Multimedia learning materials

Multimedia learning resources on a range of topics to support the social services workforce. 

Imagining the future

What's next for Scotland's social services? An animated exploration.

Outer space scene with text - yesterday is another world
This animation explores the technical, medical and cultural forces that will shape the future of care. Alex Chisholm is a man in his in his 70s with multiple conditions, poor diet and high alcohol consumption. We use episodes in his life to explore what care might look like in ten or fifteen years. We suggest that by 2025 there may be greater opportunities to offer older people richer, less isolated lives in which they are able to exercise more choice and control.

Getting it right

Assessments for BME carers and service users

Chinese man in right room
Learning resource that provides the necessary skills and knowledge to critically examine how the needs of minority ethnic carers and service users are being met.

Fostering resilience

Promotion of resilience in vulnerable children

Mother and child
Learning resource which introduces a structured approach to the assessment and promotion of resilience in vulnerable children.

Understanding Resilience

Resilience and the value of protective factors in planning to support vulnerable children

Woman and child in protective embrace

The objective of this learning object is to understand the concept of 'resilience' and the value of 'protective factors' in planning to support vulnerable children. This resource contains information on risk, research evidence, protective factors and the ecological model as well as resilient children and protective environments.

Understanding Attachment Theory

The basic principles of attachment theory

Father lovingly holding young daughter

The objective of this learning object is to enable students to understand the basic principles of attachment theory and its importance for practice. This resource defines attachment, examines the components of attachment theory, patterns of attachment behaviour as well as attachment, abuse and neglect.

Task Centred Casework

task-centred model of social work intervention

Older woman in glasses lost in thought

This multimedia learning object provides an introduction to the "task-centred" model of social work intervention. This model was based on the work of Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalysts. Psychoanalytic social work emphasised relationship-focused intervention with the professional adopting the role of the 'expert'.

Human rights and the UK Human Rights Act

Charting the origins of human rights

Woman holding over-sized printed version of the Human Rights Act

An audio and video based introduction to human rights. It charts the origins of human rights back to the United States Declaration of Independence and the French Revolution, setting the UK Human Rights Act 1998 in historical context. It also helps the learner distinguish between human rights and civil liberties.

Tackling volatile substance abuse in Scotland

A training programme for the social care workforce

Paint cans

This training programme for the social care workforce carries detailed information about solvent and volatile substance abuse, together with a range of materials that you can download and refer to again and again. This resource also contains audio interviews, videos, factsheets and in-depth training materials that you'll be able to take away and use in the training of others.

Community care and older people

Case study

Older person wringing hands

This case has been designed to familiarise students with the framework, key principles and statutes surrounding social work intervention with vulnerable adults. It consists of a three stage scenario describing the difficulties in the lives of an older couple, and their family, as they become increasingly dependent on community, residential and hospital-based services to protect them from danger and to promote their welfare.

Children, families and child protection

Case study

Mother with vulnerable child

This case has been designed as a focus for learning about the legal, ethical and practice issues emerging from a child protection case scenario. As the case moves from allegations of abuse to planning for permanent care, learners can be asked to interpret and assess an unfolding scenario of complex need and to consider a variety of responses designed both to promote the welfare of the three children and ensure parents' rights are actively considered.