School of Education and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

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Social work at Sussex is currently ranked 5th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018. 

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.

Joanna RawlesDSW Researcher wins 'best paper' prize from Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Doctor of Sosial Work (DSW) researcher, Joanna Rawles, has won the Florence W. Vigilante award (and $500!) for Scholarly Excellence for best article published in the US-based Journal of Teaching in Social Work in 2016. Jo’s paper, ‘Developing social work professional judgements skills: Enhancing learning in practice by researching learning in practice’, was commended in particular for its outstanding scholarship and creativity

Jo is due to complete her doctoral studies by the end of the year.

Hiba Nour"I really want to use my own experience to help others": Hiba Nour talks about coming from Sudan and becoming a Social Worker

“If someone tells me how they feel they don’t need to say a lot because I will just understand without embarrassing them or asking questions.”

Hiba Nour, 37, has just finished three years studying for her social work degree, she came to the UK eight years ago after feeling unsafe in her home country of Sudan.

“I know about oppression and discrimination because in my country as a female you can be discriminated against and oppressed just for being a woman. One of the reasons I wanted to become a social worker is because I have been abused before.”

On leaving Sudan, Hiba says all she knew about social workers was from watching films where children were taken away from their parents. However after becoming homeless when she arrived in England and coming across social workers herself, Hiba became inspired by their work. She says: “I got some help when I first arrived here in England. I met with some social workers and I started to understand their work was not about snatching children, it was about advocating on behalf of families in need and referring them to services that would be helpful so they could actually stay together. Until then I had no idea social workers could make such positive changes to people’s lives.”

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Emeritus Professor Suzy BrayeFormer Head of Department and School to be awarded OBE

Professor Suzy Braye, former Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Care and temporary Head of the School of Education and Social Work, is to be awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The distinguished academic who led the Department from 2006 to 2010 is to receive the prestigious accolade for her ‘services to vulnerable people’. Professor Braye, who is retired from the University, acts as an independent researcher and consultant in adult safeguarding.

The Emerita Professor, who started at Sussex in 2005 and left in 2015, is known for her research into adult safeguarding and self-neglect, social work law, and the contribution of e-learning in the social work curriculum.

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