Mr Stephen Parker

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Area of expertise

I have scientific, computing, management and law experience having spent 20 years in the engineering industry. My unique background has given me a cross discipline approach to law and first hand experience of how expert scientific and computing experts view the law and legal process.

My interest in expert evidence, the interface between the State and citizens and the use of risk prediction in the child protection system has resulted in me researching in the area. This overlaps with my teaching and several funded projects.

Funded Projects

2017 - 2019 Co-Investigator on the NUffield Foundation funded research project (Grant No. JUS/43090) Investigating the reasons for the rise in Care Order Applications in the Family Courts with particular focus on the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre  (£350,544).

2014 - 2017 Co-Investigator on the ESRC funded research project (ES/M000990/1), Rethinking Child Protection Strategy, looking at child protection and safeguarding with a particular interest in risk assessment and measures of performance (£202,487).

2012 - 2014 Research Assistant for the empirical research project: Translating the duty to safeguard children into child protection referrals: Evaluating Training Effectiveness and Outcomes in and Education Setting (UWE Early Career Researcher Grant, £15,224)


2017 - Chair, FBL Research Ethics Committee

2015 - Director of Research & Operations, Solutions for Safeguarding CIC (SfScic).

2014 - 2016 Member of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Approvals Panel. I am a lay member of the scrutiny and approvals panel respresenting the interests of the public.

2014 - Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary & Expert Evidence Network(IEEN).


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