Professor Roy Parker
Author of Uprooted: The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada
Roy Parker is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bristol and a fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington. Before that he was a lecturer at the London School of Economics. He has under taken research in a number of fields, including the politics of social policy,housing, the care of the elderly, social security and children's services, especially its historical aspects. He has served as Chair of the Social Policy Association, British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering and has been a scientific advisor to the Department of Health.
His recent books have included: Adoption Now (Wiley, 1999); Disabled Children in Britain (with Gordon and Loughran, TSO, 2000), and Uprooted: the Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917 (Policy Press, 2008). Amongst recent articles there have been The Evolution of Landmark Legislation (Journal of Children's Services, 5:1, 2010); Change and Continuity:1980-2010 (Adoption and Fostering, 34:3, 2010) and Getting Started with the 1948 Children Act: What do we Learn? (Adoption and Fostering, 35:5,2011).