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Research is one of the key activities that make us a university. The research we do incorporates the core values of the University by being practical and applied and our research aims to make an impact and bring about social benefits at a regional, national and international level. We work closely with the Centre for Health and Social Care Research to bring an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by service users and cares and how professionals can best deliver services.

Our research can be broadly grouped under the below three themes. International research and development is important to the department also, such as the ACES project, a European partnership led by Hallam introducing social work education into two countries of the former USSR.

Children and Families

  • Warm and Well families - the impact of fuel poverty on children with asthma
  • Childhood obesity and child protection
  • The experience of SW practitioners involved in cases of fatal child abuse
  • Child Protection, children and non-resident fathers
  • Child Protection responses to forced marriage and honour based violence
  • Alcohol use of young people not in education employment or training
  • Solution focused approaches to child protection case conferences

Social Work Education

  • Professional Resilience - an interdisciplinary inquiry into early career resilience within SW, teaching and radiotherapy
  • Integrating knowledge and skills for SW with Children and Families
  • SW Skills Development
  • The use of group work in social work education
  • Professional boundaries

Service Evaluation

  • The impact of social care on people with Parkinson's
  • Evaluation of a solution focussed approach to social work in adult care
  • Nature by Nurture - an evaluation for Sheffield Women's Housing Project
  • Evaluation of the Change for Life intervention programme with parents
  • Compass - an evaluation of early intervention with young people at risk of substance misuse and related offending
  • Children and Young People Mental health Service evaluation
  • Derbyshire Voice Health Trainer evaluation
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