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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
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
SCIE’s Knowledge Reviews which draw on practice and research findings
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 16: The voice of service users and carers
Advocacy reports (examples)
The Children’s Society (2012) ‘The value of independent advocacy for looked after children and young people’
Branfield, F. and Beresford, P. (2006) Making User Involvement Work: Supporting Service User Networking and Knowledge.
The following links are to Carers organisations across the UK:
Advocacy: Models and effectiveness, Insight 20
Shaping the criminal justice system: The role of those supported by criminal justice services, Insight 13
Supporting unpaid carers: The benefits of telecare, Insight 8
Improving support for black and minority ethnic (BME) carers, Insight 7
Effectively engaging and involving seldom-heard groups, Insight 2
IRISS on … series ‘Using tools to enhance engagement in social services’
IRISS Reports ‘Rest assured? A study of unpaid carers' experiences of short breaks - survey data’
IRISS Tools Fit for the Future: Beautiful Practice cards
IRISS videos – What Works? Series
Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF undertake a substantial amount of social research. See these links to JRF reports and resources on service user involvement
Research in Practice for Adults – Social Work Practice with Carers – open access site containing a range of information and resources for work with carers
Shaping our Lives This is the website of National User Network which is an independent user-controlled organisation, think tank and network.
Social Care Institute for Excellence. See this link to SCIE’s reports on service user and carer involvement
SCIE Person-centred care and co-production resources
University of Sheffield Living Library project. A very useful short film about this project demonstrating the value of sharing lived experience