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Social Work (HE): Placements and Practice

Social Work Toolkit

The Social Work Toolkit includes resources specifically for students on 5 key modules: Communication Skills, Ethics, Values and Diversity; Professionalism in Practice; Assessment and Intervention; and Lifecourse Perspectives. Modules include guides, expert opinions, and activities with scenarios, case studies, video and audio.  Answer questions to check your understanding, or consider the reflective questions to improve your knowledge.

The Toolkit also includes links to the Professional Standards for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, plus links to the main Government departments which impact on Social Work.

Students have also reported that the Law and Policy section is very useful. This brings together laws and policies relevant to Social Work practice, organised by key practice placement areas, and overarching legislation that is likely to apply to placement settings. 

Finally, there is a library of 90 videos which can be filtered by one of the five modules, and link back to activities and reflective practice

Social Work Toolkit Video guide

Learning Resources

CC Inform Children offers aids such as videos, factsheets, guides, podcasts and webinars to support your learning. 

These resources help reduce risk for families and for organisations by ensuring social work professionals are able to make confident, robust and evidence-based decisions every day and defend those decisions competently in court. They are trusted, essential resources that save time, improve quality and support learning.

Practice hubs are available on various topics and include one-page overviews of key topics, and more in-depth information. For example, the Neglect practice hub includes a one-page quick guide, and detailed guides on assessments, evidencing neglect in court, child protection plans and home visits.

Practice guidance guides are regularly updated with the latest case law, legislation or other updates. 

Learning Tools provide guides to key information that you can quickly access. 

The directory of direct work tools provides a range of ideas to use with children and young people. The tools have all been tried and tested by social workers in everyday practice.

CC Inform: Children

Practice Guides

Practice guidance provides a detailed description what’s expected of Social Workers in their everyday interactions with clients.  Find guides on all aspects of Social Work in the following databases. 

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