Social Work (Children and Young People)
The Social Work (Children and Young People) Research Group focuses mainly on social work and associated services for:
- vulnerable children and young people
- young people in care
- young people leaving care
- young offenders
It includes research, dissemination, consultancy and service development aspects.
The research group is a member of the Home Office/Ministry of Justice's Science and Research Group (SRG) Methods and Topic-Based Framework Agreement. They are preferred suppliers of research for these departments in the areas of:
- Offender Management and Sentencing (OMS) Analytical Services - which creates knowledge and builds the evidence based policy to ensure that policy, commissioning and investment decisions are informed by the best available evidence on what is most cost effective.
- Experimental and quasi-experimental methods and outcome evaluations - these types of evaluations are most commonly used to provide estimates of the effects of a policy either in terms of what was expected of it at the outset or compared with some other intervention or with doing nothing at all, including possible cost benefit analysis needs.