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Guest Lecture Series 2016

Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People’s Services

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3 - 5 pm, Location: P203 (Postgraduate and CPD Centre)

  • Turning Round the Tanker - Observations on Change in Approaches to Children in Custody
  • John Drew, Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire
  • Introduction by John Pitts, Vauxhall Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 3 - 5 pm, Location: P203 (Postgraduate and CPD Centre)

  • Turning Private Troubles into Public Issues
  • Sue Berelowitz, Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire
  • Introduction by Jenny Pearce, Professor of Young People and Public Policy
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Monday, 4 July 2016, 3 - 5 pm, Location: P107 (Postgraduate and CPD Centre)

  • Bearing the Unbearable: the Psychological Heart of Child Protection Work
  • Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work, Tavistock and Portman NHS FT, University of East
  • London
  • Introduction by John Pitts, Vauxhall Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3 - 5 pm, Location: P303 (Postgraduate and CPD Centre)

  • Making Sense of Research into Child Maltreatment
  • David Shemmings, Professor of Child Protection Research, University of Kent
  • Introduction by David Wilkins, Senior Research Fellow, Tilda Goldberg Centre
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 3.30 - 5.30 pm, Location TBC

  • Title: TBC
  • Klara Skrivankova, Head of Europe Programme, Anti-Slavery International
  • Introduction by Kiril Sharapov, Programme Convener
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Monday, 17 October 2016, 3 - 5 pm, Location: TBC

  • Violence and Abuse in Young People's Relationships
  • Christine Barter, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  • Introduction by Jenny Pearce, Professor of Young People and Public Policy
  • Followed by cheese & wine


Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2.30- 3. 30 pm, Location: TBC

  • Complexity, uncertainty & the search for truth: assessing the knowledge and skills of child and family social workers
  • Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families
  • Introduction by: TBC



If you wish to attend any of these events, please register. Registration is required. Your registration details will only be used to keep you informed of any changes (location, time, title or, in rare instances, cancellations). Direction to the University of Bedfordshire's Luton campus: If you have any questions or need to contact us about any of these events, please email  

Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People’s Services (PDCYPS)

Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People's Services is a part-time doctoral award offered by the Institute for Applied Social Research within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire. It offers a broad based advanced programme for professionals and managers working in children and young people's services, and allied fields as an alternative route to a traditional PhD. The programme covers the fields of youth justice, child sexual exploitation, and young people, children and families services. It offers a unique opportunity to study at the highest level and equips students with a critical knowledge-base and theoretical grounding in theory, policy and practice across a range of issues that impact on children and young people, and a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of research methods. Supervision and teaching are delivered by leading experts in their field.

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Christine Barter

Christine Barter is currently an NSPCC Senior Research Fellow at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. In May 2006 she will be taking up a new post as Reader at the University of Central Lancashire’s Connect Centre. She has published widely on a range of children's welfare issues including children who run away, protecting young people from racism and racial abuse, boys’ use of advice and counselling services, institutional abuse and peer violence in residential children’s homes and foster care. Her most recent work has focused on violence and control in teenage intimate relationships. She has acted as a consultant for the Home Office since 2009 and presented findings to a wide range of inquiries and commissions. She recently led on a major European research project focusing on the use of new technologies in young people's relationships (see She is currently acting as an expert for a Children in Need/Premier League prevention programme on youth violence and evaluating the ‘Sex and Stuff’ educational toolkit.

Sue Berelowitz

Sue Berelowitz, Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, is a leading expert on child protection with a particular focus on child sexual abuse and exploitation. Sue was previously the Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England and Chief Executive of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner where she led on child protection, children in care and youth justice. Sue chaired the groundbreaking national Inquiry into the sexual exploitation of children in the context of gangs and groups, setting out for the first time the scale, extent and nature of such violence in England, changing awareness and practice across the nation. As expert in youth justice and children’s rights, Sue chaired the children’s sub-group of the UK National Preventive Mechanism for the Monitoring of Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. Sue is now an independent consultant. She lectures extensively on child protection and is in demand as an adviser and trainer on child protection, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work at the Tavistock Centre and UEL. He is a practising clinical social worker and psychotherapist in the Adolescent Family Therapy service at the Tavistock. His publications include Borderline Welfare: Feeling and fear of feeling in modern welfare (2005, with Julian Lousada) and a forthcoming collection of papers and essays Conjunctions: Between social work, psychoanalysis and society to be published by Karnac Books in the Tavistock series in 2016.  

John Drew C.B.E.

Professor John Drew has been leading an Independent Review into the handling of child sexual exploitation by South Yorkshire Police. John was Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 and prior to that had spent a decade as a Director of Social Services and Housing in the east London borough of Redbridge. John had worked as a children’s social work since 1974, qualifying as a social worker at the University of Sheffield in 1978. Since retiring in 2013, John has taken on a number of non-executive and part time roles. Principal amongst these are that he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, chairs the Medway Safeguarding Children’s Board, and is a deputy chair of the Criminal Justice Alliance. John is also a Senior Associate of the Prison Reform Trust and in this capacity acts as secretary to the Laming Inquiry into children in care and the criminal justice system.

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher is Professor of Evidence-Based Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire. Mike’s expertise lies in evidence-based policy and practice, with a particular focus on services to people with dementia. He was Director of Research at the National Institute for Social Work (1996-2001) and at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (2001-12) before joining the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Research in Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire in 2012. In 2014, Mike became Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research. He is a registered social worker and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Jenny Pearce, O.B.E.

Jenny Pearce is Professor of Young People and Public Policy, University of Bedfordshire, which was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for research on child sexual exploitation influencing safeguarding in 2013. She is Joint Director of the ‘International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking’ managing applied child centred, child protection research. She is the Chair of the Academic Advisory Board to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 2015 ongoing, and is a panel member of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family environment. Her research and consultancy focuses on preventing sexual violence against children and she works with a range of national and international agencies towards this aim. She is developing an international network of agencies developing practice based evidence for preventing child sexual exploitation and sexual violence against children.

John Pitts

John Pitts is Director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime and Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. He is a Visiting Professor at Suffolk University College and the East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai. John is Associate Editor of Safer Communities and Youth and Policy. He has written extensively about youth justice in England and Wales, most notably in The New Politics of Youth Crime(Macmillan, 2001) and in the past eight years he has undertaken studies of violent youth gangs in London, Manchester and West Yorkshire, some of the findings of which are recounted in Reluctant Gangsters (Willan/ Routledge, 2008). Since 2007 he has acted as an adviser on violent youth gangs to local authorities and police forces. He was a consultant to the Centre for Social Justice Enquiry into violent youth gangs in the UK, published as Dying to Belong (2009) and a participant in the Prime Minister's Gang Summit in October 2011. He was deputy chair of the London Gangs Forum and a member of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. In 2011 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters for his ‘outstanding contribution to the development of youth justice in England and Wales’.

Kiril Sharapov

Kiril Sharapov is Programme Convenor of the Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People's Services. In his research capacity, he is affiliated with the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire, and with the Centre for Policy Studies at Central European University (Hungary). In 2013-2014, Dr Sharapov led a research project investigating public understanding of human trafficking in three European countries. This research was funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship awarded by the European Commission. His interdisciplinary research examines the relationship between vulnerability to human rights abuses vis-à-vis neoliberal governmentality by focusing on the phenomena of migration, unfree labour and environmental degradation. Dr Sharapov is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

David Shemmings O.B.E.

David Shemmings is Professor of Child Protection Research at the University of Kent, UK and Visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to moving to Kent in 2007, David was Professor of Social Work Research at Middlesex University. He qualified in 1974 and worked with traumatised children for a number of years. He then became a policy adviser for services to children and families to the Director of Social Services in Essex and was then Deputy Director of Social Services in Southend, before joining the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1988. David spent 17 years at UEA, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Howe. David is the author of over 60 articles, books and chapters on relationally-based social work theory, research and practice. With his partner, Yvonne, he published in 2011 Understanding Disorganized Attachment: Theory and Practice of Working with Children and Adults (JKP Books) and, with David Wilkins and the late Brian Corby, Child Abuse: A Evidence Base for Confident Practice (McGraw-Hill). More recently in 2014, David and Yvonne edited Assessing Disorganised Attachment Behaviour in Children: An Evidence-based Model for Understanding and Supporting Families (JKP Books). David also co-directs with Yvonne the Attachment and Relationship-based Practice training in over 40 child protection organisations across the UK and Europe. Finally, he is co-Director, with Dr Jane Reeves, of the online Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent which has recently established a multi-disciplinary and international distance-learning MA in Advanced Child Protection as well as ‘serious, interactive games’ to enhance practitioners’ skills.  

Klara Skrivankova


Isabelle Trowler

Isabelle Trowler took up her post as Chief Social Worker for Children and Families in September 2013. Since qualifying as a social worker in 1996, Isabelle has worked within the voluntary and statutory sectors both in education and social care settings, and in a variety of practice and leadership roles. Previously, Isabelle worked as the Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care in Hackney and later as Director of Morning Lane Associates. She co-founded a new model of delivering child and family social work in the UK called ‘Reclaiming Social Work’ and more commonly referred to as the ‘Hackney model’.

David Wilkins

David Wilkins is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire. David’s primary research interest is how social work practice influences outcomes for children and families and how social work supervision shapes practice. David has led or been involved in projects or programmes which between them have collected more than 1,000 observations or recordings of social workers in practice. David has previously worked as an Academic Tutor for the Frontline programme, a social work lecturer for Anglia Ruskin University and as a social worker, manager and Principal Social Worker.

Organiser + Chair: Kiril Sharapov, University of Bedfordshire
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