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School of Social Work & Social PolicyNews & events



    • Comic aims to help young people deal with grief

      A comic aimed at helping young people deal with grief and bereavement has been produced in a Scottish Universities Insight Institute funded project involving BRIG members Susan, Sally and Nina and colleagues at the University of Dundee.

    • UKPRP SIPHER Consortium

      Kat Smith has recently begun working on the newly funded UKPRP SIPHER Consortium (, which is using complex systems modelling to try to achieve a shift from health policy to healthy public policy.

    • Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?

      On Friday 25 January 2019, the Children, Young People and Families Research Cluster in School of Social Work & Social Policy along with Stand up for Siblings will be hosting a seminar delivered by Daniel Monk, Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London

    • CYCJ Residential Childcare project

      A Centre for Youth & Criminal (CYCJ) and the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) project on improving the experiences of young people in residential care has received a Special Commendation for Policy Development at the 2018 Howard League Community Awards.

    • PhD success in the School!

      Mhairi Gavin, who was supervised by Professor Laura Piacentini and Dr Claire McDiarmid (Strathclyde Law School), successfully defended her PhD Thesis on 17th October with no corrections.

    • Nordic Welfare Research Conference

      Chris Deeming and Johannes Kananen, University of Helsinki, have had a Panel accepted for the forthcoming Nordic Welfare Research Conference “Towards Resilient Nordic Welfare States: Challenges, Responses and Consequences” 14-15 March 2019, University of Helsinki, Finland.

    • Strathclyde joins new Commonwealth Sports Universities Network

      Ahead of the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, a new international initiative has been announced between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the University of Strathclyde, Griffith University and three other partner universities from Canada and South Africa.

    • Future of the City Centre

      Robert Rogerson with colleagues at universities of Northumbria (UK), Newcastle (Australia), Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil) and Pretoria (South Africa) have been awarded a research grant from AHRC to generate an international network exploring future scenarios for city centres.

    • Stand Up For Siblings

      A multi-agency partnership ‘Stand Up For Siblings’ is being launched in Glasgow today, Friday 9 March 2018.

    • Talking Hope

      Emma Miller has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund

    • Pupils supported by their parents heading back to school

      An innovative education project, supported by CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) is helping Renfrewshire pupils to reach their full potential by inviting their parents to get back into school. Parents of pupils in three secondary schools – Gryffe, Castlehead and Trinity High – were invited to take part in a pilot of the Parents in Partnership programme between August and October 2016 as part of a series of projects supporting Renfrewshire Council's ambition to close the poverty related attainment gap.

    • Sharing the voices of secure care

      The voices of young people who contributed to a seminal report on secure care in Scotland have been shared in a new publication from the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ).

    • Policy Exchange

      In September 2017, Neil Quinn and Lee Knifton from the School of Social Work and Social Policy and Centre for Health Policy led a policy exchange for a group of leaders in mental health policy from Scotland to visit New York to exchange ideas on mental health policy and practice.

    • New Female Social Work and Social Policy Academics Network

      Today in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, the women academics stepped away from their computers and books and headed off campus for a spot of lunch and a supportive discussion about how we can help, support and mentor each other as women academics.

    • Massive open online course

      The University of Strathclyde has launched a new online learning course aimed at tackling the global issue of violence against women.

    • Funding award

      Andrew Eccles and Professor Ian Cunningham, Strathclyde Business School, have been awarded further funding by the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland for research on the implementation of Self Directed Support in Scotland.

    • CJPE summer course

      Dr Beth Weaver gave a key note speech at the first European Summer Course, held in Barcelona, on 4-7 July 2017

    • Knowledge Exchange Events

      Andrew Eccles and Professor Stephen Osborne of Edinburgh University, have been awarded Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) funding

    • Continuing the Young Person’s Journey

      An online resource based on research into young people’s understanding of court processes, undertaken by the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and Iriss, will help children and young people who have been charged by the police.

    • Inspiring a brighter future for children

      Young adults from a number of European countries joined Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, to mark the official launch of the new Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures at the University of Strathclyde on June 28.

    • History of comparative social policy research and analysis

      Dr Christopher Deeming and Dr Emanuele Farragina from Sciences Po, Paris, are to present a paper on the history of comparative social policy research and analysis at the 2017 European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) Conference, September 14 to 16, University of Lisbon.

    • Masters in Social Work

      We have a small number of places available on this course for entry this September (2017). The places are supported by a bursary from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). If you are interested in applying, please complete an application via UCAS as soon as possible.

    • Teaching Excellence Awards

      Nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards 2017 have recently been announced and we are delighted that the four permanent members of the teaching team for the BA Education and Social Services have all been nominated by students for their exemplary teaching.

    • New PhD in Criminology

      The School of Social Work and Social Policy, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is delighted to announce a new accredited PhD in Criminology.

    • New Research into Supporting Sibling Relationships

      Dr Chris Jones from the School of Social work and Social Policy and Dr Gillian Henderson of Scottish Childrens Reporter Administration have recently produced a briefing paper outlining findings of the first stage of their research looking at sibling relationships of children in permanent foster care and adoptive families.

    • Welcome to Professor Ian Greener and Laura Piacentini

      The School of Social Work & Social Policy has appointed two new members of staff

    • The Women's Centre Programme

      Beth Weaver and Claire Lightowler have published the first in a series of thematic summaries from the Women's Centre Programme, funded by The Robertson Trust.

    • 'Coproducing Desistance'

      On the 5th December, Beth Weaver will present her findings from her ESRC funded international study, 'Coproducing Desistance' at the Holyrood Briefing on Reducing Re-offending Through Learning, Training and Employability Skills.

    • Free Workshops

      Professor David Garland is widely considered one of the world’s leading sociologists of crime and punishment and is currently Professorial Fellow in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh. SCCJR. He is running a variety of free workshops between 15th to the 26th January 2018 .....

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Upcoming launch of ‘The Inner Level’

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research 2018 Annual Lecture

    • Visiting Professor

      Dr Chris Deeming is currently visiting Professor in Comparative Social Policy at the Sciences Po, Paris, Sept/Oct period 2018.

    • PhD success

      I am very pleased to announce that Sue Rawcliffe has now successfully completed her PhD in Social Work

    • CYCJ paper calls for change

      Fifty years since the Social Work (Scotland) 1968 Act changed children’s welfare, Scotland’s Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has produced a paper calling for further radical change that is firmly based in children’s rights.

    • Adoption of a trauma-informed approach for young people in custody

      An article exploring the adoption of a trauma-informed approach for young people in custody, written by Nina Vaswani (Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice) and Sally Paul (the School of Social Work and Social Policy), has been published in the prestigious Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.

    • Strengthening links between Scotland and Shanghai

      Partnership working links between Shanghai and Scotland have been strengthened following a visit to China’s ‘birthplace of juvenile justice’ by representatives from the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and the University of Strathclyde.

    • CYCJ adapts 'Rights Respecting' work for a younger audience

      We’re excited to announce that we’ve adapted our 2020 report calling for ‘rights respecting’ reform to Scotland’s youth justice system into a version for younger readers, giving them an understanding of the issues and challenges around Scotland’s youth justice system.