30 Mar 2015

Comparison of bereavement support in the UK and Israel

Plenary presentation by Anne Corden and Roni Holler at the European Social Work Research Association conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 22-24 April 2015.

17 Mar 2015

Safeguarding, safety and risk

Presentation by Yvonne Birks at the NIHR School for Social Care Research Annual Conference, London School of Economics, 24 March 2015.

12 Mar 2015

3 Mar 2015

People with impaired vision may 'miss out' on vital support to which they are entitled

A quarter of local authorities restrict access to vision rehabilitation on the basis of social care assessment, says York research

New research from the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) provides evidence that securing specialist vision rehabilitation support gives people with sight loss confidence, makes them feel safer and helps maintain independence.  However the research, commissioned by sight loss charity, Thomas Pocklington Trust, shows that some people are not receiving this essential support. In a national survey of English vision rehabilitation services, a quarter of services inappropriately required people to have a Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) assessment to determine if they were eligible, meaning that people have to develop a substantial care need before they get support. In addition, funding cuts put services under pressure, creating long waiting lists, staff reductions and fewer opportunities for staff training. Summary and report available here.

4 Feb 2015

The non-uprating of child benefits - impact on poverty gaps

Note:  This article gives the views of the author, and not the position of the Social Policy Research Unit, nor of the University of York.
Jonathan Bradshaw and Lindsay Judge write in an article for the North East Child Poverty Commission Blog:

This note attempts to illustrate the impact that uprating benefits in line with prices since 2010 would have had on the poverty gap of a low wage family in 2014/15.

3 Feb 2015

Prof Mike Stein on discussion panel in Parliament on young people's transition to independence

On 21st January Professor Mike Stein was part of a Panel for a discussion on:

'What can we do to help young people to develop good mental health and emotional well-being in the face of the emotional and psychological challenges they face in their transition to independence?’

hosted by the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.