha is United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. He reviewed progress, and the lack of progress, towards the Millennium Development Goals, stressing the essential contribution of practitioners as well as policy makers.
  • University plays key role in safeguarding Bristol's children 8 June 2010 Successful partnership working between the University and Bristol City Council has been cited as a contributing factor in a recent report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission that praises services in Bristol for safeguarding children, and for children in care.
  • UK’s largest ever research project into poverty and social exclusion 2 June 2010 The UK’s largest ever research project on poverty and social exclusion has been launched with the ultimate ambition of helping to find solutions to tackle the problems of poverty and deprivation.
  • Relationship violence and the role the bystander plays in preventing violence 1 June 2010 In a thought-provoking seminar on 19 May 2010, Dr Vicki Banyard spoke about relationship violence and the role that the bystander plays in preventing violence. Dr Banyard is currently in the School as an International Visiting Fellow, hosted by Professor Gill Hague and based within the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. 
  • ESRC +3 PhD Studentship: Poverty, Social Exclusion in Britain, 1968-2011: The changing profile of disadvantage (re-advertisement) 27 May 2010 This three-year studentship is part of a 3.5-year ESRC large grant ‘Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom’ which aims to improve the measurement of poverty and social exclusion, and to inform understanding of changes in the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion since the 1999 survey.
  • Women fleeing violent relationships inform pioneering research 25 May 2010 The moving testimonies of women who survived years of domestic abuse feature in the first long term study of its kind in 30 years, which could help to improve women’s chances of building a better future.
  • Call for papers - Policy and Politics Conference 2010: Politics of austerity or the austerity of politics? 21 May 2010 Politics of austerity or the austerity of politics? New social, economic and ecological challenges for the public sector. With the world having experienced its worst economic crisis in eight decades, with old challenges still unresolved, and with new challenges presenting both dangers and opportunities, this conference offers the opportunity to reflect on an unprecedented conjunction of old and new agendas. We invite researchers, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to debate these vital issues. The conference will include participants from a variety of academic disciplines: public policy, politics, social policy, social and political philosophy, economics, among others; as well as those working within both the public and independent sectors.
  • Professor Hester to give domestic and family violence keynote addresses in Australia 21 May 2010 During the next few weeks, Professor Marianne Hester will be in Australia to give a series of keynote speeches on domestic violence and abuse.
  • Why does equality matter? 19 May 2010 Why does equality matter in society? In the School for Policy Studies seminar "Inequality: the enemy between us", Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett presented compelling new evidence that in rich countries, a smaller gap between rich and poor means a happier, healthier, and more successful population.
  • The lost boys: Young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy demand more support 11 May 2010 The lost boys: A neglected generation of young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) demand more support
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