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Launch of Brighter Futures for Care Leavers Consultation

Posted on Tuesday 12 February 2019

A consultation on outcomes and aftercare for young people leaving care in Ireland. Jo Dixon and Jade Ward presented their consultation report at a launch event in Dublin on the 7th. February 2019.

National Care Leavers Week Celebration

Posted on Tuesday 27 November 2018

Reflecting on National Care Leavers Week, looking at the co-production work between York researchers and care leavers.

Adult social care and financial services sectors share aspirations towards better joint working

Posted on Monday 26 November 2018

A lack of understanding between members of the public, adult social care organisations and the financial services sector is preventing people from getting advice about paying for care later in life, new research suggests.

South Korean policymakers visit York

Posted on Tuesday 20 November 2018

During October, the Department of Social Policy and Social Work hosted a visit from South Korean researchers and officials working in the field of social care.

Major boost for social care research

Posted on Thursday 8 November 2018

Social care research at the University of York will receive a share of £20 million funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), boosting research to improve adult social care across the country.

New Projects


Latest research findings from SPRU

Life story work in dementia care

What is good practice and how are life stories used?

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Research summary

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Disability, care and participation: secondary analysis of the Life Opportunities Survey and the 2009/10 Survey of Carers in Households

The aims of this research were to explore how patterns of impairment, disability and caring have changed over time, look at how disabled people and those who live with them experience barriers to participating in society, and explore whether disabled people who live in more deprived areas or in the countryside experience different sorts and sizes of barriers from other disabled people by reanalysing data from three national surveys of caring and of impairment and disability.

More about the project.

Download reports:

Disability, Care and Participation: secondary analysis of the Life Opportunities (PDF  , 3,344kb)

The Changing Face of Caring (PDF  , 2,208kb)

Technical Report GHS (PDF  , 1,015kb)

Technical Report LOS (PDF  , 647kb)

Technical Report SCH (PDF  , 849kb

The SIgN project: Self-funders and information needs

The aim of this research was to provide evidence about how self-funders go about getting the information and advice they need, and how staff from local councils, hospitals and charities can best support this process to ensure they are able to make informed decisions about their care wherever possible.

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Outputs from this project will be posted shortly.


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