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. Our health and social care research brings an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by service users and carers and how professionals can best deliver services.

As part of the Health Research Institute and the soon to be launched Applied Health and Social Care Research Centre, our research contributes to established themes of:

  • Maternal, child and family health and social care
  • Ageing and long-term conditions
  • Health and social care workforce
  • Technology, data and digital innovations

International research and development is important to the department, such as the Aces project, a European partnership led by Hallam introducing social work education into two countries of the former USSR.

Maternal child and family health and social care

  • 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

Health and social care workforce

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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