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Welcome to the subject page for Working with Children and Families.

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…

  • Books & Ebooks

    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 Books

    Evans, R. (2017) Abuse and violence towards young children: Perspectives on research and policy. London: Routledge.

    Keenan, T., Evans, S. and Crowley, K. (2016) An introduction to child development. Los Angeles: Sage.

    Padmore, J. (2016) The mental health needs of children and young people: guiding you to key issues and practice in CAMHS. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

    Price, C.A., Bush, K.R. and Price, S.J. (2017) Families and change: Coping with stressful events and transitions. Los Angeles: Sage.

  • Journals & Eresources

    For help with searching for relevant ebooks and journal articles, have a look at the online tutorial Eresources for health. 

    Key Eresources

    Community care inform
    Aimed at professionals who work with children, Community Care Inform pulls together guides, research, case law and legislation on a wide range of topics, from adoption to mental health and Welfare rights. 

    You will need to Sign in (top right) to get access to the full-text.  Use the Shibboleth option, find the University of Cumbria on the list and then log in as normal.  If you have any problems logging on it maybe because you are using Internet Explorer as your browser.  Try using Firefox or Chrome instead.

    SocINDEX with Full Text
    Comprehensive high quality sociology research database with access to over 2 million records.  Most results will be full-text but not all.

    Sage Premier Journals
    includes a range of key journal titles for WCF

    Proquest Social Science Journals

    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals. Covers a wide range of health issues.  Not all the results will be available as full-text

    Education source
    The world’s largest and most complete collection of full text educational journals, covering all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education.

    Academic Search Complete 
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals, which makes it useful for wider searching for dissertations.

    Cochrane Library 
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventions. An intervention can range from a non smoking campaign to counselling or medication. Your results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review. 


    For a full list of journal titles subscribed to by the University of Cumbria check the Journals A to Z list.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) Advancing the study of child & adolescent mental health.

    British Youth Council Independent charity run for and by young people representing their views to central and local government, political parties, pressure groups and the media.

    Children's Society Leading children's charity which provides child protection with a network of children's charities across the UK, specialises in kids charity and childhood guidance.

    DrugWise is the UK's leading independent centre of expertise on drugs and the national membership organisation for the drug field.

    infed Exploring informal education, lifelong learning, social pedagogy and social action.

    National Children's Bureau NCB is the leading national charity which supports children, young people and families and those who work with them.

    National Youth Agency NYA works in partnership with public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support and improve services for young people.

    Social Care online A portal to the UK's most extensive collection of social work and social care information.

    UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood disease.  A broad range of paediatric issues are covered.

    Youth Justice Board Practitioner guidance for all those working for or with youth justice services.