Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Further resources

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Ethics and Values in Social Work

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Social work action network
Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy 
An open access encyclopaedia that is frequently updated and contains detailed refereed articles written by recognised experts on key philosophers, philosophical concepts and theories – including much material relevant to philosophical ethics.

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International Federation of Social Workers
This website has a selection of codes of ethics from different national professional associations in membership of IFSW. It also has statements and discussion about the nature of social work and human rights issues in social work.

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College of Social Work
Australian College of Social Work

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Shaping Our Lives
A national network of service users and disabled people. It describes itself as ‘an independent user-controlled organisation, think tank and network’. Members undertake research, training, campaigning and contribute to social work education.

National Voice
An organization run for and by young people who are or have been in care in England, with the aim of helping young people change the care system for the better, helping them speak up and have an effect on decisions about the care system.

eXperts by eXperience
A group supported by the University of Bedfordshire in the UK, comprising people with experience of either social care or mental health services as users or carers, who are involved in interviewing prospective students, giving talks to students and assessing their work.

Human rights (International Federation of Social Workers)  
This excellent website outlines the nature and importance of human rights in social work, some of the dilemmas faced by social workers across the world in relation to human rights abuse and case examples and other resources for use in teaching. 

Social Work Action Network
This is the website for SWAN, a radical, campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users and carers. It has the text of the SWAN manifesto, a discussion forum, links to publications and information about current campaigns and actions. 

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European Social Ethics Project (FESET)
The project aims to develop understanding of how students conceptualize ethical dilemmas; what kinds of issues they find problematic; and how education and training can better prepare them for the ethical dimensions of practice. This website also has some cases from around the world.

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Social Work Practice

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE provides a rich source of information. It includes knowledge reviews, practice guidance and the electronic library for social care - a gateway to even more resources such as research findings and initiatives including Making Research Count; Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults.

The Institute for Research and Innovation in the Social Services (IRISS)
Formerly the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education (SIESWE),IRISS is a Scottish organization with a mission similar to SCIE. Its mission is topromote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.

The Social Work Action Network (SWAN)
A radical, campaigning organization of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics.

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SCIE Guide 18: Assessment in social work: a guide for learning and teaching 

Barry, M. (2007) Effective Approaches to Risk Assessment in Social Work: An International Literature Review Edinburgh: Scottish Government
An excellent overview of the literature on risk assessment in all aspects of social work.

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Provides a valuable research resource, including findings from research in social care.

Provides information about advocacy services.
There is a wealth of web pages to be consulted about advocacy services available for user and carer groups: see for example:
The SCIE website on Adult services: Participation gives access to information and resources about best practice:

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The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) E-learning resources
A wealth of resources including audio, video and interactive technology to do with good communication skills and how to use these.

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Psychosocial Working Group (PWG)
Established in 2000 as a collaboration between academic institutions and humanitarian agencies committed to the development of knowledge and best practice in the field of psychosocial interventions in complex emergencies. It includes the Psychosocial practitioners network – the aim of which is to work with key practitioner, academic and policy agencies to set up a web-based network to create an opportunity for dialogue between practitioners, academics and policy makers.

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End of Life and Bereavement
Department of Health (2005) When a Patient Dies: Advice on Developing Bereavement Services in the NHS; London, Department of Health, available online at
Department of Health (2008) End of Life Care Strategy: Promoting High Quality Care for All Adults at the End of Life; London, Department of Health, available online at
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) (2009) Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Services Strategy for Bereavement Care, Belfast, DHSSPS; available online at

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The NHS initiative Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – CBT
The best practice guide for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (2010) can be accessed here.
>Association of Psychological Therapies (APT) – courses
Offers a list of CBT courses

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Research in Practice
Provides an overview of evidence relating to good practice in working with children and families

Child Protection: Messages from Research (The Social Research Unit)
This provides an overview of research in the area of child protection with a summary of the implications for policy and practice.

Munro review
Gives the details of the context and process of the review and access to all the reports.

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (c4eo)
Provides information about excellence in local practice and national research and data about 'what works'.

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Personalisation: a rough guide
Carr, S. (2010) Personalisation: a rough guide (revised edition) Scie Report no. 20 London, Scie  This report ‘does what it says on the tin’ and provides an excellent introduction to the principles of personalization. It also gives numerous links to other relevant documents.

Inter-professional and inter-agency working (SCIE’s e-learning resource)
Provides resources to explore the nature of inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration and in improving collaborative practice

Working with Carers (SCIE resources)
It includes, among other things, videos of people discussing supporting carers from a variety of perspectives.

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Association of Advancement of Social Work with Groups  
Provides useful resources and discussion about developments in groupwork.

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Positive Mental Health Attitudes
The project was funded by Greater Glasgow Health Board and Greater EasterhousePathfinder, which aims to encourage and innovate projects in partnership with the local community

Scottish Community Development Centre
Gives examples of a wide range of approaches to community development

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Working with Abused Children

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This is the official web-site of the NSPCC. From the home page there are links to resources for professionals. The research briefings and information from the NSPCC are well-researched and reliable.

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Triangle is an independent organisation helping children and families, especially in relation to communication issues. Among other tasks they can provide British Sign Language interpreters, speech and language therapists, communication support workers plus spoken language interpreters, especially in relation to ascertaining children’s wishes and feeling.

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In My Shoes
In My Shoes is a computer package for Macintosh and Windows computers that helps professionals communicate with children and learning disabled adults about their experiences, views, wishes and feelings

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NSPCC Family Group Conferences

Further information about family group conferences.

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The British Association for Adoption and Fostering [BAAF]
BAAF is the leading organisation in the field and produces many excellent publications.

TACT Fostering and Adoption
TACT Fostering and Adoption is one of the largest relevant organisations. It merged with Parents for Children in 2009 which specialised in finding families particularly for disabled children and those who were particularly vulnerable.

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A telephone helpline specifically for children. More information can be found on the website, including the number for children to call if they are distressed in any way and would like to talk to a counsellor. Information for adults about ChildLine or what to do if adults are worried about a child is available

Kidscape is an organisation dedicated to helping children and much of the focus of its work is to prevent sexual abuse as well as bullying in school.

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National Children’s Bureau
The National Children’s Bureau is an excellent source of information on children’s issues generally especially in relation to policy, legislation and new initiatives for children’s welfare.

Supports families in their own homes.

Midlands-based charity providing therapeutic support for children and young people who have suffered any form of trauma.

The Pen Green Children’s Centre

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The Ann Craft Trust
The Trust offers information and an advice service on aspects of sexual abuse and exploitation of adults, as well as children with learning difficulties.

It offers sympathetic guidance on its web pages for all survivors of childhood abuse including a section dedicated to male survivors. The services also include telephone and email support.

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European Roma Rights Centre
This is a website for those interested in issues affecting the Roma community.

Working together to Safeguard Children (2011)
This is the Department of Education website where the ‘Working Together 2011’ document and other related important government safeguarding documents can be accessed.

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Social Work with Disabled People

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Centre for Disability Studies (University of Leeds)
The CDS is the first and most active research centre in the UK. Much of its work can be viewed at this site.

Disability Studies Archive
The Disability Archive is an ever expanding collection of hundreds of papers which are not easily available elsewhere.

Centre for Disability Research (Lancaster University)
Since 2003 Lancaster University hosts the International Disability Studies conference and many of the papers presented are available on this site.

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Breakthrough UK 
A disabled people’s organisation which conducts social model research and consultancy (amongst other things).

Disability Studies Archive
The Disability Archive is an ever expanding collection of hundreds of papers which are not easily available elsewhere.

Centre for Disability Research (Lancaster University)

Office for Disability Issues
A cross government department office which, amongst other things, produces statistical research about disabled people and individual medical conditions.

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Breakthrough UK

Carers UK
Support Network for Carers

Disabled Parents Network
Support Network for disabled parents, led by disabled parents.

Shaping Our Lives
An independent user-controlled organisation, think tank and network with a vision of a society which is equal and fair where all people have the same opportunities, choices, rights and responsibilities.

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National Centre for Independent Living 
A national organisation that promotes choice, control, rights and full economic, social and cultural lives, it was set up, is run and controlled by

Southampton Centre for Independent Living Established in the mid 1980’s, this was one of the first CIL’s in the UK offering a range of services to support disabled people, it was set up, is run and controlled by disabled people.

Centre for Independent Living (Berkley, California, USA)
Founded in 1972 this is the first CIL in the world. The website reflects the difference in analysis in USA where they use the term “people with disabilities”. Itworks to open doors in the community to full participation and access for all. It was set up, is run and controlled by disabled people.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission
Contains information about the duties your organisation (employer, university etc.) has under the 2010 Equality Act.

Alliance for Inclusive education
A national campaigning and information-sharing network led by disabled people. 

Lifetime homes
Showing how all new homes can be flexible enough to accommodate individuals and family through changing need that can come about through acquiring impairments.

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Dignity in Dying
A national campaign and membership organisation who fight for greater choice and control to alleviate suffering at the end of life.

Association for Real Change
Advises people with learning difficulties on how to avoid being drawn into situations that could make them vulnerable.

Not Dead Yet UK
A network of people who do not want a change in the law around assisted suicide.

Roaring girl productions
Resistance drama, on the plinth and conversation about the history of Aktion T4, the Nazi programme of mass-murder targeting disabled people, on what it means today.

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Breakthrough UK 

Disability Studies Archive

Centre for Disability Research (Lancaster University)

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Social Work with Older People

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The Poverty Site
The UK site for statistics on poverty and social exclusion

Public and Commercial Services Union

World Health Organization

The UK Coalition on Older Homelessness (2004)
A UK lobby group of housing and homelessness agencies concerned with raising the profile of older homeless people in the UK.

Carers’ Policy Briefing
A comprehensive review of the economic, practical and psychosocial implications of providing informal care. Reference: Carers UK (2008) Carers’ Policy Briefing:  The National Strategy for Carers, London, Carers UK

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) 
Lots of useful practical information, research and policy response documents to all matters relating to hearing loss.

Royal National Institute for Blind People
Contains information on research, practical information, pages for carers and supporters and information about support groups and services. 

The Arthritis Care
Has information about the many types of arthritis which affect people.  There are a lot of useful downloadable information sheets about living with arthritis as well as information on current research, policy and practice.

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Older People and Suicide
This document provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge and evidence base on suicide and older age. It is also an excellent source of further information and resources.  Reference: Beeston, D., (2006) Older People and Suicide, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
A charity that funds a large UK wide research programme.  The website has a wealth of information about social inequalities facing older people and useful ‘research round ups’ which highlight key research on a particular issue or theme.

Office of National Statistics
This website has a ‘focus on older people’ section which contains accessible statistic information on the lives of older people in Britain.

Stroke Association
This website provides information about local support groups and services for people who have had a stroke and their supporters. The pages also have practical information about stroke and information about stroke research. 

Downes Syndrome Association (
This website is of interest to anyone working with a person with DownesSyndrome.  It contains practical information as well as specific information about dementia and Downes Syndrome.  The organisation is part of the Learning Disabilities Coalition.  
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A vision for adult care:  capable communities and active citizens (DH)
Green paper setting out the government’s aspirations for the development of adult social care.  Reference: Department of Health, (2010) A vision for adult care: capable communities and active citizens, London, Department of Health

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Adult Social Care (The Law Commission, 2011)

Action on Elder Abuse
Awareness raising website with a helpline serve and commentary on current policy, legislative reform and information leaflets about abuse

In Control
A national charity which aims to ensure that people who need support have the right and freedom to control that support.  The website has information on community networks, campaigns, reports, responses to policy and research.

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Dementia development centre (Stirling University)
This website contains a host of information on further training in dementia care; publications, research reports and the Dementia Development Centre’s newsletter.

The British Society of Gerontology
Contains information about membership, conferences and other events – including the annual British Society of Gerontology conference. 

The Kings Fund
Contains commentary on current national policy including personalisation and direct payments.  The website also carries comprehensive and useful reading lists on various topics of interest to social work students and practitioners. 

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Anti-Discriminatory Practice

Social Work Focus
The online resource for social work people by social work people – website managed by Neil Thompson

Equality issues generally
Child Poverty Action Group
The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Fawcett Society

Race and ethnicity
The Institute of Race Relations
The Runnymede Trust

Age UK
Centre for Policy on Ageing

UK Disabled People’s Council
Values in Action

UK Gay News

Corrymeela Community
Islamophobia Watch
Jewish Virtual Library

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