25 Jul 2014

New Claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - a process evaluation

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people nationally from June 2013. We undertook research into each stage of the PIP claiming process for the Department for Work and Pensions, including requests for reconsideration and the special processes for people with terminal health conditions.

24 Jul 2014

New report on the household finances of Carer's Allowance recipients

Carer's Allowance (CA) is an income replacement benefit paid to people who have foregone the opportunity to engage in full-time work because they provide support for a severely disabled person. It is to be reviewed in the context of how Universal Credit operates. Before this process it was important to understand how CA is currently used by recipients, and what it means to them. We interviewed 44 recipients of CA in order to answer these questions:

23 Jul 2014

Keeping Children Safe: Allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care

For most looked after children and young people, foster and residential care provides a safe environment. This study has focused on the minority of children who do not always receive safe care and who, in some instances, experience abuse or neglect at the hands of those responsible for ensuring their wellbeing.

Despite long-standing concerns about historic abuse in children's homes and about the implications of allegations for foster carers and their families, very little is known about the extent of these allegations.

10 Jun 2014

School for Social Care Research gets further funding from NIHR, SPRU remains at the heart of its research programme

The National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research, of which SPRU is a founding member, has received a further £15 million and a five year extension for its work. The funding from May 2014 until April 2019 will continue the School's research and related activities to improve the evidence base for adult social care practice in England.
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"I am delighted that alongside my SPRU colleagues Professor Bryony Beresford, and Professor Gillian Parker and Dr Martin Webber from Social Policy Social Work, we will be able to continue to build on the previous work of the SSCR in York and with colleagues nationally. SPRU is well known for its outstanding contribution to applied health and social care research and Martin's work brings a new dimension to our new contribution in the area of mental health alongside work looking at workforce issues, safety and risk, carers, personal budgets and integration of care. We look forward to being able to continue to inform and support practice social care through the SSCR." 
Professor Yvonne Birks, Programme Leader