In 2015 the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy 2015-2020 was launched.
This work is being led by the Health and Social Care Board’s Director of Social Care and Children and reflects the commitment shown by the social work leadership in Northern Ireland at Departmental, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Trust level who requested and supported its development.
The strategy supports the promotion of a culture of evidence informed practice, quality, service and user outcomes and the delivery of research, evaluation and audit across services.
Since 2013 there have been a number of documents developed to support the final production of the strategy.
The purpose of this webpage is to make all relevant documents and papers readily available in one location for ease of access, and to keep you informed about new developments.
|Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement Strategy||In pursuit of excellence in evidence informed practice in Northern Ireland.|
Supporting the profession and improving outcomes.
|7th October 2015|
|Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement Strategy Summary||Summary Document.||7th October 2015|
If you need a paper copy or if you want to discuss any aspect of the strategy email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Equality and Human Rights screening document is available to view or download from the Business Services Organisation (BSO) website.
A scoping exercise was conducted in 2017 to establish what research and evidence activity was taking place the feedback and summary reports are available to view or download here:
|Feedback From Scoping Exercise 21.12.2017||5th January 2018|
|Social Work Research Continuous Improvement 21||5th January 2018|
During 2018-2019 a consultation inclusive of relevant stakeholders was undertaken to discuss the Protocol and associated Application Form for securing initial agreement and support for the conduct of social work and social care research activity in two or more Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. The outcome was a more streamlined approach for gaining initial support for the conduct of social work research related activity from Executive Directors of Social Work.
Initial requests are to be submitted through this process. To avoid any delays in the process before you make any application to your local Governance Offices in Trusts or to the Research and Development Division (PHA) for support you need to have completed this application. Download the protocol and application form below:
|Application to secure initial support for the conduct of Social Work Research 2019||19th April 2016|
|Feedback From Consultation Exercise||26th July 2019|
|Protocol for initial support for Social Work and Social Care 2019||19th April 2016|
|Effectiveness of short breaks on families where there are children with disabilities - A Systematic Review of the Evidence||Prepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice. The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon||25th June 2018|
|Summary review of effectiveness of short breaks on familiies where there are chldren with disabilities A Systematic Review Of The Evidence||Prepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice.The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon||25th June 2018|
Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2020 – 11 March 2020
Download the leaflet and Call for Abstracts.
|Call For Abstracts Research Conference 11th March 2020||30th August 2019|
|Flyer Research Conference 11th March 2020||30th August 2019|
|6th Annual Social Work And Social Research Conference Summary||Sixth Annual Social Work and Social Research Conference|
Wednesday 6th March 2019
“Building research to evaluate complex interventions in social work and social care – a consideration of methodological issues”
Summary of the day’s event.
|22nd March 2019|
|Conference Programme 2019 Pdf||22nd March 2019|
|Presentation Room 01 - Programme Outline AM||Dr John Canavan, Dr Carmel Devaney and Professor Caroline McGregor|
National University Galway
Building Prevention, Early Intervention and Family Support in Child Protection and Welfare Systems: The Evaluation Story.
|14th March 2019|
|Presentation Room 01 - Programme Outline PM||Paul Webb and Peer Group - Perspectives on Co-Production / Supported Decision Making / Experiences, Approaches and Preferences||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 01 Chichester - AM||Room 1 – Chichester – AM - Chaired by Brian Taylor, Ulster University.||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 01 Chichester - PM||Room 1 - Chichester (PM) - Chaired by Paul McConville, Department of Health.||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 02 Deerpark - AM||Room 2 - Deerpark (AM) Chaired by Pauline Leeson, Children in Northern Ireland||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 02 Deerpark - PM||Room 2 - Deerpark - (PM) Chaired by Caroline McGonigle Northern Health and Social Care Trust||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 03 Ashley - AM||Room 3 - Ashley (AM) Chaired by Peter Reynolds, Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 03 Ashley - PM||Room 3 – Ashley (PM) Chaired by Janice Bailie, R & D Division, Public Health Agency.||22nd March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 04 Fisherwick - AM||Room 4 – Fisherwick (AM) Chaired by Michaela Glover, Health and Social Care Board.||14th March 2019|
|Presentations For Room 04 Fisherwick - PM||Room 4 – Fisherwick (PM) Chaired by Maxine Gibson, Health and Social Care Board.||14th March 2019|
Working in collaboration with the HSC Research and Development Division, we have hosted six major conference events that brought together a range of stakeholders.
|2018 Research Conference Outcomes Report||13th April 2018|
|Intervening to strengthen families and communities to keep people safe - Fourth Annual Social Work and Social Care Conference March 2017||29th March 2017|
|Bridging The Gap Conference Outcomes Report February 2016||23rd May 2016|
|Research in Social Work and Socail Care A Way Forward? Sharing Outcomes From Research Conference 6 February 2014||24th August 2015|
|Social Work Research Conference Outcomes Report 2015||30th March 2015|
|Issue 9 May 2019||9th May 2019|
|Issue 8 - August 2018||30th July 2018|
|Issue 7 June 2018||21st June 2018|
|Issue 6 January 2018||12th January 2018|
|Issue 5 June 2017||7th July 2017|
|Issue 4 December 2015||18th December 2015|
|Issue 3 August 2015||24th August 2015|
|Issue 2 December 2014||24th August 2015|
|Issue 1 July 2014||24th August 2015|
|Social Work Reseach And Continuous Improvement Strategy Communication Plan||2nd December 2015|
|Social Work Research Strategy Workshop Feedback 3 June 2015||24th August 2015|
|Social Work Research Guidance Leaflet||1st May 2015|
|Regional Workload Management Framework||23rd January 2015|
If you wish to speak to someone in relation to the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy please contact –
Tel: 028 9536 3017