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social care
Making a difference for young adult patients
How small changes in practice can improve their care
social work - face of serious boy
How well does the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) work?
Early process evaluation by SPRU
health - young disabled child in chair
People who fund their own social care
Large and increasing numbers 'self-fund' but little is known about them
social care - controls on fitness machine
Risk, safety and safeguarding
Implications for integrated care between health and social care sectors

The Social Policy Research Unit has an international reputation for excellence in research in social policy, especially health and social care, poverty, welfare and social work.

Based at the University of York since it was established in 1973, The Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) has become recognised as one of the leading centres for research in social policy in the UK. Three strong commitments underpin SPRU’s research:

  • to reflect, and communicate, the experiences and views of the users and beneficiaries of services and policy interventions;
  • to recognise that people’s lives do not divide into neat segments which coincide with agency and professional boundaries, and to engage in research which crosses these boundaries;
  • to make our research influential in bringing about change, and therefore to communicate findings effectively to key audiences; and engage actively with policy makers and practitioners in thinking through their implications.

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SPRU is a winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2009

SPRU is part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.

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