Mr Stephen Parker

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  • Qualifications:BSc(Joint Hons) DipIS MA(Law) PGCertHE(Dist) FHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow - Law
  • Department:FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 87834
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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England researching the role of risk prediction and deciscion making in public law interference in private life with a focus primarily on families, child protection and safeguarding. I teach law cross discipline to forensics undergraduates and am the Principle Investigator on the Risk of Risk project (ESCR, £250k) and co-Investigator on the Care Cases Crisis project (Nuffield Foundation, £350k). I also chair my faculty's Research Ethics Committee.

Area of expertise

I have scientific, computing, management and law experience having spent 20 years industry. My unique background gives 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

2018 - 2020 Principal Investigator of the ESRC funded research project (Grant No. ES/R00983X/1) The 'Risk of Risk': remodelling artificial intelligence algorithms for predicting child abuse (£250,000).

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 to present - Chair, Faculty of Business & Law (FBL) Research Ethics Committee (FREC)

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

2014 - 2016 - Member of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Approvals Panel. I completed a 2 year term as lay member of the scrutiny and approvals panel respresenting the public interest.

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


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