School of Social Policy

Welcome to the School of Social Policy, where our mission is ‘to understand the world – but also to change it’. This means carrying out high quality and relevant research, but then using this as a starting point for making a practical difference in the real world through our teaching, our professional training, our policy advice and our work with local communities, the public and the media. 



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Posted 24 May 2018

Is anthropology legal?*

Have you been inundated with emails asking you to resubscribe to contact lists lately? That's the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The codes used to guide us are designed for data protection, marketing and social media – not anthropology. Dr Rachel Humphris writes om how the GDPR will force us to rethink how we go about our research.

Posted 22 May 2018

A remarkable life: The longevity of the National Assistance Act

BAllan Norman, Associate Lecturer in Social Work Law, writes for the Social Sciences Birmingham blog: The National Assistance Act 1948 dramatically brought about the end of an era, sweeping away the last vestiges of a Victorian scheme that had held on for more than a century prior.

Posted 22 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week: address your stress

Maureen Smojkis, Lecturer in Mental Health, Department of Social Work and Social Care writes for the Social Sciences Birmingham blog: Mental health is a topic that has become more visible over the past decade, in part due to the increasing open discussions by those in the public eye and social movements, such as Time to Change.

Posted 22 May 2018

The National Assistance Act 70 years on – Lessons for the social care green paper

Catherine Needham, Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Health Services Management Centre writes for the Social Sciences Birmingham blog: As the weight of expectations builds on the forthcoming social care green paper, it is timely that this week is the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act 1948 which created social services in their current form.

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