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Young people leaving care expert Professor Van Breda visits SPSW

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017

Adrian Van Breda from the University of Johannesburg is welcomed by the Child Welfare Research Group

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SPSW Improving Children’s Lives online course continues to engage learners from around the world

Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017

Now in its second week the 'Improving Children’s Lives' course gathers momentum

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York becomes first Human Rights City in the UK

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Honorary Fellow in SPSW and former Senior Lecturer in Social Work, is closely involved in this momentus event


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SPSW experts in national debate:



Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times: Systems-Centered® and SAVI® Workshops - June, London

Four Systems-Centered® workshops for workers in private organisations, healthcare, social care. local government, voluntary sector, or to enhance personal lives, in couple, families and communities


Social Policy, Inequality and Poverty in Eastern Europe 13-15 June 2017, St Petersburg, Russia

Workshop with CROP, University of Bergen (Norway), Institute of Economics, Zagreb (Croatia), CRCG, University of York (UK)and the Norwegian Study Centre, St. Petersburg (Russia)


The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption

This event will explore social work in adoption including post adoption support and gay and lesbian adopters.


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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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