Social Policy and Social Work

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Discover more about postgraduate study at our virtual open day, 7 June.


Ed Robson
SPSW Social Work lecturer Ed Robson takes on 3 peaks challenge for York Young Carers

Posted on Thursday 25 May 2017

Ed follows up last year's marathon challenge and swaps trainers for walking boots

Child welfare research group
New and innovative research by the Department on young people entering and leaving care

Posted on Thursday 25 May 2017

The Department for Education has published three evaluations carried out by SPSW's Child Welfare Research Group

Ellen Roberts and Sally Brooks
SPSW's online postgraduate programmes team receive Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Congratulations to Professor Ellen Roberts and team for this recognition of sustained excellence and creativity in teaching and learning


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SPSW experts in national debate:



Policing illicit flows in West Africa

Policing Illicit Flows in West Africa is an expert workshop at the University of York on the governance of illicit flows in West Africa.


Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times: Systems-CenteredĀ® and SAVIĀ® Workshops - June, London

Four Systems-CenteredĀ® 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)


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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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