City of London/Goldsmiths Knowledge Transfer Programme

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The City of London/Goldsmiths Knowledge Transfer Programme is a three year partnership between the City of London Department of Community, Children’s Services - People Directorate, and STACS.

It is being established at an important time for the design and delivery of social and health care services to local communities in the UK.

Increasingly governments expect that services should be informed by reliable knowledge and that staff are appropriately skilled in providing flexible and responsive interventions that respond to the needs of service users. At the same time universities and governments are more attentive to the impact that research and learning has for user communities, including organisations and those who receive services.

These policies also coincide with recent, major changes in the structure of social work education and practice. Both the Social Work Reform Board recommendations and the Munro Report reference the need for improved partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and practice organisations. These reports noted that development of an effective Knowledge Transfer Programme offers a key contribution to resilience in practitioners and services.

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Research about Neglectful Parents fromn Affluent Backgrouns in the Child Protection System

Wednesday 31 January 2018 from 1400 – 1700 

This seminar is organised by the Knowledge Transfer Programme run by the City of London Corporation Department of Community and Children’s Services – People Directorate and Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.
Professor Claudia Bernard, who led the research, will present the findings and there will be ample time to develop and discuss the practice implications for social workers. The seminar will also mark the completion of the three year Knowledge Transfer Programme. The City of London Corporation is continuing the approach developed through the Knowledge Transfer Programme by joining the South East London Teaching Partnership and participation in the Making Research Count network.

We would like to encourage anyone who is interested to attend. The seminar will be of particular interest to staff and students from Goldsmiths University, Social Workers and other staff from the City of London Corporation, staff from the authorities in the South East London Teaching Partnership and any other university staff and practitioners researching into related areas of social work practice.

The benefit of attending this seminar could help inform potential research and practice opportunities.



Chris Pelham and Kevin Jones

Isabelle Trowler Chief Social Worker for Children and Families 

The Knowledge Transfer Programme its work and outcomes

Chris Pelham and Kevin Jones

Summary of Exploration of research How Social Workers Engage Neglectful Parents from Affluent Backgrounds in the Child Protection System

Professor Claudia Bernard

(Plus a CoL practitioner?)

Group Task


Feedback Session


City of London joining the

South East London Teaching Partnership


Chris Pelham and Nimal Jude

 Implementation of the Solihull Approach in the City of London: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study

Read about our joint research project being undertaken by Goldsmiths and the City of London as part of the KTP to evaluate how the Solihull Approach to working with children and families is being implemented in the City of London.

Event: Social Isolation in the City

10am-4pm Friday 27 November 2015

Guildhall City of London

This event was presented by the Knowledge Transfer Programme - People Directorate of the Department of Community & Children’s Services, City of London and the Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies ( STaCS) Department of Goldsmiths, University of London.

The evidence on the detrimental effects of social isolation is clear and becoming more detailed. This seminar used presentations and research to contribute to the development of further community based methods to reduce social isolation and support City residents to find ways that suit them to overcome the difficulties associated with social isolation.