Social Work

Social work academics in the School use a range of research methodologies to explore a variety of topics of relevance to social work and social policy. Much of this research is necessarily applied and participatory with a view to impact, social change and issues of social justice. This research activity is clustered in the following areas:

Adult and health care services: community based approaches to alcohol and drug problems, palliative care, psycho-oncology and survivorship, mental health, older people and dementia services;

Family and child care service: systemic applications to professional decision-making and service provision in the context of child welfare, protection and alternative care;

Anti oppressive policy and practice: interventions with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, including separated children and young people, the impact of political conflict on practitioners and service users;

Social work education: evaluation of practice learning, student skills acquisition and service user perspectives;

Therapeutic interventions: brief, systemic and narrative approaches to working therapeutically with adults and children;

Therapeutic jurisprudence and socio-legal studies: sexual trauma and violence, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, crime and responses to crime, mental health law, coercion and capacity.