Our research

Children skipping in the playground‘Children’ and ‘families’ are the central focus of much of the research at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.  Across a range of policy and practice areas, we seek to conduct and to disseminate research to inform effective interventions and policies for vulnerable children and young people, and their families.


Research highlights


Applying neuroscience to social policy and the law (2013-2016)
Nathan Hughes


Making the case in safeguarding: Enhancing safe practice at the interface between hospital services and children's social care (2012-2013)
Sue White

Knowledge and evidence review relating to the prevalence and incidence of neuro-developmental disorders in children and young people (2012)
Nathan Hughes

Development of a Practice Guide addressing the concept of maturity and its application to young adult offenders (2012-2013)
Kathryn Farrow


Understanding and supporting families with complex needs (2010-2014)
Nathan Hughes

Other research projects

More research projects throughout the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy


Birmingham Brief