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News in 2009

Dr Julie Selwyn on Woman's Hour - the crisis in adoption services

17 December 2009

Dr Julie Selwyn, director of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the School for Policy Studies, will be taking part in a discussion on Woman's Hour tomorrow [18 December] between 10.00 and 11.00 about the findings of recent research into the costs of adoption and the inter-agency fee. Listen live or listen back on the BBC Woman's Hour website.

2.6 million adults experience social exclusion

16 December 2009

Research for the Cabinet Office by Dr Eldin Fahmy from the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice in the School for Policy Studies  indicates that 16 per cent of working-age adults without children over the age of 25 – or 2.6 million people – experience multiple forms of social exclusion at any one point in time.

Promoting Community Mental Health Services in Hong Kong

15 December 2009

Services for people with mental health problems in Hong Kong are at a key stage of development as health and social service agencies are moving from institutional to community based models of care and support.  John Carpenter, Professor of Social Work at the School for Policy Studies and Larry Davidson, Professor of Psychology at Yale University will give the key note addresses at a major conference on 15-17 December organised by Caritas a leading voluntary organisation.

Tackling gender-based violence through the Criminal Justice System

11 December 2009

Professor Marianne Hester's Home Office review of the additional powers needed by the criminal justice system to tackle the perpetrators of gender-based violence was covered by BBC online, the Guardian, the Mail, the Mirror, the Press Association and the Telegraph.

Dr Julie Selwyn discusses adoption on Radio 5 Live

10 December 2009

Dr Julie Selwyn, director of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the School for Policy Studies, will be taking part in a panel discussion about adoption on Radio 5 Live today [10 December] between 10.00 and 11.00. Listen live or listen back on the BBC website.

Keynote address given by Ann Singleton at Finnish European Migration Network

9 December 2009

Ann Singleton gave the keynote address at the Annual General Meeting of the Finnish European Migration Network (EMN) on 26 November. The Finnish Network members include officials, academics and NGOs from all over Finland.

Children's views of informal kinship care examined in unprecedented study

2 December 2009

The voice of children living with relatives or friends informally (with no involvement from children’s services) across the UK will be heard in the first far-reaching study of its kind following a Big Lottery Fund grant of £348,451 to the Frank Buttle Trust. The School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol is being commissioned by the Trust to conduct research into the experiences and outcomes of this group of children and their carers in order to gain an understanding of what is needed to improve their circumstances and outcomes.

£1.8million provides boost for research into domestic violence

1 December 2009

A grant of £1.8million has been awarded to researchers at the University of Bristol for a five year research programme that will study domestic violence and abuse across a range of health care providers, aiming to improve their response to victims and perpetrators. The research will be led by a cross-faculty team at the University of Bristol: Professor Gene Feder and Professor Debbie Sharp in the Department of Community Based Medicine, and Professor Marianne Hester and Dr Emma Williamson in the School for Policy Studies.

Environmental justice event: achieving a healthy environment for all

30 November 2009

The recent School for Policy Studies event, "Environmental justice: achieving a healthy environment for all". [11 November 2009] brought together over 80 academics, policy makers, activists, NGOs and the interested public, to focus on the issue of ‘environmental justice’ - the human right to a healthy and safe environment, a fair share of natural resources and access to environmental information and participation in environmental decision-making.

Making the news - report into teenage abuse in dating relationships

26 November 2009

Professor David Berridge and Christine Barter are making the news with their NSPCC-funded report which looks at abuse in teenage ‘dating’ relationships.