School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research

Welcome to the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR)

Located within the School of Education and Social Work, CSWIR has been established to advance the international profile and impact of research and innovative interdisciplinary approaches in social work. Our aim is to bring together social work scholars, professionals, and students, and provide a distinctive ground for research and innovation focusing on the changing nature of social relations of social work and other social action interventions.

As an innovation and research centre, CSWIR aims to:

  • promote social justice and rights
  • support protection and development of vulnerable populations under new global conditions of austerity and inequality
  • strengthen the re-articulation of social work as a distinctive mode of collaborative and participatory relationship-based social action.

In CSWIR, we benefit from cross-disciplinary internal, national, and international collaborations and links, and aim to extend and advance our partnerships with scholarly, professional, and governmental bodies.


Putting Kitbag To Work - an impact update

Check out the latest details about the 'Kitbag' campaign - part of the ESRC-funded 'Talking and Listening to Children' project - in our Research section.


New report offers a child-centred approach to recording the experiences of looked-after children

A new and innovative model designed by CSWIR member, Rebecca Watts, entitled Me and My World, records the experiences of looked-after children through a child-centred approach. The model supports social workers and Independent Reviewing Officers to write their reports directly to the child, and foster carers to write a letter to the child in their care every six months 

See more details and download a copy of the report on our Research and knowledge exchange page.


CSWIR Annual Report 2019/20 coverDownload the CSWIR Annual Report 2019/20.












The Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR) supports research that builds the social work discipline at the University of Sussex

Sensuous supervisors: Understanding ourselves and others in the context of Black Lives Matter… via @researchIP

RT @SussexCIRCY: Don't forget to come along for our exciting event this Wednesday! 30th October, 12-2 in Arts B 217 @SussexUni. Rat……

RT @MichelleLefevr1: Wonderful day meeting with our fabulous new research team! Watch this space for news of our forthcoming project exp……

Join us on 23rd October, 12.30-2, for an open research seminar presented by Dr @MilenaHeinsch, University of Newcas……

RT @SussexCIRCY: Calling all childhood and youth PGRs @SussexCTLR @SussexCIE : ‘Making a noise: how are children heard and not heard……

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