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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 35: Social work interventions with older people

AgeUK The UK’s largest charity working with and for older people has a ‘professional resources’ section of their website. This includes a link to research work and other publications.

Dementia Services Development Centre

IRISS Insights

The following publications produced by IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) address topics of interest when working with older people.

Extending the housing options for older people, Insight 26

Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people, Insight 25

Spirituality and ageing: Implications for the care and support of older people, Insight 19

Supporting those with dementia: Reminiscence therapy and life story work, Insight 4

Effectiveness of reablement services, Insight 3

See also IRISS Multimedia Materials

Hospital to Home

Community Care and Older People

IRISS Reports

Practitioner Research Older People


Plan for Prevnetion – prompt cards

Leading for Outcomes: Dementia

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

As well as the Ageing Population, Dementia and Older People parts of the site, which can be found at the following links:




You will find a wide range of social research information on the JRF site.

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.


An introduction to the mental health of older people


Managing risk, minimising restraint