Online learning materials

Web-based learning resources on a range of topics to support the social services workforce. 

Hospital to home

Supporting the transition from hospital to home for older people across Scotland

Redesigning the pathway from hospital to home for older people across Scotland.

Imagining the future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.