Where are we now? Strengths and limitations of UK social work and social care research

Sharland, Elaine (2013) Where are we now? Strengths and limitations of UK social work and social care research. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 16 (2). pp. 7-19. ISSN 0953-5225

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Abstract

In 2008, the UK Economic and Social Research Council called for ‘fundamental step change’ in breadth, depth and quality of UK social work and social care research. This paper reports some of the findings from the ESRC Strategic Adviser for Social Work and Social Care initiative, focusing on the appraisal of the existing strengths and deficits of the research field. Discussion begins with highlighting some of the challenges of identifying and characterising both social work and social care research, explaining how these were addressed. It then outlines thematically the core substantive and methodological strengths and limitations of the field identified by key informants from social work and cognate disciplines, drawing attention to disciplinary and interdisciplinary distinctiveness and synergies. Discussion concludes with pointers to the way forward for research growth and excellence, with the argument that a commitment to developing social work and social care research is all the more crucial in times of economic austerity and challenges to social welfare and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social work research, social care research, research quality research capacity
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
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Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 13:52
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43283

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