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There are a range of web resources that can support your learning across many of the topics and themes covered in Social Work: An Introduction, Second Edition. On each chapter page of this website we have made some specific suggestions about web resources that you might look at. In addition, as a general statement about useful web resources we have repeated a General Resources section on each chapter page (see below). Please note that these lists are not exhaustive and are aimed at providing some starting points from which you might begin to explore what the web has to offer. Remember when using the web that it is important you assess the quality of the material you are looking at. There is much available that is merely personal opinion and much available that is factually incorrect. Accessing reputable websites increases the reliability and validity of the material presented to you. It is also worth being aware of the fact that some websites refer more heavily to legislation and policy in certain jurisdictions of the UK as opposed to others.

General Resources applicable to every chapter

IRISS – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services; browse the IRISS Learning Exchange resources

Curated Collections

Topic Overview 

Research in Practice The site contains a wide range of resources and publications related to work with children, young people and families. Some resources and publications are open access, but for many a subscription is required.

Research in Practice for Adults This site contains a wide range of resources and publications related to work with adults and carers. Some resources and publications are open access, but for many a subscription is required.

SCIE – Social Care Institute for Excellence Browse SCIE’s Social Care TV series for useful videos to inform aspects of practice

Also see:

SCIE’s Knowledge Reviews which draw on practice and research findings

SCIE’s Research Briefings

and SCIE’s Research Resources

A general list of all SCIE resources can be accessed via

Agency resources When you are on placement find out if the organisation you are working with has a subscription to information hubs such as,

Community Care Inform (corporate subscription only) or

Care Knowledge  (individual subscription available).

Developing your own learning

There are a range of free courses available on web platforms, many of which support aspects of your learning in the topics covered by Social Work: An Introduction, Second Edition.

For example, see the free course catalogue on the Open University’s Open Learn platform and have a look at the short courses available under the tabs for Health, Sports and Psychology; Education and Development and Society, Politics and Law.

Or the ALISON website course subject list

Or explore the Future Learn website and look at courses under the Health and Psychology, Law and Politics and The Modern World categories.

Chapter 11: Generic issues in assessment and managing uncertainty

To find out more about emotional intelligence look at the Emotional Competence Framework produced by the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. Consider the detailed points under the areas of self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, social awareness (termed ‘empathy’ by others) and social skills. Identify areas where you believe your emotional intelligence can be developed and think about how you might go about achieving this.

Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (2015) Emotional Competence Framework. Multi-national base: CREIO

IRISS Reports

Decision making and social work in Scotland

The following podcast by Gerry Nosowska and Jo Fox of Effective Practice includes discussion of how evidence is used in practice, the translation of evidence to practice and the balance between evidence and the use of judgment. The podcast ‘Evidence and Ideology’ is part of a series of podcasts the practitioners have developed, so you may wish to explore the site for other useful resources

Pawson, R., Boaz, A., Grayson, L., Long, A. and Barnes, C. (2003) . SCIE Knowledge Review 3.

Smith, R. (2010) ‘Social work, risk, power’, Sociological Research Online. 15(1): 4.