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Centre for Seldom Heard Voices

Centre for Seldom Heard Voices

The Seldom Heard Voices: marginalisation and societal integration Research Centre brings together a range of academics of different disciplines from across Social Sciences and Social Work as well as colleagues from health disciplines such as Mental Health Nursing. The Centre includes early career researchers keen to be mentored as well as established researchers.

Our aim is to collaborate, develop and share networks for joint research activities and funding bids to achieve a critical mass of high quality social science focused research within the Faculty. Our research relies on both qualitative and quantitative methods to engage with marginalised communities and often excluded or silenced voices, particularly through user-led (Social Work) and participatory, co-created approaches.

Our work demonstrates significant impact on the communities involved. We share a value of applying our research to real-world challenges to create maximum societal impact. This includes a wide range of categories of people and communities (e.g. looked-after children, youth in the developing world or conflict areas, youth and disability, parental substance use, sexuality and well-being, stigmatised or threatened minorities, immigrants and trafficking victims, carers, homelessness, diverse identities and many more). Impact includes contributions to child and adult social care practice, policy and practice influence, and theoretical contributions to conflict resolution and community empowerment in the UK and globally, including in Kosovo, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

We have a strong track record of developing collaborative partnerships with communities and other key stakeholders. Our approach epitomizes the `Fusion’ of professional practice, research and education to make a difference to real world challenges, and to produce measurable impacts at individual, community and wider global societal levels.

Disabled people’s voices on sexual well-being

This film is about disabled people’s voices on sexual well-being. Disabled people have equal rights to positive sexual well-being including sexual citizenship; however, this may not always be experienced and support for sexual well-being is less likely to form part of services offered by professionals in health and social care services. There is a clear link between sexual well-being and other aspects of physical and emotional well-being, making it an issue which needs to be proactively addressed by health and social care professionals in ways which are directed by disabled people.

Our research at a glance

Please see below for a range of conference posters capturing some of the current research and proposal areas within our Centre.

Research themes


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