social work

Barriers to communication

Through a scenario this resource enables the user to explore the potential barriers to communication that can exist in their everyday work. This resource will allow the understanding of how the following factors that can inhibit, interrupt or confuse the communication between social workers and service users, carers and others: time available; territory (environment and context); role and task; professional identity and use of self.

Creating positive outcomes through social work services

Pamphlet containing a collection of essays which acknowledge and celebrate the important part social work services play in supporting individuals and communities. The contributions approach the subject from various perspectives including the impact of the 1968 Social Work (Scotland) Act, the wider responsibilities which underlie standards and service delivery and the social context in which services are delivered.

Internet for social work

Free online tutorial designed to help university students develop their Internet research skills. Users can learn how to make discriminating use of the Internet to help find information for coursework and assignments.

Values, parenting and professional roles

All of us who work with families carry into our work a whole set of beliefs and values about family life and how children should be cared for. This learning object is designed to make you aware of these personal values and how they might impact on your practice. This learning object explores the way that personal values can effect the way you deal with families and seeks to help make practitioners aware of the impact and implications that this can have. You will be asked to capture your initial thoughts relating to 3 case study images depicting different aspects of family life.

Changing Lives

Website of Social Work Scotland containing information and news relating to 'Changing Lives, the change programme for social work services in Scotland based on the 21st century review of social work.
The website closed in 2009 and most of the content was archived on http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/changinglives.

Managing change in criminal justice social work (Towards effective practice, paper 3)

Paper intended to help service managers facilitate the process of managing change. It provides a short summary of the evidence relating to different approaches to managing change and indicates where managers can find further information.

Social Care Transformation: Elected Member Briefing

Produced by SCIE, the Putting People First delivery team, IDeA and the LGA, this briefing provides a recap of the Putting People First concordant and outlines what this will mean for local authorities. It is a valuable guide to next steps for social care commissioners and managers.

Current issues in criminal justice social work and youth justice (Towards effective practice, paper 1)

Paper identifying and discussing some of the issues facing criminal and youth justice social work services in Scotland. These include effective practice and approaches, outcome evaluation, risk assessment, information management and restorative justice.

SCIE Guide 4: Involving service users and carers in social work education

In 2003 the Department of Health introduced a new qualification for social workers. Previously a diploma, for the first time the social work qualification became a three-year degree course, a move which reflected the difficulty and professionalism of the job. Also for the first time, universities and colleges offering the degree were required to involve service users and carers in the design and delivery of the programme.