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 11th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017). It was ranked 1st in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2014 and 2015, and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. It was ranked 2nd in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2014.

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.

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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Step Up to Social Work and Be the Difference!

Social work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children and families. You will need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener.  You’ll also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children.  Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. But social work can be life changing for those you support and help. 

Through our successful Step Up to Social Work training programme you’ll get intensive, hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role. On completion, you will obtain a Diploma in Social Work, allowing you to register and practice as a social worker. We can train you in 14 months, with all your course fees paid, and you’ll also receive a bursary for the duration of the course.  

We’re looking for strong graduates who have experience of working with children, young people and families and who can demonstrate their maturity and emotional resilience.

Do you have what it takes?

You are eligible if you have:

  • A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification
  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above)


  • Grade C or above GSCE in English/ English Language and Maths (or recognised equivalent)
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families

More information:

Online application is open and available until 5 May 2017.

Featured publication

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