Social Work and Social Policy

The unit’s underlying research ethos is reflected in a desire to influence policy and practice with a view to enhancing social interventions. A significant component of our research is undertaken on behalf of, and in partnership with, key user groups including local, national and international policy makers and practitioners across social and criminal justice agencies.

The following Impact Case Studies are linked to this UoA:

UoA Co-ordinator: James Hunter

Social Work and Social Policy orientated research at the University draws upon academic staff from a wide range of disciplinary areas within the School of Social Sciences. These include:

  • criminology
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • social policy
  • social work.

Research activity in this area is concentrated within two distinctive research clusters:

  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions.

Members of the unit have completed work for:

  • national government departments (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Departments of Health, Education, Communities and the Local Government Cabinet Office)
  • national professional or subject bodies (National Youth Agency, Children’s Workforce Development Council, National Children’s Bureau, Homeless Link)
  • local and regional government departments and agencies.

The unit’s members work directly with organisations involved in public service delivery including:

  • police forces
  • prisons
  • NHS healthcare services
  • youth services
  • social services.

Our long standing relationship with key stakeholder organisations reflects our commitment to meaningful engagement with user groups.

Research groups

  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions.

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