Department for Education series 2, 2012-13

Children and young people: seminar series with the Department for Education

H&P collaborated with the children and young people directorate at the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver regular, policy-relevant seminars. These events were supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The series was initiated by the Director of policy for children and young people, and historian of Mass Observation, Tom Jeffery, to:

  • help those developing new and innovative approaches to policy learn from, rather than ignore, the past, and
  • increase the Department's understanding of the long term historical background to current polices and policy questions in children's, young people's and family services.

Commenting on the value of these events, DfE Chief Research Officer Richard Bartholomew said: "We trust history & Policy to provide sound information and advice that informs the way we think about current policy issues."

You can now access presentations made by members of the H&P Network at DfE in 2012-13 and 2011-12 below. You may also be interested in H&P's policy papers about families and children and education.

Children's social work: Mike Burt, John Stewart
30 April 2013

  • Mike Burt, University of Chester, Social work with children, 1948-1991: presentation slides [pdf, 488kb]
  • John Stewart, Glasgow Caledonian University, British social work: from the Second World War to the Seebohm report (1968): presentation slides [pdf, 296kb]

Age, rights and responsibility: Hugh Cunningham, Colin Heywood
29 January 2013

  • Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent, Childhood in the life course: presentation slides [pdf, 371kb]
  • Colin Heywood, University of Nottingham, The emergence of a protected childhood: presentation slides [pdf, 501kb]

History of polices for children with emotional or behavioural difficulties: Bonnie Evans, Matt Smith
10 January 2012

  • Bonnie Evans, King's College London, The rise of autism in an educational context: presentation slides [pdf, 788kb]
  • Matt Smith, University of Strathclyde, When psychiatric theory meets education - the case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): presentation slides [pdf, 1.2mb]

Disability, learning difficulty and education, historical perspectives on policy and practice: Anne Borsay, Mark Jackson
26 November 2012

  • Anne Borsay, Swansea University, Disabled children and special education, 1945-1981: presentation slides [pdf, 420kb] and presentation text [pdf 222kb]
  • Mark Jackson, University of Exeter, Care or control? Segregating children with disabilities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: presentation slides [pdf, 100kb]. Mark Jackson was unable to present at DfE due to transport problems, but his presentation is included here for reference.

Histories of adoption: Jenny Keating, Pat Thane
11 October 2012

  • Jenny Keating, Institute of Historical Research, Adoption in England and Wales - the twentieth century: presentation slides [pdf, 1.2mb]
  • Pat Thane, King's College London, Adoption in 20th century England and Wales: presentation slides [pdf, 337kb]


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