Spotlight on.. Social Work Toolkit

Social Work Toolkit really is a fantastic resource for students on the Social Work and Youth and Community degree programmes.

5 key modules

The Toolkit includes resources specifically for students, coving 5 key modules:

  • Communication Skills;
  • Ethics, Values and Diversity;
  • Professionalism in Practice (supporting you in placement);
  • Assessment and Intervention; and
  • Lifecourse Perspectives.

Each module is then subdivided into key topics – for example, the Ethics, Values and Diversity module divides into 4 topics: Your professional role and values; Ethics and Values; empowerment and partnership; and diversity and equality.

Choose one of these topics to find guides, expert opinions, activities with scenarios, case studies, video and audio.  Listen to interviews with service users, other students, practitioners and academics covering the topics you will be studying on your degree or in practice. Many of these resources are accompanied by questions to check your understanding, or reflective questions to improve your knowledge.

Ethics and Values resources – video, audio, PDF

Law and Policy

Students have reported that the Law and Policy section is very useful. This brings together laws and policies relevant to Social Work practice, organised by key practice placement areas, and overarching legislation that is likely to apply to placement settings. 

Legislation for key practice placement areas

Wide range of resources

The Toolkit also includes links to the Professional Standards for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, plus links to the main Government departments which impact on Social Work.

Finally, there is a library of 90 videos which can be filtered by one of the five modules, and link back to activities and reflective practice. 

The feedback we have had from students has been really positive so we would like all our students on Social Work and Youth and Community Development to take a look at see what you think. As usual, get in touch with [email protected], Library Chat or our feedback form to ask any questions or make suggestions.

Working from Home: a Library Assistant’s Point of View

 By Asif Rashid Library Assistant Bradford College Library , Sept 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us are working differently to the way we usually would. At Bradford college Library , both of our library sites (Hockney Library and Trinity Green) have closed since March 2020 and we are providing online library services from home to the students and staff. Working from home is both a challenge and an opportunity.

At first it took us a few days to get comfortable into a new environment as it was a totally different scenario to previously working face to face with people and now working virtually.

Keeping in touch

Our library team has a video call every Wednesday via Microsoft Teams so that we can see each other. The library manager gives general updates from the Library management side and every member of the team shares what they are working on. This is really helpful because it enables us to communicate effectively and work together despite being apart. Working from home can also feel isolating so it’s nice to have this weekly catch up. The most interesting thing was a weekly Quiz mainly presented by David and Ashley. These quizzes were really interesting and increased our general knowledge.

Video conferencing graphic

Learning new techniques

Another good thing was a regular allocation of  work from Librarians to us. We learnt new techniques for researching and finding information by using the online catalogue and different websites such as Coutts Oasis etc. Another good thing I liked was that our Library manager mentioned that she would try to provide everyone in the team to learn and work equally on various online courses such as the Equality and Diversity course. The college training day in July was really useful and helped us in our professional development.

Interesting online courses

College as a whole organisation was really helpful in encouraging and providing of personal and professional development opportunities. Free courses on college skills academy not only provided the training and basic knowledge about personal and professional development but also these courses are beneficial in future while working at college or in daily life. For instance, a course on how to work with difficult people was quite interesting and I would recommend it to everyone in  our team. The main points I learnt when you are a manager or executive  or any member of team dealing with a difficult person you should listen the point of view of other person without bringing your personal ego into the matter. Also among three methods such as assertiveness, passiveness and aggressiveness described in this course, only assertiveness works good in most of the situations.

Staying positive

Encouragement from Christopher Thornton, Lakshmi Banner and Emma Luby was very helpful. They kept our morale high and we survived through this time and at the end I must say we are a good time and everyone in the team is so nice and helpful.