UCLan’s School of Social Work is responsible for world-leading research, which is highly regarded nationally and internationally. The School’s research has been influential in the reform of child care in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and we are part of an international research group on independent children’s rights institutions. In 2011 the Psychosocial Research Unit won a prize from The Royal Society for Public Health for research on the outreach work of six regional museums. Equally, Professor Nicky Stanley has been appointed to the Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel, in Social Work and Social Policy.
The School has established ‘The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation’ led by Professor Nigel Thomas and become a member of the ‘Making Research Count’ network.