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Social Work Research

Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy

In March 2015 we launched the first five year Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy. A review of the strategy was undertaken in 2019. The consultation process undertaken indicated that having a strategy in place, symbolises an overarching commitment to the development of research and evidence, research capacity and collaborative working.

“We shouldn’t underestimate the symbolic nature of the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy for providing an impressive commitment to social work research and an important message about its value”.

In March 2021 we launched the this Social Work and Social Care Research Evidence Supporting Continuous Improvement in our Service Outcomes reflecting a collaborative approach setting out our vision for the next five years – 2020-2025.

This strategy is primarily focused on social work as a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Throughout there is an acknowledgement that social work operates within the wider social care context and that there will inevitably be a level of interconnection between both.

If you need a paper copy or if you want to discuss any aspect of the strategy email swresearchsistrategy@hscni.net 

The Equality and Human Rights screening document is available to view or download from the Business Services Organisation (BSO) website.


Building a Research Community

Our aim is to build a research community that will foster mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.

Building a Research Community Formally was launched in August 2020.

Join the conversation #BuildingAResearchCommunity

If you need a copy of any previous documentation or if want to discuss any aspect of the Building a Research Community please email: swresearchsistrategy@hscni.net 


 

Gaining Initial Support for Social Work Research, Evaluation and Audit Activity

During 2018-2019 a consultation inclusive of relevant stakeholders was undertaken to discuss the Protocol and associated Application Form for securing initial agreement and support for the conduct of social work and social care research activity in two or more Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. The outcome was a more streamlined approach for gaining initial support for the conduct of social work research related activity from Executive Directors of Social Work.

Initial requests are to be submitted through this process. To avoid any delays in the process before you make any application to your local Governance Offices in Trusts or to the Research and Development Division (PHA) for support you need to have completed this application. Download the protocol and application form below:


Evidence Reviews

Research and Evidence Reviews and Projects emerging from two post-qualifying modules for social workers and postgraduate modules for service users, carers and others involved in social care research.

This Programme provides modules designed to develop knowledge and skills relevant to social work research- related activity and culture in Northern Ireland. It supports the Social Work Research and Social Care Research Evidence Supporting Continuous Improvement in Service Outcomes Strategy 2020-2025,

March 2021

March 2022


Past Conference Resources

March 2022 Video – 9th Annual Research Conference on Vimeo

March 2021 Videos – SWSC Research Conf on Vimeo


Newsletters

Issue 18 – December 2021 (PageTiger)

Issue 17 – September 2021 (PageTiger)

Issue 16 – June 2021 (PageTiger)

 


Key Contact

If you need a copy of any previous documentation or if want to discuss any aspect of the Building a Research Community or if you wish to speak to someone in relation to the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy please contact –

Anne McGlade
Tel: 028 9536 3017 or 07825334569
Email: anne.mcglade@hscni.net


Useful Links

Health and Social Care Research and Development

Department of Health – Social Work Strategy