Social work and social policy

Research in the fields of social work and social policy examines if and how these practices and policies enhance the welfare of individuals, families and communities. Researchers are concerned with politicising, assessing and addressing social needs. Research at the levels of professional practice, human service development and policy development often aims to benefit consumers, practitioners, administrators and policy-makers by informing practice at each of these levels. Social work and social policy research is grounded in the theories and methods of the social sciences and contributes knowledge about social structures and social processes, particularly those related to social justice, social equity, health and well-being.