Social care and health inequalities


Social Work and Health Inequalities Network

The Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN) was launched at the International Health and Mental Health Conference, Quebec 2004. It has approximately 300 members worldwide, in over 25 countries. It aims to promote research, discussion and action by social work researchers, educators, practitioners and managers, to combat the causes and consequences of unjust and damaging socially created inequalities in health.

In celebration of World Social Day 2013 and raise awareness of the principles of the Global Agenda for Social Work of promoting social and economic equality, Julie Fish talked to Patricia Fronek of Griffith University, Australia about social work’s role in addressing health inequalities. She emphasises the importance of raising the profession’s international profile in this area of social work practice.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to tackle the root causes of social problems rather than their symptoms. Its aim is to create lasting change for people and places in poverty, communities where everyone can thrive and a more equal society.

National Centre for Social Research

The National Centre for Social Research conducts studies that have direct, practical application in terms of understanding social behaviour and informing policy. Current research includes health and lifestyle, children and families, income and welfare, employment skills and education.

School for Social Care Research

The NIHR School for Social Care Research has an overall aim to develop the evidence base for adult social care practice in England by commissioning and conducting world class research. The NIHR SSCR uses a broad and inclusive description of adult social care, encompassing the wide range of care and support that is available to and used by adults; the diversity of services and service providers of adult social care; and care and support provided through informal care, self-care and self-funded care.

British Institute of Human Rights: Health and human rights: empowering voluntary sector organisations

The project aims to build the capacity of voluntary sector organisations engaged in health and social care to use human rights to support their work.