School of Education and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Welcome to the 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.

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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Teaching Fellow wins prestigious national counselling research award

Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, Tracey Fuller, is the winner of a new and prestigious national counselling research award created to aid the dissemination of research with important implications for counselling training or counselling practice. Through highlighting significant research, documenting it on video, and disseminating it online, the award aims to make research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners. 

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Featured publication

Meleyal, Lel (2017): 'Nudging social workers towards interpretive vigilance: approaches supporting management of conduct in the workplace'. European Journal of Social Work.