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This is a blog post written by Professor Donald Forrester on the need for evidence-based approaches in social work.  He argues that this will enable social workers to articulate and defend their practice and the contribution it makes.

This is an article from the New Yorker that looks at innovation and creativity in the context of the development of computers and printers.  

This unit will help you to understand the issues surrounding children's rights as well as examining the implications of seeing children as citizens. You will also explore the meaning of childhood and analyse children's needs. It is at Intermediate Level and should take 1 hour to complete. The course was published on 13th July 2011. It is part of the Open Learn section of Open University and all materials are freely available over the internet.

This unit explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems. It considers the history of our current understandings of 'mental health' and 'illness' with focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression, and looks at potential gains and losses in using diagnostic labels in counselling and pyschotherapy. This unit is an adapted extract from The Open University course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness . It is at introductory level, and should take 8 hours to complete.

This unit examines the range of factors affecting young people’s wellbeing, such as obesity, binge drinking, depression and behavioural problems. It is an advanced level course and should take 16 hours to complete. It was published on Friday 29th July 2011. It is part of the Open Learn section of Open University and all materials are freely available over the internet.

Article that evaluates the effectiveness of current medical and psychological interventions for individuals at risk of sexually abusing children, both in known abusers and those at risk of abusing.

Section of Centre for Effectiveness Services website that includes key research findings, government publications and policies, media coverage concerning children, young people, families and community (CYPFC) issues.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Scottish Government case studies on various children's experiences of the Getting it right for every child approach.

Online guide and two new Social Care TV films that say that supervision works best when it occurs regularly, is based on a respectful relationship and is embedded in an organisation's culture.

Funded by the Department for Education, the National Children's Bureau (NCB) has developed a resource, available for free download, to support local authorities working to narrow the gap between the outcomes of looked after children and their peers.