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On this page, you will find a list of resources and activities on Community Care Inform that can be used with a group of practitioners. For each activity, it includes key information about the learning objectives, how long it will take, equipment/materials and any preparation needed.

Click on the name of the exercise for the resource and full details. By default, the list is organised alphabetically by the main theme covered; try using keywords in the search box if you can’t immediately see the topic area you are looking for. You can also sort the list by the estimated time it will take (duration) or format (e.g. webinar; structured activity from our ‘Learn as a group’ series) by clicking the up or down arrows in the relevant column.

Note: Videos, podcasts and webinars can of course be watched and listened to independently by individual practitioners. This page only indicates equipment or facilities you would need to use these for group learning.

Name of exercise Format Learning objective Estimated duration Notes What you need
Adoption disruption Podcast What research says about rates of adoption disruption, why it happens and the impact on families 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker to play offline)
Alcohol misuse: talking to a parent Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the parent. 30 minutes: includes watching video A (02:28 minutes) and video B (03:15 minutes) and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on a service user. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Analysis and decision-making Learn as a group Improve analysis and decision-making skills by reflecting on facts and opinion, how risks and strengths are identified and understood, avoiding confirmation bias. The session suggests a model for testing hypotheses and considering plausible options for a family. 90 minutes Provides a slide show and facilitator notes for leading a group discussion. The session is designed for between three and 10 practitioners. It links to the popular Guide to analysis and decision-making. You need to nominate one social worker in advance of the session to think of a family they are working with where they would like the help and support of others and be prepared to discuss them in the session. They will need to give a five minute description of the family and share a genogram. Whiteboard or flipchart/paper and pens. Print off the facilitator notes. If you have a big screen available, you can click through the slides to introduce the activities and give the group some key points. However, you can also run the session just from the notes.
Assessing contact with birth families – a trauma model approach Webinar How to comply with legal requirements and put the psychological needs of the child first. 65 minutes (webinar length is 57 minutes.) The webinar presentation lasts 40 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 17 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, audio, internet connection
Attachment: strengthening understanding and using theory more confidently Webinar Understand the attachment-related issues that social workers really need to be concerned about, and how to apply the theory to casework. 63 minutes (this is the complete length of the webinar) The webinar presentation lasts 39 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 23 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, audio, internet connection
Burnout Podcast Why social workers in child protection and those working with adults with learning disabilities are experiencing burnout 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) This podcast looks at the latest research findings in this area and what it means for your practice. You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts that can be used for discussion. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker to play offline)
Care plans: developing an effective, collaborative approach Learn as a group Think in different ways about care planning by moving towards plans that are co-produced with children and families. 60 minutes Planning is a key skill for social workers and this 'learn as a group' session focuses on developing plans with children and families by having clear objectives and goals which will achieve better outcomes. If possible, project or show on a large screen so the group can see the questions and examples (otherwise, you can just read out the activities from the page or print it). The activities will work best with between three and eight social workers, but could be adapted for larger groups. You will also need a white board or flipchart/large pad of paper and marker pens
Case recording Learn as a group Writing clearer records that meet the different purposes they serve (including being read by children and families) and demonstrate an explicit understanding of the importance of record for shaping how families are seen and the decisions taken about them. 60 minutes Provides full details for facilitating a learning session. Everyone needs to bring a record with them, they don't have to share anything from it with the group. Whiteboard or flipchart and pens. Ideally a big screen/projector with audio and internet connection to show video of parent/practitioner conversation in the last part of the session.
Child sexual abuse - working with the whole family after disclosure of abuse by a grandparent Case study Action to take following a sexual abuse disclosure, understanding the children and family’s needs and how these can be met; navigating the potential conflict between avoiding compromising a criminal investigation and asking questions/providing support when children are ready to speak; and how to work with the whole family when individual members’ views and needs are different 60 minutes This case study, written by a family therapist who provides consultation to social workers provides details of a fictionalised case and discussion of what a practitioner could do at different stages. It can be used by a group to discuss and reflect on what they would have done in this situation. Big screen/projector (if you save or load the page ready, an internet connection is not essential. Alternatively, print off the case study rather than showing on screen).
Child sexual abuse: family work approaches Podcast What family work is and how social workers can use it in their practice 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker to play offline)
Child sexual abuse: multi-agency working Video How the criminal justice process impacts on children and families, effective multi-agency working in sexual abuse cases and how to support children and young people who have experienced trauma to feel as in control as possible. 45 minutes This is a video interview with two independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs) who support children and young people through the criminal justice process. The video is 30 minutes long. You can use the list of issues covered as discussion starters for how practice could be improved Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Child sexual abuse: understanding perpetration - Finkelhor’s model Group discussion and animation Understand perpetrator and grooming behaviour, the warning signs that may mean a child is at risk and what may need to be considered to reduce risk. The model can be used in work with non-abusing parents 30 minutes To understand the model, first click through the exercise with practitioners - it encourages people to think of something they do they know they shouldn't as a link in to understanding Finkelhor's model. This section will take about 15 minutes. It is followed by a 5 minute animation, which you can watch together and use to prompt discussion Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Child sexual exploitation: addressing the challenges to protecting young people Webinar Looks at the challenges associated with working with children and young people who are at risk of, or have experienced, sexual exploitation. 60 minutes Draws on the current research evidence base, it addresses: the primary focus on individual vulnerability, the struggle to reconcile 'victimhood' and 'agency' and the problem of professionals 'doing to' rather than 'working with' young people. The webinar presentation lasts 40 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 20 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Child sexual exploitation: Jenny Molloy's experience Video Hear a personal account from a service user who experienced child sexual exploitation while living in care. 10 minutes (length of video is 05:08 minutes) In the short film, Jenny shares advice on what social workers should consider in CSE cases, what signs to look for, what questions they should be asking and how to work with, and support, young people at risk of, or experiencing, CSE. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Child sexual exploitation: learning from a service user’s experience Learn as a group What social workers should consider in CSE cases, what signs to look for, what questions they should be asking and how to work with, and support, young people at risk of, or experiencing, CSE. 60 minutes Using her video about CSE (listed separately) as a starting point, Jenny Molloy provides notes to lead a one hour discussion about how social workers can support young people Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Child to parent violence Podcast How to identify whether a family is experiencing normal behaviour concerns or child to parent abuse, what research says and what the social work response to be. 33 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts, a specialist social worker and parent/child therapist Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker to play offline)
Child trafficking – risk indicators and identifying victims Webinar Outlines how social workers can navigate the different duties and agencies involved, and the steps to take while maintaining a child protection focus. 60 minutes The webinar covers: spotting the signs of child trafficking in referrals and children you work with, understanding the particular vulnerabilities of children who have been trafficked from other countries and cultures and ways to support them. Big screen/projector, sound, internet connection
Child trafficking: case scenario - what would you do? Learn as a group Prompts practitioners to think about and discuss how they would approach a complex child trafficking case given the facts known at different stages and provides a conceptual framework to plan intervention in child trafficking cases. 60 minutes Discussion is based on the case of a 16 year old Vietnamese boy who has been trafficked to work in a cannabis farm in a residential property. Big screen, internet connection
Contact with birth families – a trauma model approach Learn as a group Develop practice and critical thinking about contact for children in care. 90 minutes This 'learn as a group' session provides 7 activities (as well as a summary discussion & further reading) including video and audio clips which introduce key concepts. The clips are taken from a webinar by Norma Howes, a social worker, psychologist and psychotherapist who trains social workers, police, health and education staff on all aspects of childhood trauma and abuse. If possible, project or show on a large screen so the group can watch the webinar clips and listen to the audio. If this isn't possible, you can play the clips from your computer/device and just listen to the audio and read the activities from the page. You will also need a white board or flipchart and marker pens for the activities. Individual notebooks will also be helpful. A small amount of preparation by the social workers - thinking about families they have worked with - is required; full details are given on the page.
'Contact': talking to a looked-after young person Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the young person. 30 minutes: includes watching video A (03:19 minutes) and video B (04:39 minutes) and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on a service user. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Contextual safeguarding: responding to peer-on-peer sexual exploitation and offending Learn as a group An understanding of contextual safeguarding and protecting young people in their peer groups 90 minutes In the 'notes about this session' section, there's link to download/print-off facilitator instructions, as well as the worksheet Big screen/projector and internet connection if possible, although it can be done just using the facilitator notes. Print-outs of the context strips, assessment planning sheet, intervention planning sheets, pens
Coroner’s court: giving evidence at an inquest Video How to successfully prepare for being a witness when giving evidence at a coroner's court inquest. 40 minutes (video is 26 minutes) The short video is based on a real inquest. It is not an exact representation of the evidence that was given but its purpose is to illustrate what makes for a good witness and how to prepare. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Court work confidence Webinar Improving court skills 60 minutes The webinar presentation lasts 45 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 20 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Court work: balance sheet evidence after Re B-S Learn as a group Increase understanding of what the courts are looking for in social work evidence when recommending a care plan (particularly adoption) 90 minutes This session is based on the guide to the balance-sheet approach and Re B-S compliant evidence. After an introduction to the issues, the group will work through a family case study, comparing what they would put forward as evidence with a lawyer’s suggestions and tips, Big screen/projector, internet connection. Print off one copy of the case study for each member of the group
Court work: using research in evidence Learn as a group To help social workers to develop confidence in using research in court work. 60 minutes This session uses a short section from the myCourtroom: Rosie's family go to court 'serious game' simulation produced by the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent and Cafcass. It uses a role play of a court scene (script is provided), discussion activities and expert tips and is designed for four to 10 practitioners. Big screen/projector. Print off copies of the script and genogram, enough for one each or one between two.
Criminal exploitation and county lines Podcast How young people get involved in gangs and the different signs they are being exploited 35 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You'll hear from the father of a boy who got involved in county lines and the social worker who worked with the family. You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts that can be used for discussion. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker to play offline)
Direct work with older children and young people Learn as a group Identifying suitable direct work tools to use with older children and practising using them 60 minutes: there are two group sessions of 60-75 minutes, approx three weeks apart. Practitioners should find a slot to try out the techniques with a young person in between the sessions. This provides a detailed learning programme and handouts to help groups address the challenges of ascertaining the wishes and feelings of older children and teenagers. It includes free tools and apps, and an exercise based on a trailer to the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out Big screen with audio and internet connection (to watch the video), print-outs of the handouts for each participant, flipchart paper/whiteboard. If social workers can bring laptops, tablets, or smartphones, they will be able to look for their own additional resources in the last part of session 1.
Domestic abuse: talking to a perpetrator Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the father. 30 minutes: includes watching video A (03:58 minutes) and video B (04:14 minutes) and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on a service user. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Domestic abuse: talking to a victim (mother) Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the mother. 30 minutes: includes watching video A (03:03 minutes) and video B (04:41 minutes) and discussion time. Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on a service user. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Emotional resilience - how to develop it Webinar Help individuals and managers learn techniques that will help develop their emotional resilience to improve practice. 70 minutes This webinar gives practical advice on how to build your own emotional resilience and answers questions from frontline social workers and managers about making best use of supervision, achieving work-life balance and tools that can make a difference. The webinar presentation lasts 40 minutes, with a further 20 minutes of questions from practitioners. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Fabricated or induced illness Podcast What FII is and the behaviours it can include. 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Female genital mutilation Podcast How many women and girls in England and Wales have had FGM and why it should be seen as a safeguarding issue, not a cultural issue. 25 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Female genital mutilation: social work practice case scenario Learn as a group How a social worker and police officer act and intervene following a referral about FGM 45 minutes The session uses a case study supplied by the National FGM Centre. It prompts practitioners to think about and discuss how they would approach the case given the facts knows at different stages and what further information they would seek. Big screen/projector, internet connection
Hoarding: working with adults and children who hoard Webinar Help social care practitioners who are struggling to engage with people who hoard. 90 minutes The webinar covers: why people hoard, practical screening and assessment tools, a balanced approach respecting needs, rights, and responsibilities, the 10 steps to working with people who hoard, your legal duties and tips on supporting someone to change their behaviour. The webinar presentation lasts 55 minutes, with a further 30 minutes of questions from practitioners. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Liberty protection safeguards Podcast Which professionals will be required to carry out assessments and the pre-authorisation review under the LPS and the role of approved mental capacity professionals 31 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss as a group) This episode is based on questions subscribers sent about the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) which will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). They were answered by Tim Spencer-Lane, a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity and mental health law. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Motivational interviewing Podcast What motivational interviewing is and how to use the approach in social work practice 30 minutes (this is the length of the first episode; the second is 50 minutes. Allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) There are two episodes on this topic. The first discusses what MI is, the research base behind it and some of the possible drawbacks or issues with the approach. The second includes two scenarios, one showing a non-MI approach, the other showing MI in action. Two learning exercises accompany the second podcast. You can listen to both in one go or at separate times. With both you can play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Neglect, poverty and affluence Podcast How neglect might manifest differently depending on the socioeconomic status and class of a family, how to take this into account and manage relationships with different power balances 26 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts who have specialised in engaging neglectful parents from affluent backgrounds and inequalities. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Neglect: a child's eye view Learn as a group How does neglect look and feel to a child 60 minutes Using her video about neglect (listed separately) as a starting point, Jenny Molloy provides notes to lead a one hour discussion about the impact of neglect on a child and effective interventions Big screen/projector, internet connection spimd
Neglect: evidencing neglect in court Learn as a group How to focus your thinking and practice to prepare for court work where you need to evidence neglect. 30 minutes This 'learn as a group' session can work either as one group or with a larger team that's divided up, but will work best if your team (or each small group) is familiar with one case where you all know there is chronic neglect. The session uses extracts from a webinar on the topic by Joanna Nicolas, a social worker who is now a child protection consultant and trainer. The session is focused around the following: how do you present evidence, how should we be using research and putting it into practice. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound. Individual notebooks will be helpful and, if working in groups, a white board or flipchart and marker pens.
Neglect: how to gather and present your evidence in court Webinar Learn how to gather evidence, as well as how to demonstrate to the court you have reached your decision. 65 minutes (webinar length is 59:12 minutes) The presentation lasts 40 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 19 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, sound, internet connection
Neglect: Jenny Molloy's experience Video Hear from a service user's perspective about living with neglect 10 minutes (length of video is 06:56 minutes) This short compelling film provides first hand experience of what life was like living with neglect. It also provides advice on what social workers should consider in neglect cases. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Parental alienation Podcast What parental alienation is and typical signs it might be taking place 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Parents with learning disabilities Podcast How social workers can build good relationships with parents with learning disabilities and make parenting assessments a more positive, supportive and constructive experience 50 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Poverty, child protection and the care system Podcast Why the number of child protection investigations in England has increased dramatically since 2010 and the effects this has on families and social work practice. 50 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Practice education: oppressive and anti-oppressive approaches Video Understanding oppressive and anti-oppressive practice education. 60 minutes (includes a 6 minute and 5 minute video, and time to discuss the reflective questions) Split into two videos which show two different approaches in a supervision session between a practice educator and a social work student on her first placement- the first an example of oppressive behaviour, the second, more supportive and positive. Both offer suggestions for you to reflect on your own practice and commentary with tips for practice and reflective questions. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound. You can play each video, then ask the reflective questions provided and discuss the responses in small groups.
Radicalisation – addressing policy and practice dilemmas Webinar Understand the social work role in cases of suspected radicalisation and extremism 65 minutes (webinar length is 57 minutes) The webinar presentation lasts 33 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 27 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Self-harm and looked-after children Podcast Why looked-after children and young people are at greater risk of self-harm and mental health problems than those in the general population.
How professionals can work with young people who are self-harming
34 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts who specialise in this area. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Serious case review: Baby P - would you have spotted the signs? Learn as a group Reflect on how you consider risk holistically and approach thresholds for different interventions 45 minutes This discussion takes you through different stages of the case with multiple choice options at each decision point. There are click to reveal boxes for each decision to show child protection trainer Perdeep Gill's comments. Big screen/projector (if you save or load the page ready, an internet connection is not essential).
Serious case review: complex medical needs and domestic abuse Learn as a group Practice hypothesising about complex cases, reflect on how working with children with life-limiting conditions may impact on individuals and contact in domestic abuse cases. 75 minutes A guided discussion based on the chronology of an anonymised version of a learning review. The chronology could be sent round in advance of the group discussion to reduce time needed when you meet. Print-out of the chronology for each SW or pair (or email to everyone in advance), paper and pens, a big screen/projector (if you have or load the page ready, an internet connection is not essential) or print-out of the facilitator notes if you don't have a screen
Serious case review: learning from the murder of Ellie Butler Learn as a group The serious case review into the death of Ellie Butler focused on the court order for a letter to be displayed stating that earlier injuries sustained by Ellie had an innocent explanation and were not caused by her father and how this affected practice. This session prompts social workers to consider other learning from the case. 90 minutes Provides a chronology from the SCR for initial discussion of the key factors that impeded protection of Ellie. Child protection Perdeep Gill then offers an alternative ‘map’ of learning that looks beyond the analysis in the SCR and asks practitioners to consider the two together. Print off a copy of the chronology and learning map for each person or pair. If you have a big screen/projector, you can use the discussion points on the page to facilitate the discussion. Otherwise print or download the notes.
Serious case review: problems with professional judgment in a case of domestic violence Learn as a group How signs of other problems can be missed when there is a focus on domestic abuse, and how to avoid this. 60 minutes A guided discussion based on the serious case review into the death of Blake Fowler in 2011. There is a link in the 'notes about this session' to guidance for facilitators that you can download and print off. Print-out of the chronology for each SW or pair (or email to everyone in advance), paper and pens. If you have a big screen/projector, you can use the discussion points on the page to facilitate the discussion. Otherwise print or download the facilitator notes.
Sibling sexual abuse – case consultation with a family therapist Case study How to respond to cases of sibling sexual abuse, even if the police are ultimately unlikely to pursue the case. How to work with the whole family - victim, perpetrator and parents 60 minutes This case study, written by a family therapist who provides consultation to social workers provides details of a fictionalised case and discussion of what a practitioner could do at different stages. It can be used by a group to discuss and reflect on what they would have done in this situation. Big screen/projector (if you save or load the page ready, an internet connection is not essential)
Sibling sexual abuse – working with families Learn as a group Addresses challenges and perceptions practitioners my have about working with siblings and harmful sexual behaviour, and prompts new ways of thinking about how to support parents 45 minutes Full instructions for facilitating a discussion, which starts with splitting the group in two to discuss two sibling issues - one featuring sexual abuse and the other not, are provided. Print-outs of the two scenarios, two pieces of flipchart paper and pens. You will need sufficient space or separate rooms so the two groups can initially discuss their scenarios without overhearing each other. A print-out of the full instructions or access to the page for the person facilitating.
Social media Podcast The ethical and legal issues of social workers looking at the social media of service users 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. As well as definitions of different social media, there are points from the experts and a case study that can be used for group discussion. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Strengths-based practice Podcast How to use a strengths-based approach in your practice and the kind of questions you can use in conversations 30 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. As well as key points and points for practice from the two experts, there are two interactive exercises. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Supervision Podcast What makes for good supervision, whether it needs to be reflective (and is there a role for non-reflective supervision) and ensuring it makes a positive difference to practice with children and families. 35 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts, a principal social worker and a researcher who has specialised in what makes for effective supervision Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)
Supervision: two approaches to monthly/routine sessions Video How to apply a more reflective (rather than task-focused) approach to supervision. 30 mins (includes a 5 minute and 8 minute video, and time to discuss the commentaries and questions) The videos provide examples of what supervision often looks like (focusing on actions and the manager providing solutions to the social worker's problems) and how a more reflective approach could work when discussing cases as part of routine supervision. The idea is to use these examples to reflect on what is similar or different to approaches you currently use and how you might promote more discussion of emotion or analysis. There is a brief commentary on each video with practice tips and questions. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Supervision: two approaches to supporting an NQSW after a difficult home visit Video The potential impact and effectiveness of different supervision approaches when a supervisee asks for support and advice in a challenging situation. 30 minutes (includes a 6 minute and 7 minute video, and time to discuss the commentaries and questions) The videos provide examples of what supervision often looks like (focusing on actions and the manager providing solutions to the social worker's problems) and how a more reflective approach could work, even when discussing an urgent problem. The idea is to use these examples to reflect on what is similar or different to approaches you currently use and how you might promote more discussion of emotion or analysis. There is a commentary on each video with practice tips and questions. Big screen/projector, internet connection, sound
Transgender people: social work with children and young people Podcast Common misconceptions about trans children and young people and what good social work with them looks like 35 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Key points from the podcast are highlighted on the page and these can also be used for discussion. Audio, internet connection (or download the episode from Spreaker)