Multimedia learning materials

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


Case study


This case study is designed to show how reablement can improve the quality of life for someone who has become dependent on services and has lost independence.

Crisis intervention

A framework for professional practice

Young man looking worried

The aim of this learning object is to promote understanding of the key aspects of the crisis intervention model and explore its application to practice.

The Assessment Triangle

exploring a key concept within child welfare

Girl looking into camera

The Assessment Triangle is a key concept within child welfare and is a term that has been used since the late 1990s. In Scotland, it has been adopted within the development of an Integrated Assessment Framework, to which we also refer in this learning resource. There are a number of aspects of child assessment, in any domain - the home, the playground, the classroom, the GP surgery, or residential care, and others - where you will be thinking about assessment models and practice.

Communication and practice learning

Exploring the themes of verbal, non-verbal and written communication

Man looking stressed

This learning resource aims to introduce Practice Learning Qualification (PLQ) candidates to key concepts and theories relating to communication within the contexts of education, health and social services. It uses the specific context of practice learning within social work education to introduce and explore the themes of verbal, non-verbal and written communication, and communication across diverse situations.

Reflective practice

Principles and processes

Practitioner looking a bit reflective

The aim of this learning object is to introduce learners to some of the principles and processes involved in becoming a reflective practitioner.


practical guidance on how to get referencing right

Student reading and taking notes

The ability to relate one's own work to existing knowledge is an essential skill for practitioners and students alike. This interactive learning resource provides practical guidance on how to get referencing right.

Key Capabilities in Child Care Protection website

finger painting

Following the successful completion of the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (2006) developed by the University of Dundee Centre for Child Care and Protection and SIESWE. The Child Care and Protection Training and Development Project aimed to track and enhance the process of embedding key capabilities across social work qualifying programmes by identifying and sharing innovative practice, and this project was concluded in 2008.

The throughcare map

Stages involved in the provision of a throughcare service to prisoners

HMP prison guard watching prisoner interview

This resource guides users through the various stages involved in the provision of a throughcare service to prisoners, from the point of sentence through to release and supervision within the community.

Iriss on Flickr

Our online image collection

Flickr logo

Iriss maintains an exciting collection of images on Flickr, the popular photo management and sharing website.

Many of the images there are drawn from or designed to accompany our social work case studies and learning resources, and most can be used freely under a Creative Commons licence.