It is challenging to keep a ‘links’ page up-to-date so please do let me know if you find errors or ‘dead’ links. As well as this page of website links which might be useful, I have a set of resources which are available to my Social Work students and their link workers. Get in touch with me if you would like that url.

Useful websites for social work practice educators in Scotland and beyond

The Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching (ScOPT)– ScOPT has a great website with news and views in relation to social work practice learning and this will be of interest to Practice Teachers and others working with students on social work placements.

ScOPTbox is an exciting resource, developed by ScOPT in 2015, with funding from Learning Network West. It contains resources to support social work practice learning, and also provides individual spaces to be used by practice educators in supporting their students. Anyone working in social work education and practice learning in Scotland can use ScOPTbox to set up sites to support learning, communication and collaboration.

Reflective Journal Demonstration Blog is a demonstration of how blogging can be used by a social work student as a reflective journal. It is an open blog because it is fully anonymised. It is quite old now but the principles and basic operations remain the same.

More general websites for social workers in Scotland

Institute for Research & Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – The movers and shakers in innovation in social services in Scotland.

Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) is a gateway to a wealth of information and learning materials to support practitioners in day to day work and in learning. There are good links to other sites but also good, mostly free, access to electronic journals. There is an excellent range of free, online training on this site too.

Practical Ethics: ethics in the news – This blog offers interesting comment on topical ethical issues.

Changing Lives – This site has been set up as an archive for all products and information from the Scottish Government’s ‘Changing Lives’ change programme for social work services in Scotland, based on the 21st century review of social work.

Cassiobury’s Court’s ‘A-Z guide to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome’, written by Paul Clarke, is a new (May2016) resource. It covers how alcohol damages an unborn baby, diagnosing FAS, treating FAS and it also discusses current advice on the level of ‘safe’ alcohol consumption for pregnant women.

Fetal Alcohol Harm is a free CPD course on foetal alcohol harm which is available through Education Scotland. It provides comprehensive and up-to-date information for professionals on the prevention, identification and management of fetal alcohol harm. It will be of interest to health professionals, social care professionals, foster carers, educationalists and others working with anyone who may have been affected by maternal alcohol use in pregnancy.


Personal sites:

I share my bookmarks on Diigo here – These are a mix of personal and work-related. This is always a work-in-progress.

Using the name ‘Bernadette54’, I occasionally share my photos on Flikr.