2021 News

Women are homeless in greater numbers than has previously been assumed, new research shows

Posted on Friday 17 December 2021

Women's homelessness occurs at a far greater scale than is recognised and systemic failures leave many in a “state of survival,” new study reveals.

Assistance dogs significantly improve the lives of people living with hearing loss

Posted on Wednesday 1 December 2021

New research shows that assistance dogs trained to support deaf people, and those living with hearing loss, have positive and wide-ranging impacts on people’s lives.

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Groundbreaking research centre to explore how policing can better service the needs of vulnerable groups

Posted on Tuesday 30 November 2021

The universities of York and Leeds are to jointly lead a £10m research centre dedicated to better understanding how the police and other services can prevent and reduce vulnerabilities.

Centrepoint launch a new University of York report on the evaluation of a two year Housing First for Care Leavers pilot project

Posted on Thursday 11 November 2021

The evaluation results strongly suggested that a Housing First model for care leavers is worthy of replication in other settings.

Gordon Brown warns 3.5m households face fuel poverty this winter

Posted on Wednesday 27 October 2021

Analysis from Professor Jonathan Bradshaw and Dr Antonia Keung, Social Policy and Social Work.

Understanding family and community vulnerabilities in transition to net zero

Posted on Friday 15 October 2021

The project will build a framework for understanding and responding to how the UK’s transition to net zero will affect families, and the communities in which they live.

UK’s first ever claimant-led guide to Universal Credit launches as furlough ends

Posted on Thursday 30 September 2021

A guide to help Universal Credit claimants has been launched - just as furlough ends and as thousands more people are expected to claim.

Department of Social Policy and Social Work maintains its place in the UK top 10

Posted on Friday 25 June 2021

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 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022.

Dr Nicola Moran of SPSW wins YUSU Excellence Award for Supervisor of the Year

Posted on Thursday 24 June 2021

We are delighted to announce Nicola's major achievement and recognition by students of her outstanding supervision work.

The Climate Justice and Social Policy Group

Posted on Friday 14 May 2021

The Social Policy Association Executive Committee launches The Climate Justice and Social Policy Group.

A new home for the Department

Posted on Tuesday 4 May 2021

We're excited to announce that SPSW has a new space on campus.

Virtual event to mark World Social Work Day 2021

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021

Solidarity and global connectedness shone through at an event hosted by the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership for professional social workers and students.

Launch of European Evidence Review on Women's Homelessness

Posted on Thursday 22 April 2021

Dr Joanne Bretherton, from the Centre for Housing Policy, has review on women's homelessness published.

Experience of Social Work students' placement with Eye Heroes

Posted on Wednesday 21 April 2021

MA Social Work student, Katie Robinson, writes about her experience of being on placement with Eye Heroes, a Community Interest Company that focuses on teaching children about avoidable eye loss.

Buying school uniform post-lockdown “unmanageable” for low income families

Posted on Monday 19 April 2021

School uniforms present an unmanageable cost for families on a low income with children returning to school after lockdown, a new study from the University of York says.

New research underway to support carers of people with mental health problems

Posted on Wednesday 24 March 2021

SPSW launch project to find ways to enhance the support provided to unpaid carers of people detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).

QS World Rankings by subject 2021

Posted on Friday 5 March 2021

Social Policy and Administration maintains its place in the world top 25 and UK top 10.

New scheme provides early escape route for victims of domestic violence, study shows

Posted on Thursday 28 January 2021

Survivors of domestic violence are being given a better route out of abuse through an innovative early intervention scheme, a new study shows.

Housing report voted most influential of 2020

Posted on Friday 15 January 2021

A groundbreaking report on the Private Rented Sector written by Dr Julie Rugg from the Centre of Housing Policy in collaboration with Cambridge House receives national accolade.

Department for Education publishes research evaluations

Posted on Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Child Welfare Research Group has evaluations published for the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme funded by the Department for Education.

One million COVID-19 Universal Credit claimants have deductions from benefits, study shows

Posted on Tuesday 12 January 2021

Around one million people who claimed benefits during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic are having money regularly deducted from their payments, according to analysis by the University of York.

Extra living costs pile financial pressure on low-income families during lockdown

Posted on Tuesday 12 January 2021

The pandemic has placed significant financial pressures on poorer households – with the cost of extra food, energy, and remote learning having a greater impact on low-income families, a new study shows.