Childhood Studies explore respect with Misfits12 December 2011BA Childhood Studies students enjoyed a performance session with the Misfits Theatre Company last week, in which they explored creative research methods. The session included short performance by six of the Misfits, and there were discussions about the role of performance methods in challenging stereotypes and supporting people with disabilities in having a voice.
New book: Adopting Large Sibling Groups - the experience of adopters and adoption agencies5 December 2011Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, has recently co-authored a book with Hilary Saunders: Adopting Large Sibling Groups - the experience of adopters and adoption agencies, published by BAAF. The book is the first UK study to examine adopters’ experiences of parenting a large sibling group as well as the views of staff in adoption agencies who need to recruit and support adopters willing to take siblings.
Study identifies why UK’s most needy parents are not using early years services28 November 2011It is widely recognised that parent and toddler groups provide support while also improving life-chances for children from low-income families. However, new research from the University of Bristol has found that nearly a quarter of mothers’ first-time visits to a group were so off-putting that they did not return to that group. One in five mothers then became afraid of attending any group.
Liberty award for Tony Bunyan and Statewatch28 November 2011Tony Bunyan and Statewatch were presented with the 'Long Walk' award in Liberty's Human Rights Awards 2011 on 22 November. Tony Bunyan, the Director of Statewatch, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice in the School for Policy Studies. Statewatch monitors the state and civil liberties in the European Union.
A new book by SPS members is published1 November 2011A new book, Improving Child and Family Assessments – Turning Research Into Practice, written by Danielle Turney, Dendy Platt, Julie Selwyn and Elaine Farmer (all members of the School of Policy Studies) has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The assessment of children in need and their families is an aspect of social work practice that has attracted considerable attention in recent years, with particular concerns over the implications for vulnerable children of poor quality assessment.
Time bank research network launched25 October 2011Ruth Naughton-Doe, a PhD student from the Centre for Research in Health and Social Care, and Lee Gregory, a PhD student from Cardiff University, launched the time bank research network, Time4Research, at a Social Policy Association funded event in London on October 14th.
Iraqi Kurdish scholars put gender theory to the test20 October 2011The term "gender" does not exist in Kurdish and is sometimes seen as a synonym for homosexuality. Yet gender issues are at the heart of the conflict between traditionalist and progressive forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Nazand Begikhani, a senior research Fellow at the University of Bristol's Centre for Gender and Violence Research.
Is the poverty gap widening in Hong Kong?1 September 2011Hong Kong and UK researchers today [31 August] launched an international collaboration to measure poverty and social exclusion in Hong Kong. The two-year study, led by academics at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the University of Bristol, will examine whether the introduction of recent policies, such as the minimum wage legislation, have significantly improved people’s living standards.
UNICEF highlights Bristol’s exemplary research27 July 2011Work by researchers in the School for Policy Studies, looking at child poverty in Morroco, and public policy and child rights in Egypt, respectively, is featured in a UNICEF compendium of 12 exemplary projects on child-focused social and economic policy.
The inaugural Peter Townsend memorial prize27 July 2011The inaugural Peter Townsend Memorial Prize promoted by The British Academy and The Policy Press has been awarded to the authors of Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting "The Last Refuge", Julia Johnson and Sheena Rolph (Open University) and Randall Smith (Bristol University).
New study into Guernsey's voluntary and charitable sector22 June 2011A new University of Bristol study into Guernsey’s voluntary and charitable sector has revealed a picture of a ‘generous island’ but a need for greater partnership with the island’s government and more co-ordination of its activities.
ESRC funding for investigating the impact of the economic crisis and Government policies on cities and households23 March 2011Dr Patricia Kennett in the School for Policy Studies is the Principal Investigator on a recently awarded £322,000 ESRC Research Grant designed to explore the impact of the economic recession on cities and households through a systematic comparison of the experiences of two English cities, Bristol and Liverpool. The research is being undertaken in collaboration with Professor Richard Meegan and Dr Gerwyn Hughes at the European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University and will last 20 months, starting in June 2011.
Today's children do engage in active play23 March 2011New research suggests that promoting active play in children’s leisure time could increase the physical activity of today’s children, but that such strategies might need to be tailored according to gender.
Congratulations to Drs Cemlyn and Griffiths1 March 2011On Wednesday 23rd February 2011, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work was conferred on Dr Sarah Cemlyn and Dr Carolyn Griffiths at the Degree Congregation in the Wills Memorial Building.
Global Partnership to promote children's rights1 February 2011Specialists in childhood and policy from the University have teamed up with colleagues in the Middle East and Europe to help them create a practical qualification that will advance the rights of children.
Read about our research in our new edition of PS magazine27 January 2011This issue includes articles on domestic violence and child contact, homelessness among young women, whistleblowing, decentralised budgets, self-injury and people with learning disabilities, and children’s physical activity.
Best friends can make a child more physically active21 January 2011Boys and girls who take part in physical activity with their best friend in the neighbourhood where they live have higher levels of physical activity, new research has found. With many children not doing enough physical activity the findings could help with the UK’s current health care concerns.
How do families experience services provided for disadvantaged 2-year olds in Bristol's children's centres?14 January 2011While many local authorities are now offering enhanced provision for disadvantaged 2-year olds and their families, and it is a coalition government promise to maintain this provision (DfE, 2010), there has been little qualitative work with families to understand the nature and reasons for their engagement at either a national or local level. A new study funded by the Bristol City Council’s Early Years team will address this gap by providing an evidence-informed review of family uptake and perceptions of enhanced provisions for disadvantaged 2-year olds and their families in 10 children’s centres in Bristol.
Finn Mackay wins Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for outstanding work on violence against women11 January 2011Finn MacKay has won the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her outstanding work on tackling violence against women. The annual prize is awarded to an individual woman who has, through writing or campaigning, raised awareness of violence against women and children. The award also aims to provide recognition for work against violence as well as bringing it to the attention of the wider public.
Researching class in contemporary Britain: New workshops explore and develop the University's expertise7 January 2011A series of three workshops exploring 'Class in Contemporary Britain' will be running over the next few months with support from the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). The IAS enhances research and intellectual life at the University of Bristol by funding workshops and fellowships in pursuit of new ideas. Dr Michaela Benson from the Centre for Urban Studies at the School for Policy Studies and Dr Will Atkinson from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies secured the IAS funding for these workshops