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Improving the everyday lives of carers

Improving the everyday lives of carers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Many carers feel undervalued by society and that they are having to ‘go it alone’. The European Funded DISCOVER project, which included a team from...

Social model of disability and the campaign for control

Social model of disability and the campaign for control Copyrighted image Copyright: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
What is the social model for disability? Does the social world exclude those with impairments, leading to disability?

Can everyone take control?

Can everyone take control? Copyrighted image Copyright: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
Is it possible for everyone with a disability to take control of their care?

Social Science and Psychology Tasters

Social Science and Psychology Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is Social Science and Psychology for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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...

Stress and rewards: My life as a social worker

Stress and rewards: My life as a social worker Copyrighted image Copyright: 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.

Social work and public perception

Social work and public perception Copyrighted image Copyright: 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...

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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice?...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

Social care in the community

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Social care in the community
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Oct 2015
Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision....

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Becoming a critical social work practitioner Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 free course, Becoming a critical social work practitioner, will guide you...

Diversity and difference in communication

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Diversity and difference in communication Copyrighted image Copyright: 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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Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This free course is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law in England and Wales. The extracts are stand-alone...

Interview with a social worker

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

Social work learning practice

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Social work learning practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
This free audio course, Social work learning practice, focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in the field of social...

Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care

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Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
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...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused – requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 4800 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
This course for Social Work students in Wales develops the foundation knowledge and skills of social work – emphasising needs assessment, and...

Foundations for social work practice

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Foundations for social work practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
Develop the foundation knowledge and skills of social work, with particular emphasis on key roles: Prepare for assessment of need; and Support...