Find out what's happening in SPRU with information about our latest news and events, new research projects and latest research findings.
New research projects announced focusing on the social implications of Covid-19
Posted on Thursday 23 April 2020
Academics at the University of York are to examine the legal and societal impact of Covid-19 in two separate studies announced today.
Ruth Patrick embarks upon a study into the impacts of recent benefit reforms on larger families
Posted on Thursday 6 February 2020
Focusing on the two-child limit and benefits cap, the research is funded by Nuffield Foundation and is a collaboration with Oxford University (Dr Aaron Reeves), LSE (Dr Kitty Stewart) and the Child Poverty Action Group.
Peer Researchers attend homelessness conference in Ireland
Posted on Wednesday 27 November 2019
The Peer Research and Understanding Homelessness: Exploring Practice, Learning and Innovation conference, was held in Dublin on 20 November 2019 by Focus Ireland. Guests and speakers included services and charities working within the homeless sector across Europe, some of whom were already using a peer research methodology.
Veterans’ substance abuse has devastating impact on loved ones
Posted on Thursday 14 November 2019
Professor Charlie Lloyd is calling on the families of veterans with substance abuse problems to take part in a major survey looking at their experiences.
Homelessness can be reduced using innovative ‘Housing First’ model
Posted on Friday 11 October 2019
A housing model has proved effective in reducing homelessness across Europe but it needs more political support to increase its impact, says a new study led by the University of York.
We're 6th in the UK
Posted on Monday 23 September 2019
Social Policy and Social Work at York is in the top ten for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
National House Project nominated for Children and Young People Now Award
Posted on Wednesday 18 September 2019
An innovative project evaluated by SPSW researchers has been nominated for the Leaving Care Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards 2019.
Self-funders' experiences of social care
Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2019
New research project looking at self-funders' experiences of social care, led by Dr Kate Baxter.
Social Policy Research Unit granted International Society for Child Indicators Impact Award
Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2019
The Social Policy Research Unit and The Children's Society have been awarded the 2019 International Society for Child Indicators Impact Award.
Researching rough sleepers
Posted on Wednesday 24 July 2019
A new project will be looking at improving access to healthcare for people living rough.
International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health
Posted on Monday 22 July 2019
The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research hosts conference providing insights into leading social work practice and research.
The Children's Worlds project June conference at the University of Nantes
Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2019
Results were presented from the first 22 countries participating in the 'Third wave' phase of the project.
Majority of children in care have experienced significant abuse and neglect
Posted on Thursday 20 June 2019
A joint study by researchers at the Universities of York and Stirling has found that 90% of children in Scotland who go into care when aged five or under have experienced significant abuse and neglect before they enter the care system.
Study reveals everyday technology helps fight loneliness
Posted on Friday 14 June 2019
A new report suggests that people feel less lonely when they have access to everyday technology such as a radio, television or tablet.
Introduction to University Day
Posted on Friday 7 June 2019
Jade Ward from the Social Policy Research Unit was invited as a guest speaker to the 'Introduction to University' day for care leavers and professionals, held at the University of Hull on 29th. May 2019.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work moves into the UK top ten.
Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2019
This week the Department confirmed its place among the UK's most highly regarded departments for the subject of Social Work. The Department is ranked 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020.
National Leaving Care Forum
Posted on Friday 26 April 2019
Jade Ward and Jo Dixon from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, along with Holly Hennell, Manager from York Cares, and two participants, Amy and Shelly, share the Bright Futures Practice Guide at the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF).
Specialist Dementia Nurses Support Carers with the most Complex Needs
Posted on Thursday 11 April 2019
Having contact with a nurse who understands dementia and has the time to get to know their situation could improve carers' confidence and help them to feel supported.
Sleep-out for SASH
Posted on Monday 8 April 2019
More than 100 people slept rough in York recently and raised over £17,000 for a youth homelessness charity.
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.
Helping Older People to Engage Effectively with Community Social Care (The HOPES study)
This study aims to understand how support workers help older adults with mental health needs to accept and receive social care.
Finding and Funding Social Care a Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Self-funders
The purpose of this project is to understand self-funders' experiences of finding and funding social care, and create an online resource of peer experiences.
Parents' Stories of their Children's Lives: a follow-on study of QUEST parents
The purpose of this study is to understand the factors that influence the mental health and well-being of teenagers on the autism spectrum.
Latest research findings from SPRU
Read the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) internal report here: Assistance Dogs Review - internal report (PDF , 802kb)
Download a PDF of the final report - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia - report (PDF , 4,574kb)
Download a PDF of the plain English summary - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia - summary (PDF , 114kb)
Download a PDF of the scientific summary - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia (PDF , 139kb)
Download a PDF of the summary of findings - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers for people with dementia (PDF , 886kb)