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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 28: Generic issues in practice contexts

The Department of Health’s (2016) Care and Support Statutory Guidance contains discussion of the meaning of abuse and neglect in respect of adult service users. You should see paragraph 14.16 onwards for an overview of categories of abuse and neglect.

Department of Health (2016) ‘What constitutes abuse and neglect?’

FGM resources

Main resource for Scotland is the website FGM Aware  zThis site was developed as a response to the Scottish Refuge Council Report ‘Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland: A Scottish model of intervention’. The site brings together training materials, reading, practice guidance, risk factors and legal information.

Home Office training on FGM available at https://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/  Registration is required to access the free resource.

Garfat, T., 2011. Discovering Camphill: a personal narrative. Scottish Journal of Residential Child care. Vol 11 (1): pp. 1 – 10. Glasgow: CELCIS. This article by Garfat (2011) discusses the Circle of Courage, applying the model to life in a Camphill community.

IRISS Multimedia Materials

Children, families and child protection https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/multimedia-learning-materials/children-families-and-child-protection

Criminal Justice and domestic violence https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/multimedia-learning-materials/criminal-justice-and-domestic-violence

IRISS Report

Ecology of judgment in child welfare and protection

IRISS video

Lessons from a scoping study on disabled children and child protection

The NSPCC provide a useful overview of types of child abuse, which incorporates what we might term contemporary issues. See the information of their website at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/

The Scottish Government’s (2014) guidance on child protection can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00450733.pdf

SCIE E-learning resources may be of interest. Depending on which jurisdiction of the UK you are studying/working in please be aware that sometimes the stated legislation and policy may not apply to your jurisdiction.

Adult safeguarding

Also see SCIE safeguarding adults resources overview

SCIE’s Social Care TV series, includes a video focusing on a project in Plymouth, aimed at helping people to protect themselves. The video ‘Safeguarding adults: teaching people to protect themselves’ can be accessed via http://www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?guid=92458a9c-f89f-4db1-bdea-e25698d01a18