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Home or care?
Innovative new project looks at a birth cohort study to find out what works best for abused or neglected children
social work - face of serious boy
How well does the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) work?
Read the findings of the new claims process evaluation by SPRU
health - young disabled child in chair
Reablement - how to do it well
New project looking at the best service models and what affects the reablement process. *
social care - controls on fitness machine
Palliative care needs for children in Scotland
How many children need palliative care?
What are their particular requirements? *

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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