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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 23: Narrative therapy

Drumm, M. (2013) The role of personal storytelling in practice – IRISS Insight number 23. Glasgow: IRISS. 

Dulwich Centre The Dulwich Centre is an independent centre in Adelaide, Australia involved in narrative approaches to therapy and community work. This website includes a wide range of relevant resources, some of which are noted below:

Dulwich Centre (2016) What is Narrative Therapy? Adelaide: Dulwich Centre.

The website also contains a narrative therapy library where there are some free downloads, including, a further article by Alice Morgan and a book by David Epston. These can be accessed via http://www.narrativetherapylibrary.com/free-downloads.html

Lastly, the Dulwich Centre has a free introductory course on narrative practice, which includes links to further reading and video materials. You can access the resource at http://dulwichcentre.com.au/courses/what-is-narrative-practice-a-free-course/

The following news article by Sheena Hastings (2010) illustrates the difference that can be achieved when caregivers have a clearer sense of the person whom they are supporting: this can make:  http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/the-journal-of-memories-that-brought-leo-s-life-story-back-from-the-shadows-1-2561476

Life story work

IRISS Insight (2011) ‘Supporting those with dementia: reminiscence therapy and life story work’ to develop your understanding of the links between these practices 

Also have a look at the Life Story Book template available on the website of Dementia UK at 

Living library

The following is a link to a short clip about the concept of a living library held at the University of Sheffield in 2015. This is an innovative idea, which has gathered pace over recent years

The Narrative Approaches website is a collaboration between David Epston and two practising therapists. The site contains some useful material and downloads.

For an interesting TEDTalk about writing therapy in the context of mental health see the video by Anastasia Bow-Bertrand