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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

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.