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Stephen Parker

Senior Lecturer in Law


Dirty science and murky law (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2018, December). Dirty science and murky law. Paper presented at Dirty Science and Murky Law

This invited research seminar at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia explores the 'murky science' of risk prediction in relation to familial abuse, and the 'dirty law' enabling the State's response to it.

Consequences of a positivistic approach to child abuse (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Parker, S. (2018, December). Consequences of a positivistic approach to child abuse. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference 2018: The Future is in the Past

Within the UK’s positivistic paradigm, the belief is that data can predict human behaviour. This has led to the use of algorithmic risk prediction systems from profit making providers, including risk prediction for child abuse. These algorithms assum... Read More about Consequences of a positivistic approach to child abuse.

Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, December). Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England. Paper presented at Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

In England, the State’s role in child protection social work practice is paternalistic and rights focussed. A neo-liberal ideology is evident via policies promoting ‘innovation’. The UK government devolves powers enabling each local authority to us... Read More about Rethinking the welfare/policing dichotomy: Reflections from England.

Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect (2017)
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Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017). Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

This submission is presented by Dr Lauren Devine, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, and Mr Stephen Parker, Senior Law Lecturer, Centre for Applied Legal Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. We are Principal and Co-Investigator o... Read More about Submission to the open consultation by HM Government: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Findings from an analysis of key areas of child protection and safeguarding strategy (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, July). Rethinking child protection strategy: Findings from an analysis of key areas of child protection and safeguarding strategy. Paper presented at Changing Lives Workshop

This invited presentation was delivered at Pembroke College, Oxford at the 'Changing Lives Workshop' 10th July 2017. This multi-disciplinary workshop was jointly organised by the University of Oxford and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments' (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, May). Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments'. Paper presented at Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Conference 2017

This paper draws on the results of our two year Economic and Social Research Council funded project 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy', explaining the project, its findings and their use in designing a sustainable framework around the growing num... Read More about Rethinking child protection strategy: Designing a sustainable framework for children’s social care referrals and assessments'.

'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2017, February). 'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system. Paper presented at Invited workshop

An invited workshop presentation for Family Policymakers and Analysts at the Ministry of Justice. The presentation covers the final data and theoretical findings from 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy' (ESRC grant number ES/M000990/1) together w... Read More about 'Rethinking child protection strategy': Causes and consequences of children in the care system.

Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2016, July). Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding. Paper presented at Public Debate 21 July 2016 : Is our child protection system too risk adverse?

This paper is a summary of evidence given by the expert panel at the Public engagement event held at Bristol Family Justice Centre, 21st July 2016. This event debated the motion ‘Is the child protection system too risk adverse?’ The expert panel con... Read More about Risk and (un)reliability in child protection and safeguarding.

Report of evidence presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children: Inquiry into children’s social care (2016)
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Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2016). Report of evidence presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children: Inquiry into children’s social care

Evidence indicates that, over the past five years in England, overall demand for children’s social care services has increased, while English local authorities’ spending power has decreased. The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) has... Read More about Report of evidence presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children: Inquiry into children’s social care.

Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’: Findings from a large scale study (2016)
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Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2016). Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’: Findings from a large scale study

This short article was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to appear on their Revisiting Child Protection ESRC Impact Project blog. The article summarises the paper given by Dr Lauren Devine at the University of Edinburgh entitled Making the... Read More about Making the case for 'Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’: Findings from a large scale study.

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