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How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

Try A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
Could you manage 24 hours as a social worker? A Day in the Life... provides you with the opportunity to step into a social worker's shoes and to...

Engaging children and adults when there is problematic alcohol and drug use

Engaging children and adults when there is problematic alcohol and drug use Copyrighted image Credit: Andy Taylor
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Feb 2012
Providing professional help to families where alcohol or drugs are being used requires a delicate approach, explains Andy Taylor.

Protecting Our Children: Working with resistance

Protecting Our Children: Working with resistance Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Jan 2012
The series Protecting Our Children shows how, whatever the other challenges, the child has to be uppermost in the processs, finds The Open...

Building trust and understanding: Reflections on a case

Building trust and understanding: Reflections on a case Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
How do you go about supporting a couple and children through a difficult time - with a camera crew in tow? Social Worker Annie Sempill shares the...

Social work and public perception

Social work and public perception Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
The media reaction when a social worker makes a mistake can be hugely demoralising for the whole profession - and a one-sided view and scary myths...

Stress and rewards: My life as a social worker

Stress and rewards: My life as a social worker Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
What's it really like being a social worker? Ellen Parker - one of the team shadowed for Protecting Our Children - shares the highs and lows.

Protecting our children through tough decisions

Protecting our children through tough decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
Working on a series looking at the lives of social workers reminded Lucy Rai of the challenges of doing the "right" thing.

Can we ever learn to love social workers?

Can we ever learn to love social workers? Creative commons image Credit: Nefatron under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2009
Following Lord Laming's review of children's services in England, are social workers ever going to be valued or must they always take the blame?

What Is social work?

What Is social work? Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2006
Sandy Fraser portrays social work as a rewarding - but challenging - career

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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Becoming a critical social work practitioner Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2014
What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ...

Diversity and difference in communication

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Diversity and difference in communication Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective...

Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This unit is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law. The extracts are stand-alone sections but follow on from...

Interview with a social worker

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Interview with a social worker Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Aug 2012
The focus of this unit is to explore the role of a support worker. It helps to identify what is expected within a working environment, and the...

Social work learning practice

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Social work learning practice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
This audio unit focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in the field of social work. It identifies the diverse ways in...

Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care

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Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 11 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual – just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest...

Social work and the law in Scotland

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Social work and the law in Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
Social work is a dynamic profession that is undergoing a period of significant change in Scotland. Social workers have the power to make...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused – requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

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Duration 4800 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

Foundations for social work practice

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Foundations for social work practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This course for Social Work students in Wales develops the foundation knowledge and skills of social work – emphasising needs assessment, and...

Applied social work practice

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Applied social work practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This module for Social Work students in Wales focuses on applying practice; addressing key roles, and knowledge, values and skills for the social...