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Research in the Department of Social Work and Social Care

Social Work and Social Care is a vital how society functions and is one of the major means by which the state intervenes in personal welfare, yet both are often underplayed and under-researched. We seek to redress the balance.

The Department of Social Work and Social Care comprises of a team of academics who specialise in research related to social work with adults, social work with children and families, and people experiencing mental distress.

Research in the Division focuses on four strands:

  • Religion, Belief and Social Work
  • Understanding Policy and Practice with children and families
  • Experiences of people who use services
  • The Organisation and Management of Social Work

Some examples of our research include:

  • Tackling child abuse in Pakistan
  • The impact of compensation for historic survivors of abuse
  • The importance of hair and skin to a black child’s identity
  • The experiences of refugee and asylum seeking minors in the UK
  • Care experienced social work students and practitioners
  • The use of blogs as a formative teaching tool
  • International Social Work Practice and collaborative social work education.

If you would like to know more about the Department's research, please contact Trevor Rodgers-Gray.

PhD applications

PhD applications are welcome on a range of subjects including:

  • Care-experience and care leavers;
  • Child protection, child abuse and child sexual exploitation;
  • Experiences of ethnic minorities in the UK;
  • Historic child abuse;
  • Child abuse inquiries and redress;
  • Childrens participation in research;
  • International social work;
  • Leadership and management in social work;
  • Mental health;
  • Populations affected by violence and conflict;
  • Power in social work practice;
  • Residential care;
  • Serious case reviews and investigations;
  • Service user and carer perspectives and experiences in social work and social care, in social work education and in research;
  • Social work and environmentalism;
  • Social work and power;
  • Social work with asylum seekers and refugees;
  • Transgender health and social justice;
  • Young carers.