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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.

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

Publications

Latest news from the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices

A Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions: the lived experience, edited by Dr Mel Hughes is published on 23 May 2019

The book covers a range of statutory social work interventions such as being detained under the Mental Health Act, having a child removed to a place of safety or having a carers assessment.