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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 29: Working with children and young people

The following links take you to organisational sites whose key interests are policy, practice and standards in services for children and young people who are either in residential child care settings or the wider Looked After Children population. Contributions include academics, practitioners and the voices of children and young people.



Different dimensions of the life space are discussed in this article by Gharabaghi and Stuart (2013) In it they revise the previous concept of the lifespace to include the virtual world of children and young people.

Hands on Scotland (2013) A Toolkit of helpful responses to encourage children and young people's emotional wellbeing. Fife: Playfield Institite.

IRISS Insights

Social workers' communication with children and young people in practice, Insight 34: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/social-workers-communication-children-and-young-people-practice

Permanence and stability for disabled looked after children, Insight 11: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/permanence-stability-disabled-looked-after-children

Attachment-informed practice with looked after children and young people, Insight 10 https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/attachment-informed-practice-looked-after-children-young-people

IRISS Reports

This is where it starts collection This overview report (PDF) explores learning from eight case studies of work with children and parents in the early years (pre-birth to eight years old). The case studies are based on in-depth interviews with those working with children and parents in the early years to uncover what professionals perceive supports positive outcomes, early intervention and prevention.


Relationships Matter – A Conversation Tool

Leading for Outcomes: Children and Young People

Research in Practice Fostering and Adoption learning materials – contains a number of relevant briefings under the Topics tab

SCIE/ NICE (2010) Recommendations on Looked After Children: Promoting the Quality of Life of Looked-After Children and Young People. This paper, whilst slightly dated now, provides a comprehensive overview of key issues for consideration.

These 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 residential child care

See also the SCIE tab for Children’s Services info

This link takes you to the THEMPRA site which focuses on social pedagogy – an approach to working that has strong links with lifespace and opportunity-led working

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