I-SPHERE hosts a series of seminars throughout the year with guest speakers from across the UK and beyond.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Unless otherwise specified, seminars are held in the William Arrol Building, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
For further information and to be added to our seminar circulation list contact Jill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Poverty in Ireland
We have had to cancel Delma’s seminar but hope to welcome her to Heriot Watt later in the year so please keep an eye on this event section of our website for updates in due course.
Unpacking Australia’s Housing Affordability Problem
Unfortunately I-SPHERE Honorary Professor Hal Pawson has had to postpone his trip and this event is cancelled but we hope to reschedule in due course.
How the Homelessness Reduction Act became law
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2019 is the biggest legislative change in homelessness law in over 40 years. Paul Anderson from Homelessness Link will share his insights on how the Act came into being.
Multiple Exclusion Homelessness, attachment and relationship with care: A missing link?
For our June seminar we are delighted to have presentations from two I-SPHERE PHD students on their research
Katie Colliver – Family Values: the prioritisation of children in UK homelessness policy
Philippa Watkin – Discretion and social control in supported accommodation for young people in Scotland
Welfare Conditionality as an Obstacle to Trauma Informed Care: The Case of ParentsNext
I-SPHERE are delighted to host Dr Katherine Curchin from Australian National University on 20th July.
Rolled out across Australia in 2018 following a trial of two years, ParentsNext is a government-funded pre-employment programme for disadvantaged recipients of Parenting Payment with children as young as six months. Many of the participants in the programme are victim-survivors of domestic abuse and approximately one-fifth are Indigenous Australians. Drawing on publicly available material including submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into ParentsNext, this paper examines ParentsNext through the lens of trauma-informed care. The trauma-informed care movement seeks to inform the design of human services so that they are less likely to retraumatise clients with unresolved trauma and more likely to help these clients heal and recover. The philosophy of trauma-informed care emphasises the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment and cultural safety. This paper is one of the first internationally to demonstrate the usefulness of applying a trauma-informed care lens at the scale of national government policy, not just at the smaller scale of individual organisations.
This study finds that although many of the non-governmental organisations contracted to deliver ParentsNext embrace the philosophy of trauma-informed care, the design of ParentsNext is inhibiting the organisations’ ability to deliver pre-employment services in a trauma-informed way. A central element of the programme causing anxiety among clients and providers alike is the way that it links to the social security system. Participants are at risk of having their income support payments suspended suddenly if they fail to report their attendance at activities such as playgroup. Some participants have likened the surveillance and economic coercion they experience within ParentsNext to the coercive control they were subjected to by their violent partners. The case of ParentsNext demonstrates that strong political commitment to welfare conditionality, as is currently evident in Australia, can be a significant obstacle to the delivery of trauma-informed social services.
You can find out more about Katherine’s research here
Lived Experiences of choice, control and success in Housing First
Chris Parker works for Newcastle City Council as Active Inclusion Officer. The role is aligned to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government funded Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer, a service transformation programme focused on identifying and responding to residents who are at risk of homelessness at an earlier stage.
Chris has a PHD from Northumbria University, on the implementation of Housing First.
He will brings insights from his work and research into this seminar on the Lived Experiences of choice, control and success in Housing First.
Administrative data for social policy research: potential and pitfalls
By Professor Nick Bailey, Glasgow University
Find out more about Nick here
Freedom and social citizenship: In defence of public services that stem from social rights
by Dr Koldo Casla, University of Essex
Find out more about Koldo here