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Professor David Berridge

Professor David Berridge

Professor David Berridge
BSc(Brun), PhD(Bristol), DLitt(Beds), OBE

Professor of Child & Family Welfare

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 6730

Biography

David joined the School in September 2005 having previously been Research Director at the National Children's Bureau and Research Fellow at the Dartington Social Research Unit. David is currently the head of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare.

He is a leading national and international child welfare researcher and is author/co-author of 13 books and numerous other chapters and articles. He began his career as a residential social worker with adolescents. His current research is focusing on residential children's homes with the Department for Education; and an evaluation of a pilot programme offering driving lessons to looked after young people.  

David also acts as children's services adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee. He was awarded the OBE in January 2005 for services to children.

Teaching

David supervises student dissertations and contributes to the social work qualifying and post-qualifying programmes as well as the Childhood Studies programme.

Keywords

  • Child and family welfare
  • foster and residential care for children
  • children in need
  • adolescence
  • educational disadvantage
  • special education
  • knowledge-based professional practice
  • institutional child abuse.

Expertise

I am currently the head of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare (FPCW), which is a focus for research and consultancy in child welfare, family policy and domestic violence. My current research concerns educating young people away from home; anti-social and disturbing behaviour in residential care; and, in association with the NSPCC, exploitation and violence in teenage dating relationships. I joined the School of Policy Studies in September 2005 having previously been Research Director at the National Children's Bureau and Research Fellow at the Dartington Social Research Unit. I have been a member of the government's Adoption and Permanence 'Taskforce' and was awarded the OBE in January 2005 for services to children.

  • child welfare
  • children in care
  • adolescence
  • residential care
  • foster care
  • institutional child abuse
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School for Policy Studies

    Research centres

    Recent publications

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