Prof Elaine Sharland
|Post:||Professor of Social Work Research (Social Work and Social Care)|
|Location:||Essex House Eh 108|
|International:||+44 1273 873040|
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Elaine Sharland is Professor of Social Work Research and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education and Social Work. Her primary research interests are in the development of methodologies and capacity for inter- and intra- disciplinary research, the relationship between theory, evidence and research, research utilisation and knowledge exchange, and constructions of risk in professional discourses and practices.
Elaine is Co-Founder and Secretary of the European Social Work Research Association, Co-Chair of the UK JUCSWEC Research Committee and Conjoint Fellow of the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. From 2008-10 she was Strategic Adviser for Social Work and Social Care Research to the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and from 2006 – 2012 she was Director of the Sussex Registered Provider of Knowledge Reviews for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Elaine was formerly Director of the Social Work PhD and DSW programmes at Sussex, and remains an active supervisor of doctoral students on both programmes. She teaches mainly on the DSW and MSc Social Research Methods courses, with occasional contributions to others.
Children, young people and families using social work services in four UK cohort studies: Patterns, outcomes and change: Funded by the Nuffield Foundation (October 2013 – March 2015), this is a collaborative project with the Universities of Cardiff and Lancaster. It draws on four national cohort studies, spanning two decades, to study the patterns, outcomes and changes over time of children’s, young people’s and families’ contact with social work services. In particular, it looks at what distinguishes the characteristics and outcomes of those who do from those who do not use social work services despite similar difficulties, and at how the use of social work and related services changes as children grow older and as policies shift.
Beyond the risk paradigm in mental health policy and practice: This co-edited book project, in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Tasmania, Connecticut and Kent, is one of a three volume series exploring the dominance and impact of ‘the risk paradigm’ in the mental health, child protection and criminal justice practice contexts respectively. All three volumes critically engage with how ‘risk thinking’ has come to dominate discourses and practices in the human services sector, highlighting the theoretical, policy, ethical and practice controversies that arise for practitioners in their work with ‘risky’ and ‘at risk’ populations and individuals. Each book explores ways of moving beyond the limitations of the risk paradigm within their field.
Current professional activities:
- Secretary of the European Social Work Research Association
- Co-Chair of Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee Research Sub-commitee
- Board member of European Conference on Social Work Research
- Member of ESRC Peer Review College
- Member of NIHR School for Social Care Research Advisory Board
- Conjoint Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia
Post: Professor of Social Work Research
Roles: Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of Education and Social Work
Location: Essex House room 108
UK: (01273) 873040
International: +44 1273 873040
Recent and ongoing research
- Developing quality, capacity and interdisciplinary engagement in social work and social care researc
- Developing research and review methodlogies for social work research
- Social work and risk
- I supervise candidates undertaking doctoral research on the the PhD and DSW programmes
- Current and recent topics include: children's rights and interprofessional practice; governmentality and social work policy and practice; access to children's social work services; restorative justice; utlisation of research in policy and practice; siblings in spirit possession and witchcraft allegations; childrearing and protection among first generation African immigrant parents
- I have taught on all programmes offered by the Department of Social Work at undergraduate, masters, post-qualifying and in particular post-graduate research levels. I also teach on the cross-School MSc in Social Research Methods.
- Primary teaching areas are: research methods; evidence based policy and practice; young people and risk; policy and practice for children and young people's well-being.
Sharland, Elaine (2013) Where are we now? Strengths and limitations of UK social work and social care research. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 16 (2). pp. 7-19. ISSN 0953-5225
Sharland, Elaine (2012) Systematic Review. In: The Sage Handbook of Social Work. Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 482-498. ISBN 9781849207515
Sharland, Elaine (2012) The role of theory in social work research. In: Understanding research for social policy and social work (second edition): themes, methods and approaches. Understanding welfare : social issues, policy and practice . Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 112-116. ISBN 9781847428165
Sharland, Elaine (2012) All together now? Building disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research capacity in social work and social care. British Journal of Social Work, 42 (2). pp. 208-226. ISSN 0045-3102
Barr, Hugh and Sharland, Elaine (2011) Interprofessional education in qualifying social work. In: Social Work Education and Training (Research Highlights in Social Work). Research Highlights in Social Work . Jessica Kingsley, pp. 199-213. ISBN 978-1-84905-076-0
Warner, Joanne and Sharland, Elaine (2010) Editorial: Risk and Social Work: Critical Perspectives. British Journal of Social Work, 40 (4). pp. 1035-1045. ISSN 0045-3102
Sharland, Elaine (2009) Strategic Adviser for Social Work and Social Care Research Main Report to the Economic and Social Research Council Training and Development Board. Project Report. Economic and Social Research Council.
Sharland, Elaine (2009) Strategic Adviser for Social Work and Social Care Research: Summary Report to the Economic and Social Research Council Training and Development Board. Project Report. Economic and Social Research Council.
Sharland, Elaine and Holmstrom, Cath (2009) Symposium: The ESRC Strategic Advisor Initiative for social work and social care research: moving forward the agenda. In: Changing Identities: 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 3rd UK Social Work Research Conference, 8-10 July 2009, University of Hertfordshire .
Taylor, Imogen, Sharland, Elaine and Whiting, Russell (2008) Building capacity for the children's workforce: findings from the knowledge review of the higher education response. Learning in Health and Social Care, 7 (4). pp. 184-197. ISSN 1473-6853
Taylor, Imogen, Whiting, Russell Lewis and Sharland, Elaine (2008) Integrated Children's Services in Higher Education (ICS-HE)- Preparing Tomorrow's Professionals, Knowledge Review. Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP), Southampton. ISBN 9780854328888
Orme , Joan, MacIntyre, Gillian, Paul, Sally, Fook, Jan, Powell, Jackie and Sharland, Elaine (2008) An audit of research teaching in the social work degree. In: An Audit of Baseline Resources for Social Work Research: Finances, Staff, Teaching. Economic and Social Research Council, Swindon, pp. 117-196.
Sharland, Elaine and Taylor, Imogen (2006) Social care research: a suitable case for systematic review? Evidence and Policy, 2 (4). pp. 503-523. ISSN 1744-2648
Sharland, Elaine (2006) Young people, risk taking and risk making: some thoughts for social work. British Journal of Social Work, 36 (2). pp. 247-265. ISSN 0045-3102
Sharland, Elaine, Seal, Hilary, Croucher, Margaret, Aldgate, Jane and Jones, David (1996) Professional Interventions in Child Sexual Abuse. HMSO. ISBN 9780113219278
Monck, Elizabeth, Bentovim, Arnon, Goodall, Gillian, Lwin, Rebekah and Sharland, Elaine (1996) Child sexual abuse: a descriptive and treatment study. Studies in child protection . HMSO, London. ISBN 0-11-321927-X
Smith, Teresa, Noble, Michael, Barlow, Jane, Sharland, Elaine and Smith, Georges (1995) Education divides: poverty and schooling in the 1990s. Poverty publication, 90 . Child Poverty Action Group, Oxford. ISBN 9780946744763