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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 32: Working with adults: criminal justice social work

More information about the LSCMI Assessment Tool can be found at http://www.rmascotland.gov.uk/events-and-learning/learning-initiatives/ls-cmi/ 

More information about Community Payback Orders can be found in the Community Payback Orders Practice Guidance Document (Scottish Government 2010) which can be found at

For more information on the Scottish Government’s policies and work on reducing re-offending see

For more information about the OASys in England and Wales see the publication by Moore at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/449357/research-analysis-offender-assessment-system.pdf

Anderson, S., Hinchliffe, S., Homes, A., et al. (2015) Summary Report Evaluation of CPOs, CJSW Reports and Presumption Against Short Sentences. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/8997/0

Audit Scotland (2011) An overview of Scotland’s criminal justice system. Available at  http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/docs/central/2011/nr_110906_justice_overview.pdf

Audit Scotland (2012) Reducing Reoffending in Scotland. Available at http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/docs/central/2012/nr_121107_reducing_reoffending.pdf

IRISS Insights

Prison leavers and homelessness, Insight 29: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/prison-leavers-homelessness

How and why people stop offending: Discovering desistance, Insight 15: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/how-why-people-stop-offending-discovering-desistance

Intensive supervision, surveillance and monitoring of young people, Insight 9: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/intensive-supervision-surveillance-monitoring-young-people

IRISS Multimedia materials

Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland

IRISS videos

The road from crime

Supporting desistance from crime

Women’s imprisonment – is there a better way?

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)

This SCIE E-learning resource 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.

Children of prisoners

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

JRF undertake research, policy and practice work particularly around social issues. See headings under the People tab as well as other areas of the website