School of Education and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Welcome to the Department of Social Work and Social Care

Social work at Sussex is currently ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020.

Social work is a rapidly changing profession and here at Sussex we are at the forefront of innovation and development. We offer attractive opportunities in a department noted for its strength in professional education and its contribution to professional knowledge and practice.

We are among the leading institutions in the UK for the quality of our research. The Department currently hosts three research centres: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW), the Centre for Innovation and Research in Social Work (CSWIR), and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY). We also have a proud tradition of providing rewarding opportunities for study, whether at initial qualifying, post-qualifying or doctoral levels.

We constantly build on our strong track record of interdisciplinarity to develop new approaches to inter-professional learning and research which recognise both the distinctiveness and the interconnected nature of social work as a discipline and a profession.

Winter Graduation 2020: Lucinda's story

Read Lucinda Strong's inspirational first-hand account of finally getting into Sussex, her preferred university, and studying for a Social Work MA whilst also being mother to a one year old and dealing with a lifelong illness.

Sing for your Wellbeing!

Following the incredibly successful 'Singing For Wellbeing' event hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Research in Wellbeing on 16 October 2019, the following video has been made to encourage the use of singing to improve mental health.


Thanks to professional film-maker, Caleb Yule, from Stories of Note.

Social Work faculty scoop prestigious award for paper in British Journal of Social Work

Huge congrats to Michelle Lefevre, Kristi Hickle, Barry Luckock and Gillian Ruch have won the British Journal of Social Work's prestigious Kay McDougall prize 2018 for their paper 'Building trust with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation: The professional challenge', British Journal of Social Work, Volume 47, Issue 8, 1 December 2017, Pages 2456 -2473

The award is based on:

  • Breadth of scholarship
  • Sophistication of theory
  • Rigour of research
  • Relevance to practice
  •  International appeal

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