Our aim is to bring about positive change in society by critical examination of the institutions, laws and social services that govern our lives.
We fund research and innovation in key areas of social policy. Two of our main interests are children and families and law in society (focusing specially on civil law), and we have distinct funding programmes in these areas.
Our influential Changing Adolescence Programme examines the ways in which the experience of being a teenager has changed over the last 30-40 years.
Opportunities for improvement
All our work in social policy aims to identify opportunities for improvement, either at policy level, or in the day to day practice of social workers, legal professionals, civil servants and others responsible for the delivery of our social services.
If you are looking for funding for a social policy project, you can find out whether you might be eligible in our apply for funding section.
Our work in this area
See how we are improving understanding about language, learning and development in early childhood.