The focus of Research in the Division of Social Work and Health is characterised by its very applied nature with an overarching aim of contributing to more responsible people, professions and communities. It draws together social policy and social intervention to improve services and the outcome of those who use them. Examples of projects currently undertaken in this division include:
- substance misuse services for children and young people, funded by Nottingham County Council
- leadership of Social Work Services, funded by Skills for Care
- comparing the priorities of the multitude of excluded homeless people and support agencies, funded by the ESRC.
The division hosts two international journals:
- Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
- Social Work and Social Sciences Review.
Many staff act as editorial board members for other key journals in the field of social and youth work and social policy.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) a large proportion of the research outputs submitted by NTU's social work and social policy (U0A22) Unit of Assessment were judged to be of a quality that is recognised nationally or internationally. The Assessment also highlighted that an impressive 60% of the research submitted was either internationally excellent or world leading.