Homeless women need shelter from the cold16 December 2010Bristol 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 Asia13 December 2010In 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.
Research into honour-based violence makes international impact8 December 2010Research 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 training7 December 2010A 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
Adoption expert, Dr Julie Selwyn, quoted in the Times17 November 2010Dr 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.
Physical activity firmly on the agenda for public health27 October 2010Professor 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.
New network will help military families experiencing domestic abuse13 October 2010Domestic 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.
Lifetime achievement award for Professor David Quinton29 September 2010Professor 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 study27 September 2010A 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 active23 September 2010We 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.
Vacancy for Research Associate (Part-time)16 September 2010Vacancy 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.
Dr William Turner wins Leonard E. Gibbs Award for foster care review23 August 2010Dr 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".
Improving children's rights: School helps develop new diploma programme in Egypt and Jordan4 August 2010Funded 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 strength1 August 2010On 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 Turney8 July 2010Relationship-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 Smith1 July 2010Residential 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) Workshop25 June 2010In 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.
School for Policy Studies at world conference on social work and social development11 June 2010The 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 children8 June 2010Successful 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.
Relationship violence and the role the bystander plays in preventing violence1 June 2010In 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.
Call for papers - Policy and Politics Conference 2010: Politics of austerity or the austerity of politics?21 May 2010Politics 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.
Why does equality matter?19 May 2010Why 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.