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Erwin James with Alice Lovell
York CrimSoc welcomes Guardian columnist and ex-life sentence offender Erwin James

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2016

Organised by Applied Social Science Crime and Criminal Justice student Alice Lovell the event treated the audience to a fascinating account of Erwin's life

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Is life good for children in the UK?

Posted on Monday 4 April 2016

A new book, edited by a University of York Professor in Social Policy, reveals that since 2009 UK children's physical health is improving, but they are more unhappy

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SPSW at York is Ranked 4th in the UK and 25th in the World

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2016

Congratulations again for SPSW achieving spectacular ratings in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016


SPSW experts in national debate:



Young People on the edge of care; innovative approaches to support

Jo Dixon of the University of York will present findings of a number of recent studies that look at ways in which support can be provided to young people on the edge of care.


Risk and decision making in social work

A highly interactive day considering risk-taking in social work and how research and evidence can be used to support robust decision-making.

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3rd Year Students in a Seminar

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at York is one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research in social policy, social work and professional development for public managers.

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