Social work

  • This page lists key resources for Social Work. Please also make sure that you have looked at the general Health and Social Work pages to make sure you have not missed any relevant information. You may also find useful information on the Education and Psychology pages.


    Campbell Collaboration: systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions, such as education, crime and justice, and social welfare. An American database freely available on and off campus.
    CASonline provided by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. To connect you will need a password.
    CINAHL covers allied health and nursing.
    PsycINFO covers psychology, psychiatry, child development, psychological aspects of illness and treatment.
    Social Care Online social and community care, includes Department of Health circulars.
    Social Services Abstracts abstracts from journal articles on social work, welfare and policy.
    Sociological Abstracts sociology and political theory.
    Web Of Science includes Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index.
    ZETOC British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in many key subject areas.

    Web sites

    Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.
    Age UK The new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged.
    Alzheimer's Society includes information and guidance for researchers and professionals.
    British Association of Social Workers is the largest professional association for social work in the UK.
    British Society of Gerontology is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and other individuals interested in the situations of older people.
    Care Quality Commission checks whether care services meet government standards.
    The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) is a regulatory body for Health, Psychological and Social Work professions.
    Gov.UK includes useful contacts, information on local councils and public consultations.
    Family Rights Group is a charity in England and Wales that advises families whose children are involved with or need children’s services because of welfare needs or concerns.
    Joseph Rowntree Foundation includes access to reports, press releases, topical issues in the areas of housing, social care and social policy, and links to other useful sites.
    Mencap has a section for professionals on supporting those with a learning disability.
    Office for National Statistics has publications and data on a wide range of subjects, including health and social care.
    Ofsted has information about children and families services.
    Research in Practice supporting evidence-informed practice with children and families.
    Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides a wealth of resources for social workers.
    Social Work Practice with Older People
    Youth Justice Board is an executive non-departmental public body. It provides guidance for youth justice practitioners.

    Useful Call numbers

    You will find books and other material of interest and relevance to your social work course in many different locations throughout the Library e.g. social work, sociology, health care. However, the material is predominantly found in the 300s.

    305.8 Race and ethnicity
    344.0327 Child law
    346.015 Family law
    361 Social work
    361.32 Counselling
    361.4 Group work 
    361.60941 British social welfare policy
    361.62 Social Policy
    361.65 Welfare state
    361.7 Voluntary organisations
    361.941 British welfare state
    362.1 Health services
    362.10425 Community care
    362.2 Mental illness
    362.3 Mental disability
    362.4 Physical disability
    362.5 Poverty and homelessness
    362.6 Services for the elderly
    362.7 Children
    362.82 Families - welfare services
    364 Criminology


    There are a range of journals relevant to social work available either in print or electronic format. The Journal titles search on the Library homepage gives details of e-journals we have access to, as well as all the printed journals held in the Library.

    Some of the key social work journals that we stock are:

    British journal of social work
    Journal of social work practice
    Social work education


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