Social Work Knowledge

Looking for social work knowledge? There is a large and rapidly growing body of social work knowledge. For example, there are now over 80 academic journals dedicated to social work (Victor et al BJSW (2017 47, 2165-2169)) each of which is published several times a year.

This range of knowledge resources reflects the reality that:

  • Social work is now over 100 years old so there is a substantial legacy of books and publications
  • Social work is multi-disciplinary: many key social work texts were generated ‘outside’ social work in the fields of sociology, psychology, social policy, law and even business studies (for example, Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of need’ derives from a business studies text)
  • Social work is an international profession, so each country will have a developing social work literature. Comparative studies (e.g. comparing social work policy and practice between the UK and another country) adds another layer of literature

To help find your way around these resources BASW have developed a short guide.

Social Work Research

BASW works closely with universities, the voluntary sector and other organisations to develop knowledge for social work and social workers. The knowledge base of any profession continues to develop and social work is no different. BASW works with these partners:

  • To undertake primary and secondary research on social work issues and with social workers
  • To promote existing and new knowledge through conferences, seminars, briefings and meetings with national politicians and parliamentary lobbying
  • To make available such knowledge through the BASW Continuous Professional Development (CPD) offer

BASW has no funding to support primary research projects. However, BASW can and does partner with a range of organisations in undertaking research and can and does partner on research funding bids.

Read how BASW prioritises research projects

If you are a university researcher and believe you meet these criteria do get in touch. Contact us.