The Social Work Study Group aims to help explicitly position Social Work knowledge as sociological and help to build better alliances to support social change. The Group are defining social work as work undertaken in the spheres in which social workers work – with adults, children, families, individuals and communities - and by social workers employed by local authorities, voluntary sector organisations or in an independent capacity. We anticipate a particular interest amongst those working in medical sociology, health and mental health.

Aims of the Group

The group aims to:

  1. Provide a space for social workers, service users and academics within sociology and social work to consider social work as a sociological activity.
  2. Support the production of knowledge arising from within social work practice and research.
  3. Support and promote better links between sociological social work research and social work practice, with a view to supporting initiatives that improve people’s lives and critiquing harmful policy and practice.