We are an independent network of individuals who provide a range of research information, planning and evaluation in social care and health services. SSRG members are drawn from a wide range of professional groups and organisations sharing a common interest in the work of the caring services.

Forthcoming SSRG events

Research in Social Work Education and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities - LSE 10 September

This event will look at some of the barriers to teaching research and informing practice; discuss recommendations for improvement; examine the opportunities that exist to develop evidence informed practice that are emerging from the drive toward integrated services.

We regret that this event has been cancelled.

Recent SSRG events

Integration and Funding – Joint SSRG SSCR event at London School of Economics: 18 June 2014

Featuring Lord Warner discussing a routemap to integrating and funding social care, with responses from practice and researchFlyer

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The Challenges and Risks of Personalisation Evidence and Experience of ‘what works’ SSRG Scotland CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh 14 May 2014

A chance to hear how local areas are tackling the challenges of implementing SDS All PowerPoints now available Final Programme  and Speakers

SSRG Annual Workshop 2014 at London School of Economics Knowing or Believing? The impact of evidence and ideology on social care and health policy, practice and performance 

Thursday 27th March 2014.  New Academic Building, London School of Economics – All PowerPoints now available Programme 

Joint SSRG and SSCR event  “Carers: Informing and Improving Policy and Practice through research and evaluation” 

Thursday 30th January 2014, London School of Economics (Aldwych)

Helena Herklots, Chief Executive of Carer’s UK chaired the event More details, PPTs and Videos here  

SSRG Scotland event Preventive Services across Social Care and Health: Policy, Practice, People and Possibilities*

Monday 28th October CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh PowerPoint presentations now available (Click here)


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Research, Policy and Planning

Latest edition of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 30(3), is now available.  Not a member?  Click here to join.

International Long-term Care Policy Network’s 3rd International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) is delighted to be able to offer complimentary places to professionals, people who use services, carers, and students to plenary talks taking place as part of the International Long-term Care Policy Network’s 3rd International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care to be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, from 31 August to 3 September 2014*.

To request a place please sign up using the links below by 4pm on 20 August 2014:


Plenary 1 Monday 1 September09:00-0945 Making strides in dementia treatment, care, support and awareness Professor Martin Knapp, London School of Economics and Political Science http://ilpn2014-p1.eventbrite.co.uk
Plenary 2 Monday 1 September14:15-15:00 Long-term care between the local and the global Professor Ulrike Schneider, Vienna University of Economics and Business http://ilpn2014-p2.eventbrite.co.uk
Plenary 3 Tuesday 2 September09:00-09:45 Economics of informal care – Do we know enough to advocate for policy change? Dr Courtney Van Houtven, Duke University School of Medicine http://ilpn2014-p3.eventbrite.co.uk
Plenary 4 Tuesday 2 September14:15-15:00 Funding long-term care in the future: challenges and policy strategies Professor Heinz Rothgang, University of Bremen http://ilpn2014-p4.eventbrite.co.uk


SSCR also has a small number of complimentary places available for the full conference. Contact us (sscr@lse.ac.uk) for further information. Further information about the conference can be found at http://www.ilpnetwork.net/index.php/int-conference-2014.


The History of CCETSW

  • Time: Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Room G.79, Franklin-Wilkins Building, King’s College London (Waterloo Campus), Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH
  • Cost: Free. Donations are welcomed on the day towards costs
  • CPD: certificates available
  • Contact: Please reserve a place by email – stephen.martineau@kcl.ac.uk
  • Event website: www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/kpi/scwru/swhn/Next-meeting.aspx

About the event

King’s College London and the Social Work History Network. The Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) was, from 1970 to 2001, the statutory authority charged with promoting education and training in social work, recognising courses and awarding qualifications throughout the United Kingdom. This afternoon brings together people involved in the organisation at different phases of its existence to reflect on CCETSW and its legacy. There will be opportunity for discussion between the talks and over tea.


  • Prof Jill Manthorpe (Chair)
  • Prof Hugh Barr: In the beginning
  • David Lane: At the heart of change
  • Dr Mary Baginsky: Thirty years on – three reports with enduring messages
  • Jenny Weinstein: ‘Institutional Racism’, CCETSW and the ‘Political Correctness’ backlash
  • Prof Simon Biggs: Age and social work in a time of uncertainty

SSRG Annual Report 2013

Now available on the SSRG members pages

Research, Policy and Planning

December’s edition of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 30(2), is now available.  Not a member?  Click here to join.

Call for influential Local Authority Research: NIHR School for Social Care Research (www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk/)

The SSCR is looking for examples of reseach undertaken or commissioned by local authorities that have led to service change. If you have any examples, please contact Anji Mehta, A.Mehta3@lse.ac.uk at the School.

My House or My Home? The challenges of ageing and housing (FREE for SSRG members)

A conference on housing and support for older Londoners: Thursday 6 February 2014

A joint event (CPD certified) from Making Research Count, Age UK London and Social Care Workforce Research Unit

Venue: Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael House, King’s College London Guy’s Campus, SE1 9RT, near London Bridge Station

Programme and Booking form available here  (Mention SSRG membership to claim free place)

Health and social care needs of people who have been trafficked – new research project

A group of researchers at King’s College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Central Lancashire are carrying out research into the health and social care needs of people who have been trafficked (for more information see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/depts/hspr/research/ciemh/wmh/projects/protect.aspx)

The overarching aim of this research programme is to provide evidence to inform the NHS response to human trafficking, specifically in the identification and referral of trafficked people, and safe and appropriate care to meet their health needs.

The objectives of the research are:

  1. To synthesise evidence on the number of trafficked adults and children identified and using NHS services in England, the healthcare needs of trafficked people, and their experiences and use of healthcare;
  2. To document NHS experience, knowledge and gaps about trafficked people’s health care needs;
  3. To provide recommendations, materials and dissemination strategies to support NHS staff to identify, refer and care for trafficked people

If anyone has any data routinely collected on numbers and/or needs of trafficked people (eg from No Recourse to Public Funds teams or vulnerable adults and children data) please contact the research team (louise.howard@kcl.ac.uk; sian.oram@kcl.ac.uk). Some qualitative interviews will be carried out on professionals experiences of identifying and helping trafficked people so if anyone would like to participate in the qualitative study please do contact us

Research, Policy and Planning

The latest edition of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 30(1), is now available.  Not a member? Click here to join.  (September 2013)

Research Governance for Children’s Services Research

Two new guidance documents for Research Governance for children’s services have been recently commissioned by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)  , produced by Reason – , the new research, evaluation and analysis support network co-led by research in practice, research in practice for adults and the National Foundation for Educational Research.  The Introduction to Research Governance and Research Governance Checklist are available from the  ADCS website


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