Social Work Gateway
This page is a resource for teachers, students and practitioners. All the links are to sites that have information on education, research and training which inform social work teaching and/or social work practice. We aim to extend the sources of information. We are interested on your views or suggestions for sites to include. Contact Ann Wilkinson
Generic and Gateway sites Occupational Therapy
Addictions Gerontology and Aging Offenders / Criminal Justice
Children and Families HIV/Aids Psychosocial Palliative Care
Children and Family Law Health Search Engines
Community Care Homelessness Social Work Organisations and Networks
Community Work Human Rights Social Work Practice
Disability Journals Social Work Research
Discussion Lists Learning and Teaching Social Work Teaching - UK
Ethics Learning Technology Social Work Teaching - Non UK
Ethnicity Mental Health UK Government sites
Gender / Sexuality Newspapers Violence
Critical use of the WWW Welfare Rights








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Additional search engine which we recommend: Mirago
There is a good tutorial on Web Search Strategies from Debbie Flanagan
Last updated June 2000 by Ann Wilkinson. All rights reserved.


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Addiction Research Foundation
University of Toronto. Some full text articles and link to ARF library catalogue., Canada

Alcohol Concern
A national agency on alcohol misuse., UK

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. A non-profit organization working to minimize the harm associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs., Canada

Centre for Education & Drug Abuse Research. Information about a computerised drug screeing inventory., USA

National Association for Gambling Care Educational Resources and Training. National centre for information, advice and practical help in relation to the social impact of gambling in the UK - information about services., UK

Institute of Alcohol Studies
An Institute financed by the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance Ltd. Produces on-line factsheets on the problems of alcohol use, press digests and links to other alcohol related web sites world wide., UK

Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence. Mission is 'to advance knowledge, understanding and policy-making about drugs'. Professional links with European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction., UK

Scottish Drugs Training Project
Training and consultancy services in the drugs and alcohol field - good information links., UK

Think about drink
Health Education A uthority - alcohol information aimed at young people. Needs shockwave plug-in. Poor colour contrast of text makes it difficult to read in places., UK

A drugs information site from the Health Education Authority., UK

Children and Families

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies
Working to improve services for vulnerable children, young people and their families. A pioneer in the area of electronic communication for the community sector, Australia

Free access to Child Abuse and Negelct Database if you register., USA

Centre for Europe's Children
'European Documentation & Information Centre on Childhood Policies & Children's Rights. An important new site., UK

Centre for Residential Childcare
The Centre for Residential Child Care, supported by grant funding from the Scottish Office, was established in 1994 as a national resource to provide consultancy, research, training and information on all aspects of group care for children and young people. Look at their library., Scotland

Child and Family Canada
'Child & Family Canada is all about child care, child development, parenting, health, safety, literacy, nutrition, physical activities, play, family life, adolescence, learning activities, social issues and special needs.', Canada

Child Research Net
Child Research Net is a non-profit, interactive research institute dedicated to facilitating worldwide research on children and youth. Special focus on Japan and Asia., Japan

Child Watch International
Includes a database of European child research., Norway

Child Welfare
The site of the Child Welfare Research Institute in Los Angeles., USA

Child Welfare Resource Centre
Includes a chat room. Well ordered links to many other American sites., Canada

Children in the States 1998 data
Information about the condition of children in USA. Statistics by state, links to other child care data., USA

Children's House
Children's House is an interactive resource center - a meeting place for the exchange of information that serves the well being of children., Norway

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Full text of the convention.,

Europe / Canada Exchanges
Goals: To contribute to a transatlantic and international understanding of child welfare including: Child Abuse and neglect Protection of children Overall well being of children and families, Canada

Human Development & Family Life Education Resource Center
Ohio State University. Have a look at their Hitchhikers Guide to the Human Development and Family Life Information Superhighway 1998., USA

National Child Protection Clearing House
Mission "to participate in and support the National Prevention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect which aims to create an environment which helps families and communities care for and protect children. " Four major functions - repository, databases, networking/outreach and advisory. Includes Child and Family Electronic Dictionary., Australia

National Children's Bureau NCB
Voluntary organisation focusing on children's issues. Produce the Childdata CD-Rom, UK

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
"A national resource for professionals seeking information on the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and related child welfare issues.", USA

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect acquires, preserves and disseminates high quality datasets relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect., USA.

National Youth Agency
'The National Youth Agency was established in 1991 to act as a central focus for youth work in England. Its task is to give support to all those involved in the informal, personal and social education of young people - first and foremost local authority youth services and local and national voluntary youth organisations.' Policy, training and support agency for Youth workers. Information resource on youth and publishes Youth Information Database., UK

NCH Action for Children
Aim - to bring an enhanced quality of life to Britain's most vulnerable children, young people and families., UK.

NNCF Library Lobby
A project of the Nebraska Departments of Social Services, Health, and Education, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center on Children, Families, and the Law, and the Nebraska Parent Center., USA.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children., UK

Save the Children
International children's charity, UK

Social Work Archives
University of Liverpool - mainly related to child related voluntary organisations., UK

The Site
Site for young people., UK

The United Nations Children's Fund. See The Convention on the Rights of the Child., USA

Youth Research Centre
University of Melbourne., Australia

Community Care

Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996

Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998

Community Care Information
Public information from Coventry Social Services setting out information on community care. This is one example from the UK., UK

Virtual Community Care
An ESRC funded research project using CMC to develop social support systems., UK


Community Work

Action without Borders
Formerly 'The Contact Centre Network', it aims 'to serve and strengthen individuals and organisations working for a better world, by promoting and facilitating communication, co-ordination and concerted action, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.', UK

apostrophe pages
Services and resources for youth and community workers, UK.

Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector
Access to resources for voluntary and community sector research, UK

Community Information Network for Northern Ireland, UK

Citizens Advice Bureau
Manchester, UK

Communities Online Forum
"UK Communities Online is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to harness the potential of information and communications technology for the benefit of all.", UK

Community Development Foundation
"CDF strengthens communities by ensuring the effective participation of people in the decision making processes which affect their lives.", UK

Community Information Networks
'This site aims to provide a location where information on groups developing Community based Information networks can be found, and to provide a resource to assist in their development.' Papers online, but not usable if browser cannot handle frames., UK

London Advice Services Alliance. Publishers of Computanews., UK

National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
The beginning of information online., UK

National Council for Voluntary Organisations., UK

Partnerships Online
Creating online communities. How to use the Internet to change organisations, build partnerships and benefit communities. Developed by Partnerships Online. Includes a discussion list., UK

Scottish Community Development Centre
The Centre 'works collaboratively with networks across Scotland and Europe to support best practice in community development in a wide range of disciplines including: social work, community education, health, housing, planning and economic development.', Scotland

Self Help Nottingham
An online support and self help development centre., England

The Self-Help Sourcebook Online
'The Self-Help Sourcebook Online is a searchable database that includes information on over 700+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups. ', USA

University of North London is hosting this voluntary sector database., UK

VolNet, Canada
Voluntary Sector Network Support Program - helping voluntary organisations to equip and train to go on-line., Canada


An online ADD/ADHD Support Group (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder )., UK

An information Resource for Professionals Working with Visually Disabled People
The core of this site is information on devices for visually disabled people. There is also information on research and development, publications, sources of research funding, agencies and abbreviations and acronyms., England

British Dyslexia Association
Includes information helpline and information sheets on computers and dyslexia., UK

Contact a Family
Support network for families where a child has a rare condition. Includes the The CaF Directory of Specific Conditions and Rare Disorders. UK

Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Ca

A web site which is identifying disability information. Useful, as it is gathering information country by country on disability., Italy

Disability Discrimination Act
Full text of Act., UK

Disability Net
Information for disabled people., UK

Disability Research Unit
A research unit at Leeds University which does research 'grounded in social models of disablement which recognise that disablement is above all a form of institutional discrimination and social exclusion rather than a product of physical difference between individuals.' Links to Disabled People's International., UK

Discussion list - for those working from the social model of disablement., UK

Disabled Peoples' International
Promoting the human rights of people with disabilities world wide, USA

Norah Fry Research Centre
A research centre of the University of Bristol which conducts research on services for people with learning difficulties. There are descriptions of current projects. No on-line publications., England

The Royal Association for Disability And Rehabilitation is an organisation run by and working for disabled people., UK

Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK

Royal National Institute for Deaf People, UK

RNID - Library
Royal National Institute for the Deaf Library. Comprehensive Internet resource list, UK

Information about cerebral palsy, UK


Discussion Lists

Criminal Justice System Forum
The c-j-s-forum is designed to encourage open discussion of all aspects of the UK Criminal Justice System., UK

CTI Human Services discussion list., UK

Described as "a discussion group devoted to issues of interest to social workers, counselors, and human service workers of all disciplines. The discussion frequently involves computer applications in treatment, agency administration, and research. Students, faculty, community based professionals, and just good 'ole plain folks join in the disucssion. Software, hardware, and ethical issues associated with their use in the human service generate lively and informative discussions.", USA

Listservs from SWAN
A well ordered collection presented clearly with joining instructions., USA

A national service providing discussion lists for research and teaching in higher education. Web pages are available for each list with an archive of previous discussion. Some lists are closed or restricted access., UK

Partnerships Online - Join in
A number of discussion lists related to online communities in the UK., UK



BASW Code of ethics

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility - Links to information on ethics., UK

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Established to promote research and teaching on practical moral problems in the professions. Within the index of codes of ethics under 'service organisations' is the code of the Department of Children and Family Services., USA

Ethics Updates
Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics., USA

Freedom to Care
Promoting Ethics at Work, UK

NASW Code of Ethics
National Association of Social Work, USA



Anti-Racist Social Work Page
Glossary, list of references and links., Canada

Black Information Link
Recently redesigned., UK

CAIN - Conflict Archive on the Internet
'aims to develop a collaborative multi-media database of resources relevant to teaching and research on the Northern Ireland conflict.', UK

Commission for Racial Equality
Information on racism in the UK. Outline of UK law and racial equality., UK

Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations. This site has a database which can be searched online for references., UK

The European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Europe

Gypsies and travellers
Also resource on human rights., UK

meyer's holocaust links
A very comprehensive set of links to a range of material on the holocaust. in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom haShoah) and dedicated to those who experienced the Holocaust firsthand., USA

Race Equality Unit
"REU is a charity developing better social work and social care services for United Kingdom's black and minority ethnic communities." Information on recent publications and research. Senior Black Managers Network., UK



Center for Women and Information Technology
A multifacetted centre which includes access to curricular resources across a range of disciplines, including social work, as well as information on gender and IT., USA

Centre for Educational Technology
Selected Women's Studies Resources on the Internet, USA

Equal Opportunity Commission
'Challenging inequalities between women and men'., UK

Nisso Database (English )
Netherlands Institute for Social Sexological Research. The NISSO Database is a product of the Library, documentation and information department of NISSO, including its NISSO Aids Documentation Centre., NL

A national civil rights group working for legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals., UK

The Commonwealth of Learning Barriers to Participation of Women in Technological Education and the Role of Distance Education .

Women Watch
The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women, United Nations

Women's Human Rights Resources
One element of project Diana the on-line human rights archive. See 'Human Rights' for the gateway site., Canada

Women's Studies
MIT Library resource with links to pages on women's issues., USA

Women's Studies on the Internet
A rich source of material on women's studies, feminism, gender issues etc, USA


Gerontology and Aging

Action on Elder Abuse
"Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) is the UK's only national organisation giving help and information to all concerned about the abuse of older people." God section on What is... with a bibliography of recent publications., England

Administration on Aging
US government site., USA

Age Concern England
Non-profit organisation., UK

Centre for Policy on Ageing. There is a a limited edition of the AgeInfo database hosted by the Universlity of North London and some good links to other resources on ageing., UK

'The AgeNet project is aimed at stimulating multidisciplinary and multisector research partnerships relevant to academia, industry and the National Health Service which will have a significant and beneficial outcome on the health and quality of life of older people through developing a network of researchers.', UK

Alzheimer Page
An educational site. Archive of alzheimer list., USA

Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia
Concise information about dementia. Voluntary organisation., UK

Alzheimer's Dementia Care and Research
Information about dementia. A range of information sheets, fact sheets and advice about living with dementia. UK

Association For Gerontology Education in Social Work
List of discussion lists. Not updated since August 1997., USA

Dementia Services Development Centre
'assists in the development and improvement of services for people with dementia and their carers. The Centre provides advice, contacts, consultancy and information to any person or organisation setting up or improving services.', UK

Elderweb - Aging, Death, and Dying
'This is a collection of resources available on the Web for the aging elderly and their caregivers and advisors.', USA

Eurolink Age
'Eurolink Age is a network of organisations and individuals that promotes good policy and practice on ageing in the interests of the 120 million older people in the European Union.', UK

Gerontological Society of America
Multidisciplinary research association., USA

"GeroWeb is designed as an online resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in aging and older individuals. ", USA

Help the Aged
'Help the Aged provides practical support to help older people live independent lives, particularly those who are frail, isolated or poor.', UK

Institute for the Health of the Elderly
University of Newcastle, UK

Institute of Gerontology
Research, service and education in the field of aging., USA

Internet Resources for Older People
A link to an article which describes some findings from the Internet and Older People Project, funded by The British Library Research and Innovation Centre Digital Library Research Programme published in Ariadne Issue 14 March 1998., UK

National Center on Elder Abuse
Source of USA statistics and factsheets on elder abuse. Charges are made for customised searches of the clearing house database., USA

National Institute on Aging
Research and public education., USA

Netherlands Institute of Gerontology - includes GeronLine(r) the on-line accessible information system on research and development and policy and practice in gerontology and ageing of the Netherlands Institute of Gerontology (NIG)., NL



Cancer Web
A UK web site try linking to 'The Health Care Professional', UK

CancerHelp UK - Information About Cancer
A free information service about cancer for the general public and health care professionals, UK

Children's Cancer Web
A Guide to Internet Resources for Childhood Cancer. A good gateway., UK

ENB - Link
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (ENB). Acces to ENB Healthcare database., UK

A free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. USA

National Electronic Library for Health
This is an embryo project, a prototype of what is planned. No information yet but an opportunity to make an input into its future content? UK

NHS Direct
A relatively new web site with topic based information. Searchable. UK

Patient UK
"Our aim is to help non-medical people find information about health issues primarily from UK sources." This site aims to provide background information and should not be used to replace professional healthcare.

Public Health Laboratory Service
Fact sheets, guidelines and other papers on communicable diseases. UK

PubMed - National Library of Medicine
Access to Medline database. Useful for access to abstracts on health and social work., US

Self Help Source Book On-line
"This guide has been developed to act as your starting point for exploring real-life support groups and networks that are available throughout the world and in your community. The organizations listed in this directory can help you find and/or start a support group in your community.", USA



Homelessness in the UK
Setup by Resource Information service for CRISIS, UK. Useful glossary of terms., UK

House Our Youth 2000
A web site combining campaigning and education on youth homelessness., UK

Inside Housing
Current housing news on-line. This is appears to be an edited version of the magazine., UK

Campaigning and support organisation for homeless people. Publishes Roof magazine. Source of statistics and concise information on homelessness in the UK. Reports and leaflets may be ordered on-line., UK

UK Social Housing Link
This web site is maintained by the Department of Housing, University of Westminster. Aims to promote discussion on issues related to social housing, including the 'use of the internet in housing'. Substantial links to resources related to housing (mainly UK sources)., UK


Human Rights

Amnesty International online
'Working to protect human rights worldwide'.,

Council of Europe Human Rights Web
"Maintained by the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe to facilitate public access to information about the Human Rights Activities of the Council of Europe." Includes a copy of the new European Social Charter., France

On-line human rights archive., USA & Canada

Electronic Immigration Network
'The Electronic Immigration Network aims to link major information providers with advice workers and practitioners dealing with all issues relating to immigration, refugee and nationality law and practice in the United Kingdom. ', UK

A mailbase discussion list, UK

Human Rights Web
A good starting place with a wide resource list. [Last updated 24 January 1997], USA



Ageing & Society
Table of Contents on-line, UK

Bibliographic data and electronic journals for education and research. A user name and password are required for access to much of this site. Free to UK HE details usually available from library or resource centre., UK

British Journal of Criminology
Contents and abstracts on-line and searchable, UK

British Journal of Social Work
Searchable on-line contents and abstracts, UK

A national information service for the higher education community in the UK. Includes an abstracting service for a wide range of journals., UK

Child Welfare Review
"The Internet journal on child welfare". A new experimental electronic publication which is peer reviewed., US

Children & Society
Subscription information only,

Community Care
Weekly publication which offers both news and articles on issues in social care in the UK. Requires a password for access., UK

Computers & Education
Subscription information only, NL

Computers in Human Services
Abstracts online., USA

Disability and Society
Available on-line to subscribers., UK

European Journal of Palliative Care
"This site contains information of revelance to palliative care and is provided FREE OF CHARGE. The European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC) is the official journal of the European Association for Palliative Care. It provides a unique medium for a multidisciplinary discourse between professonals in palliative care across the world.", UK

European Journal of Social Work
A new journal in 1998, UK

International Social Work
Table of contents on-line., UK

Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
Abstracts on-line, UK

Journal of Health & Social Policy
Abstracts available via BUBL, UK

Journal of Social Issues
Issue and article titles and abstracts of current issues are available. Web site may not be avilable redevelopment (April 1999), USA

Journal of Social Policy
Tables of contents available., UK

Journal of Social Service Research
Abstracts available via BUBL, UK

New Community
The Journal of the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Europe

New Technology in the Human Services
The journal of the Centre for Human Service Technology., UK

Organizational Research Methods
Information about journal, UK

Professional Digest
A non-critical listing of research reports and academic papers relating to the practice and management of social work.., UK

Sociological Research Online
'Sociological Research Online publishes high quality applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates.', UK

The Social Work Student - Online Journal
A new venture from students at the University of Central Lancashire., UK

Web Journal of current legal issues
A legal journal on the web. Search facility to search either titles or text, UK


Learning Technology

American Association for Higher Education
Follow the link 'technology' to find the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Affiliate of AAHE, USA

Beginners guide to teaching and learning technology, LTDI., Scotland.

CMC Studies
Computer Mediated Communication, USA

Computer Assisted Assessment Centre
The CAA centre is part of the Implementation and Evaluation of Computer Assisted Assessment project. Some good basic information on computer assisted assessment., UK

Electronic Classrooms
Planning an Electronic Library Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe 1994, USA

International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
A new international forum which 'encourages discussions on the issues affecting the educational system developer (including AI) and education communities.', Germany

Learning Technologies Library
This site is funded by Human Resources Development Canada and has useful information for learners, teachers and developers. Some links do not work but there are enough full texts to provide significant background reading., Canada

Electronic and paper guides on writing skills, study skills, and computer literacy., UK

Mindweave: Communication, Computers and Distance Education (1989)
Text of a book now out of print but still useful material. Chapter 4 raises interesting issues re new modes of learning and the impact on students and teachers., UK

NODE learning technologies network
Helpful information for both teachers and learners., Canada

On-line Dictionaries
Everyone should bookmark this., USA

Researching learner-managed learning: a virtual seminar
This on-line seminar will run from October 1998 and will be linked while discussion is active., UK

Scottish Further Education Unit
SFEU is the national agency dedicated to the development of the Scottish Further Education Sector and its colleges. A virtual learning centre, information gateway and other information services are being developed., Scotland

The CASTLE Project
Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning. A tool for creating web based assessments. Upgraded version September 1998 beta v1.2., UK

Videoconferencing Atlas
Produced by the SAVIE Initiative aTelematics Applications Programme for Education and Training Project., Finland

White Pine Software
Source of widely used conferencing products., USA

World Wide Web Learning Center
Aimed at helping beginners develop their own web sites and learn basic html., USA


Mental Health

Health Resources Online
A guide for mental health and addiction specialists., USA

Institute of Mental Health Law
Research, training and consultancy on UK Mental Health Law., UK

Institute of Psychiatry
Use the Mental Health Library for information on a number of disorders and illnesses., UK

International Society for Mental Health Online
Currently inviting comments on an interesting paper 'Potential Risks and Benefits of Online Psychotherapeutic Interventions'., USA

Mental Health Foundation
UK charity improving the lives of everyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities., UK

Mental Health Metasearch
Centre for Psycotheraputic Studies at University of Sheffield. An index and a search engine available., UK

Mental Health Net
A comprehensive guide to mental health online, USA

A guide to the mental health act., UK

MIND, the National Association for Mental Health in England and Wales, UK

National Center for PTSD
Research and Education on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For education purposes only. Database of Literature on PTSD., USA

National Schizophrenia Fellowship
Campaign information, advice, research findings, leaflets and other publications., UK

Psych Central
Dr. John GROHOL's Mental Health Page, USA

Royal College of Psychiatrists 'Help is at Hand' Leaflet Series
Leaflets on a number of topics., UK

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
A research, development and evaluation centre working to develop effective ways of delivering mental health services. Look for the briefings and fact sheets., England


Occupational Therapy

Association of Occupational Therapists in Computer Technology
The purpose of the Association of Occupational Therapists in Computer Technology is to share and disseminate information on computer technology as applied to occupational therapy., UK

British Association and College of Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy Internet Links Lighthouse


Offenders/Criminal Justice

The Conférence Permanente Européene de la Probation - the CEP - works to promote the social inclusion of offenders through community sanctions and measures such as probation, community service, mediation and conciliation. Full text reports and summaries of events and meetings., Europe

Introduction to 1998 Act and link to full text of Act., UK

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland
Contains full texts of a report on the Probation and Welfare Service and National Childcare Strategy., Ireland

FACTSHEET 7 Children's Hearings
An introduction to the children's panel in Scotland., Scotland

Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
...exists to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience and understanding of criminal justice., UK

Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
Radzinowicz Library with criminal justice links and a notice board highlighting current criminal justice issues., UK

International Centre for Prison Studies
"The International Centre for Prison Studies seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment. ", UK

Justice Link
A guide to criminal justice resources from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS), UK

National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders - an independent voluntary organisation working to prevent crime by developing and implementing effective approaches to tackling crime and dealing constructively with offenders. Not a fully developed site., UK

National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ)
The National Association for Youth Justice was established in Britain in 1994 following the merger between the National Intermediate Treatment Federation (NITFed) and the Association for Youth Justice (A.Y.J). Links to Usenet Newsgroups., UK

New Scotland Yard's Youth Pages
On-line leaflets on such topics as bullying and youth arrests., UK

Passada Software
Information on software for use with clients in probation and other settings., UK

Sex Offenders Act 1997

The Centre for Adolescent Rehabilitation (C-FAR) Ltd
C-FAR is a new organisation which is going to develop a residential training centre for adolescent and young male offenders in the Westcountry., England

The Howard League
An independent charity working for humane and effective reform of the criminal justice and penal system in England and Wales. A wide range of publications but only brief outlines available on-line., UK

HM Prison Service
A relatively new web site which provides a mixture of news and information about the prison service. There is a web page providing basic information about the prison service and each prison, statistics, glossary of terms and links to a selection of other criminal justice organisations.

The Penal Lexicon
Provides information on all matters concerned with prisons and penal affairs, mainly in the UK. Now subscription only., UK

UK Criminal Justice Internet Resources Guide
On line version of the Prisons Handbook Internet Resource Guide - alphabetically organised., UK

United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network
"The goal of the Centre is to act as coordinator and arbiter of this forum for the international exchange and dissemination of information on crime prevention and criminal justice issues.", Austria

Wessex Youth Offending Team
One of the Pilot areas under the new Crime and Disorder Act 1998., Uk

Women in Prison
Information about this trust and its activities., UK

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
A new public body established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998., UK


Psychosocial Palliative Care

American College of Physicians Home Care Guide for Advanced Cancer
'For family, friends, and hospice workers caring for persons with advanced cancer at home, when quality of life is the primary goal.', USA

Cancer Control Journal
An issue devoted to Palliative Care, USA

Edmonton Palliative Care Program
This is an official publication of the Edmonton Palliative Care Program and the Division of Palliative Medicine, University of Alberta. It is necessary to register to use these pages., Canada

Helpful Essential Links to Palliative Care - Copyright Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee and Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund., UK

Helping families cope with death and dying

International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement
A group of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to the development of knowledge, research and practice dealing with death, dying, and bereavement, and with education about death, dying, and bereavement., International

Journal of the American Medical Association
JAMA - search old journals for articles on palliative care, USA

National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Services
'The representative and co-ordinating body for all those working in hospice and specialist palliative care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.', UK

Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care
Follow links to 'previous issues' to find Vol:3 Issue 3 which is a series of papers on palliative care., USA

Sheffield Palliative Care Studies Group
A multidisciplinary group engaging research, education and clinical practice., UK


Social Work Organisations and Networks

Australian Association of Social Workers, Australia

British Association of Social Workers, UK

Canadian Association of Social Workers - host of IFSW 2000 World Conference., Canada

The Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work. This is currently off-line due to be updated early 1999?, UK

CUSSN Computer Use in Social Services Network
This is a source of lists of software and some items may be downloaded. Also information about Computers in Human Services a Haworth Publication., USA

The European Network for Information Technology in the Human Services. Not being updated at present., The Netherlands

The Irish Association of Social Workers, Ireland

Israeli Association of Social Workers. Hosts of next IASSW/IFSW World Congress, Israel

International Federation of Social Workers,

National Association of Social Workers., USA

National Institute for Social Work Home Page, UK

Nederlands Instituut voor Zorg en Welzijn, The Netherlands

National Organisation of Practice Teachers. Statement of mission and contact information., UK

Social Workers Access Network. An attempt to start a network to encourage social workers to use new technology and networking. Recently moved to the School of Social Work, University of South Carolina., USA

Training Organisation for the Personal Social Services. Recently launched website., UK


Social Work Practice

Cityweb Southampton
Includes Social Services, Care and Health., UK

An excellent resource base for practitioners and users, UK

PRAXIS Resources for Social and Economic Development
Designed to meet the informational needs of social work educators and students with international interests, USA

Social Services Strategic Planning
Consultancy and training services., UK

Consultancy, on-line newsletter, social services links., UK

UK Local Government Web Sites
Access to Social Services Departments, Community Care plans, Social Policy statements etc., UK


Social Work Research

BIDS is the best known and most widely used bibliographic service for the academic community in the UK.

BLDS Bibliographic Database
Web searchable version of the library catalogue and journal articles database of the British Library for Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK., UK

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software.Department of Sociology - CAQDAS Networking Project. Demo versions of software to download, bibliography and list of courses., UK

Centre for Applied Social Surveys
CASS is an ESRC Resource Centre run jointly by the SCPR and the University of Southampton, with the University of Surrey. It provides short courses in survey methods and is developing a survey Question Bank for use by social scientists and social researchers in the academic world, government, market research and the independent and voluntary sectors., UK

Centre for Child Care Research
Based at Queen's University Belfast this Centre's major aim is to play a key role in influencing the development of child care policy and practice in Northern Ireland through undertaking and disseminating research relating to the full range of child care needs and services., UK

Centre for Evidence Based Social Services
"This Centre has been jointly funded by The Department of Health and a consortium of Social Services Departments in the South and South West of England with the main aim of ensuring that decisions taken at all levels in social services are informed by trends from good-quality research.", England

Data Archive
'The largest collection of accessible computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom., UK

Economic and Social Research Council, UK

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
Free to UK higher education - needs password., UK

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Web Site
A rich source of information, UK

King's Fund
"An independent health charity whose goal is to support the health and health care of the people of London...Its activities include grant-giving, policy research, service development and audit programmes, and information and education services for people working in and with the health service", UK

Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association
National forum for research in local government, UK

MIMAS (Manchester Information and Associated Services) is a JISC-supported national data centre (formerly MIDAS). Provides access to research and teaching datasets, bibliographic information and also provides support and training. Access to software packages and large scale computing resources. Established for UK HE academic community., UK

Online Main Index. United Kingdom Public Documents Online A source of public documents. This database has been funded by the Elib initiative of HEFCE, UK

ESRC Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre, UK

Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR)
An Institute for Social Survey Research,

Statistics packages, USA / UK

Social Services Research and Development Unit 'SSRADU is committed to enhancing the quality and management of services to users of health and social welfare organisations through research, consultancy, training and information technology applications. Now a Centre of Oxford Brookes University, August 1999., England

Theorising Social Work Research (TSWR)
An ESRC funded seminar series aimed at raising the profile of social work as a research discipline. Active participation is welcomed throughout the series by means of a debate centred on this website. The seminar papers are published here and open for response., UK

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, USA

WHO World Health Organisation
A developing information source with information on WHO activities., USA


Social Work Teaching Depts - UK

Brunel University
Department of Social Work., UK

Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education Social Work Home
Good list of resources, UK

Cardiff University SOCAS
School of Social & Administrative Studies, Wales.

Coventry University
Social Work Group.,

Glasgow Caledonian University
Division of Social Work., Scotland

Leeds Metropolitan University
Social Work Group in the School of Health and Community Care., UK

Liverpool John Moores University, Department of Social Work
Look for Web resources and module courseware, UK

Northern College, Aberdeen
School of Case - Department of Social Work and Department of Community Education, Scotland

Queen's University, Belfast
Department of Social Work, Northern Ireland

The Robert Gordon University
School of Applied Social Studies. Takes quite a long time to load. Scotland

University of Bath
School of Social and Policy Sciences, UK

University of Birmingham
Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Enquiry into Action (ENACT), UK

University of Bristol
School for Policy Studies, UK

University of Central Lancashire
Department of social work. Look for Professional Digest, UK

University of Dundee
A well organised presentation with annotated links page., Scotland

University of Edinburgh
Department of Social Work, Scotland

University of East Anglia
School of Social Work., UK

University of Exeter
A social science page with signposts to women's studies, social work and probation sources as well as other UK departments. Developed as a library resource., UK

University of Lancaster
Department of Applied Social Science., UK

University of North London
UNL - Environmental and Social Studies, UK

University of Oxford
Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research, UK

University of Plymouth
Department of Social Policy and Social Work., UK

University of Portsmouth
School of Social and Historical Studies in the Faculty of Human ities and Social Science. Look also for the Scoial Services Research and Information Unit., UK

University of Salford
Department of Social Work in the Faculty of Health Care and Social Work Studies., UK

University of Strathclyde
Department of Social Work, Scotland

University of Sussex
Centre for Social Policy and Social Work, UK

University of Wales, Bangor
CfACS - Centre for Applied Community Studies within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, Wales

University of York
Department of Social Policy and Social Work., UK


Social Work Teaching Depts - Non UK

The National Danish School of Social Work in Aarhus, Denmark

Colorado State
Links pages., USA

George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Links to social work and social services, USA

Hacettepe University School of Social Work

LaTrobe University
Dept of Social Work and Social Policy of La Trobe University., Australia

Michigan State University

New Mexico State University
Links to other resources world wide., USA

Serviço Social na Rede
Brazilian social work page in Spanish language., Brazil

Social Work Program Rochester Institute of Technology

Trinity College Dublin
Department of Social Studies, Ireland

University of Chicago
Site has been reordered but look for the Complete Social Worker, and class websites., USA

University of South Carolina
Links to the Social Work Access Network, USA


UK Government sites

Acts of Parliament (HMSO)
Access to summaries of Criminal Justice Acts, Sex Offenders Act and Probation Service Act and a number of other relevant pieces of legislation., UK

CCTA Government Information Service.
Search facilities available. Access to documents, papers and other publications, UK

Data Protection Homepage
Search the data protection register, read news releases and read or download the new Data Protection Act 1998., UK

Department of Health
Information about the Department and press releases., UK

Home Office
Searchable web site with some online publications and a range of UK research and statisitcs., UK

Home Office Research & Statistics Directorate

Office for National Statistics
Databank service - economic and social statistics. This site will be merged with the Government Statistical Service in June 2000 and will be renamed National Statistics. The new address will be, UK

Scottish Office
Access to the new Research in Practice Newsletter. Look at the latest publications for a number of social work related reports and documents. An adobe acrobat reader may be needed and some files must be downloaded and saved for reading, UK

Social Exclusion Unit
"Its aim is to: improve understanding of [social exclusion]; promote co-operation between departments; and make recommendations to tackle social exclusion more effectively, in particular to shift the focus of policies towards preventing social exclusion rather than merely dealing with its consequences.", UK

UK Government Women's Unit
Objective of ensuring that the women's agenda is at the heart of government. Very slow to load., UK


Welfare Rights

Benefits Agency
Official information about UK benefits and pensions., UK

Central Adjudication Services
Central Adjudication Services (CAS) is an independent body which supports the Chief Adjudication Officer and the Chief Child Support Officer in carrying out his statutory and other functions. Publishes Neligan's Digest of Social Security Commissioners decisions on-line., UK

Child Support Agency
UK Government agency., UK

DSS - Department of Social Security
'The Department of Social Security (DSS) is responsible for the development, maintenance and delivery of the social security programme and of the Government's policy for child support' in the UK., UK

Ferret Information Systems
Information on benefits, changing policy and links., UK

Independent Review Service
The Independent Review Service was set up to provide a review for dissatisfied applicants to the discretionary Social Fund. Publishes digest of decisions., UK

Legal Action Group
Legal Action Group is a national, independent charity which campaigns for equal access to justice for all members of society. Includes information on community care, crime, civil justice and welfare benefits., UK

Lisson Grove Benefits Program
Information on welfare benefits., UK

Set up by the London Advice Services Alliance (LASA) to evaluate the use of on-line services to provide social security information, advice and support to advice workers., UK

Social Security and Child Support Commissioners
'The specialised part of the Judiciary appointed to determine appeals on law under the Social Security and Child Support Acts.' This site provides access to their recent decisions., UK

The Social Security and Child Support Commissioners
Explanation of the work and powers of the commissioners with recent decisions., UK


Generic and Gateway sites

Try education. Use the 'Find it' button and search for 'social work', 'mental health', 'disability', 'women' and 'violence'. Information changes rapidly., UK

The information network on education in Europe., Europe

Searchable classified directory based at Andrews University, USA

Resource Discovery Network (RDN)
A new initiative to provide a unified gateway to resources on the web for higher education in the UK via a series of subject hubs. UK

Perhaps the best and most comprehensive listing we have found. Follow the link to Subject areas but do not miss journals and libraries., NL

The Social Science Information Gateway. This is an ESRC/JISC funded project to provide a centralised means of access to social science resources available over the Internet. Now part of the UK Resource Discovery Network (RDN), UK

Welfare Information Network
The Welfare Information Network (WIN) is a foundation funded project to help states and communities obtain the information, policy analysis, and technical assistance they need to develop and implement welfare reforms that will reduce dependency and promote the well-being of children and families., USA

World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers
WWWRSW is a database of web sites which may be searched by keywords or browsed by higher level categories. This has been updated from the former listing of web resources published by Dr Gary Holden., US


Children and Family Law

Children Act 1989
Summary of the Children Act., UK

Childrens Act 1989 - Guidance and Regulations
Full text., UK

Crime and Disorder Act 1998
Full text of the Act., UK

Family Law Act 1996
Full text., UK

Working Together to Safeguard Children
New UK Government proposals for Inter-Agency Co-operation a consultation paper. Needs Adobe Acrobat reader., UK



The Guardian
Some archive material - it is necessary to register to use., UK

The Telegraph

The Times



Domestic Violence Data Source (dvds)
This newish web aims to become an information co-ordinating system which provides up to date material about domestic violence in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland., UK

Women's Aid Federation of England
National charity for women and children experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse in their homes. Factsheets, briefing papers, and recommendations for a national strategy., UK


Learning and Teaching

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
A national information system on education in the USA. Mainly focussed on K-12 Education., USA

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database

Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT)
Newly established membership organisation open to all those engaged in teaching and learning support in higher education. Objective to improve the status of teaching as a professional activity., UK

Learning Strategies Database
The project of an American college which has broad relevance to teaching and learning., USA


Critical use of the WWW

Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources
An expanding bibliography on evaluating web resources., US

Evaluating Web Resources
A module offering materials and a bibliography to assist teaching on how to evaluate the informational content of web resources., US

Evaluation of information sources
The World Wide Web Virtual Library criteria for evaluating information resources., US

Internet Detective
Described as an interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources. Developed at the Institute for Learning and Ressearch Technology, University of Bristol. Contains a very large reference section and advice on providing information resources., UK

Web Search Strategies
This tutorial presents an easy-to-follow process on using search engines and subject directories for finding what you need on the World Wide Web.



'The direct route to aids information.' A partnership project of national aids manual (nam), British HIV Association and St Stephen's AIDS Trust., UK

Education to prevent infection with HIV, information for HIV positive people and the latest news and statistics., UK

HIV/AIDS Policy Compendium Database
The Compendium is a database of policy statements taken from national policies and international resolutions. The statements are organized in a database that can be searched by keyword and by country. It contains over 2,600 annotated citations from policy papers from over 40 countries., USA

Terence Higgins Trust
HIV and AIDS charity. Good on-line publications and library information., UK>


  Search Engines

A search engine which allows the user to type a phrase or question rather than keywords. Tends to find American sites before European? UK version

Worth a try but most sites found were in the USA. USA

One of the more popular search engines. It has been recommended by a number of users. The results of searches are provided with the hierarchy of linked categories. UK

Other search engines
A selection of search engines selected by University of Southampton. UK