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Our Research

We engage in pioneering research in partnership with communities, practitioners and organisations to develop new knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the sector. With a strong interdisciplinary focus, we collaborate across subject areas in the department, faculty and beyond.

The list below outlines some of our research within this subject area:

  • Dr Dawn Benson (Disability studies)
  • Dr Toby Brandon (Inclusion and engagement; disability hate crime, advocacy and mental health recovery).
  • Dr Colin Cameron (Disability identity, affirmation model, disability arts)
  • Dr John Cavener (Sense-making, reflexivity and practice-depth in child protection, child sexual exploitation and missing children)
  • Dr Tina Cook (Participatory/inclusive research practice, learning disability, cognitive impairment and special educational needs)
  • Dr Stephen Crossley (‘Troubled families’, child poverty, inequality; sociology of social policy)
  • Dr Philip Heslop (Foster care, fathers, grandparents / kinship care and autism)
  • Prof Kim Holt (Family law, child protection and social justice)
  • Dr Nancy Kelly (Community development and public health, drug misuse, safeguarding children and decision making in pre-proceedings practice)
  • Dr Sarah Lonbay (Engagement of service users and carers within health and social care contexts: older people, adult safeguarding, service user and carer participation, social policy, and advocacy)
  • Dr Maria Inez Martinez (Human rights, social justice, social work education, critical realism)
  • Dr Alison McInnes (The ‘toxic trio’ and its effects on young people, obesity, international social work)
  • Dr Carole Southall
  • Dr Sharon Vincent (Child protection, child death review processes and prevention, child abuse and neglect, resilience, early intervention)

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