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Welcome to the subject page for Social Work. This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus. 

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…


  • Community Care Inform - see Journals and Eresources below for more information.
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  • Books, Ebooks & DVDs

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    New DVDs

    These are located in a cupboard at the beginning of the book sequence.

    Neil Morrissey: Care home kid
    A two part BBC programme first shown in 2011. Neil Morrissey was just 10 years old when he was sent into care. After thirty years of wondering, he has finally decided to confront his past. In this first episode, Neil begins a journey which will see him venture back into his childhood in the hope of learning how this experience has truly affected him as an adult

    Living through the Act
    This DVD reflects the perceptions of people drawn from the voluntary, statutory and forensic services who have been detained and treated under the Mental health act.

    Sectioned; and Mental: a history of the madhouse 
    Sectioned follows the journeys of three people with long term mental health problems who have been detained under the Mental Health Act, as they strive to leave the mental health system behind for good and regain control of their lives.
    Mental: A history of the madhouse questions whether asylums were a vital refuge or a dumping ground for society's unwanted.

    No dumb questions: Uncle Bill is becoming a woman
    The program follows three young sisters as they struggle to understand why and how Uncle Bill is becoming Aunt Barbara.

  • Journals & Eresources

    Key Journals

    British Journal of Social Work 
    This is the key academic journal for your course available online and in print in the Library.  It is available online via Onesearch.  Use the Oxford Journals link in OneSearch to view the current issues - NB this is only available on campus. If this is not convenient email and articles will be emailed to you.

    Community Care
    Professional journal for Social care, keeping you up to date with current issues, news and comment.  Back issues are available in print but from 2009 onwards it is only available online. In 2011 the magazine ceased and continues online as a website only.

    Critical Social Policy
    Via OneSearch.

    Journal of Social Work
    Via Onesearch

    Professional Social Work
    Available only in print in Fusehill Library.

    Family law journals  Two key journals Family Law and Child and Family Law Quarterly are available via Lexis

    Key online resources via UoC

    Community Care Inform
    Aimed at professionals who work with children and with adults, Community Care Inform pulls together policy, guides, research, case law and legislation on a wide range of topics, from adoption to mental health and welfare rights. You will need to use the Shibboleth login on and off campus to get access to the full-text.

    Comprehensive high quality sociology research journal collection, mostly full-text.  

    Collection of journal articles for Nursing and Allied Health, many full-text.  Useful for more health based topics such as drugs or mental health.

    Sage Premier Journals 
    Includes a range of key journal titles for Social Work and Social Policy. Click on 'Browse' by discipline to find out which ones.

    Taylor and Francis 
    Includes about 100 journals relevant to social work eg European Journal of Social Work

    Academic Search Complete 
    Full-text multidisciplinary collection of Journal articles.

    Proquest Social Science Journals
    Full text journals including social work.

    Proquest Public Health Journals
    Full text journals including social services and welfare.


    Law Databases  These 2 legal datbases are very useful for looking up the full text of case reports which your tutors may refer to or you find in textbooks

    Lexis                                                                                                                                                                           A legal database which contains amongst others two key family law journals - Family Law and Child and Family Law Quarterly 

    A large, comprehensive legal online service.  The Case Analysis is particularly useful.

    Freely available resources

    You may need to create your own account to access the following resources or obtain an NHS Athens account if you are eligible.

    Campbell collaboration
    The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. It focuses on education, criminal justice, social policy and social care.

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the . You will need an NHS Athens account (if eligible) to access some material

    Research in practice for adults
    Promoting the use of evidence-informed policy and practice in adult social care. Site contains numerous RiP publications and reports.

    Social Care Online 
    Subject gateway for Social care.  The UK's most complete range of information and research on all aspects of social care.  Includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites.  Full text may not be available for some resources.

  • Websites

    Companion for undergraduate dissertations A survival guide to doing your dissertation from the Higher Education Academy.

    Key SCIE resources for social work students Highlights a selection of resources to support the core curriculum for social work students.


    Professional Organisations and Associations

    British Association of social workers Professional association for social workers in the United Kingdom which  promotes the best possible social work services for all people who may need them, while also securing the well being of social workers. BASW is in the process of forming a trade union.

    Coram (BAAF)

    Information about fostering and adoption.

    International Federation of Social Workers

    TACT is the UK’s largest adoption and fostering charity. See in particular 



    Care quality commission Regulates inspects and reviews all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England.

    General Social Care Council (GSCC) has now ceased and has been replaced by the HCPC.

    Health and care professions Council (HCPC) Registers social care workers and regulates their conduct and training.

    Disclosure and Barring Service  Created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.


    Improving care

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation Carries out research to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

    Social care - Policysection of the Department of Health website.

    Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Seeks to improve care services through sharing research and developing resources, learning materials and services.  Publishes Social care online.


    Service users

    Shaping our lives A national network of service users and disabled people.

    Health Talk and Young Health Talk Peoples stories:  Their experiences of health and illness in their own words.


    Mental health

    See the list of useful links on the Mental health subject pages.


    Legislation - the official home of UK legislation. Some legislation does not contain the latest changes. Use Lexis or Westlaw above if in doubt as they are more up to date than this website.

    See the useful links on the Law subject pages.