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Multimedia and group learning activities directory

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On this page, you will find a list of resources and activities on Community Care Inform Adults that can be used with a group of practitioners. For each activity, it includes key information about the learning objectives, the minimum duration (allow extra time for discussion), equipment/materials and any preparation needed.

Click on the name of the exercise for the resource and full details. The list is organised alphabetically by the main theme covered; try using keywords in the search box if you can’t immediately see the topic area you are looking for (for example, ‘domestic abuse’) or search, for example, ‘video’ to see all videos. You can also sort the list by the estimated time it will take (duration) or format (eg webinar; structured activity from our ‘Learn as a group’ series) by clicking the up or down arrows in the relevant column.

Note: Videos, podcasts and webinars can be watched and listened to independently by individual practitioners. This page only indicates equipment or facilities you would need to use these for group learning. Most can be adapted for a group discussion via Microsoft Teams, Zoom or similar if you are working remotely – see the suggestions in our learn as a group activity to aid analysis and decision making for examples, plus our guide to creating online reflective spaces when working from home. Please note that to access these exercises you will need an internet connection in every instance.

Name of exercise Format Learning objective Estimated duration Notes What you need
A practical analysis of a mental capacity assessment Case study How to apply the principle of taking all practicable steps to help a person make a decision in a particular case; and what to consider when assessing whether a person is able to understand, retain or weigh information and communicate their decision. 50 mins This case study, written by a local authority mental capacity and DoLS lead, applies a step-by-step approach to a mental capacity assessment. At times the author hypothetically explores what actions may have been required if the circumstances were different. There is an analysis of how the case was handled by a MCA/DoLS trainer and the case study can be used by a group to discuss and reflect on what they would have done in this situation. Big screen, facilitator
Adult attachment and dementia Podcast Why older age and dementia can trigger attachment systems. 40 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Key points for practice are highlighted on the page and these can also be used for discussion. There are also links to relevant research. Audio, facilitator
Alcohol misuse: practice scenario Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and the impact each approach has on the parent. 30 mins: includes a two-minute video, a three-minute video and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on a service user. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Analysis and decision making Learn as a group Improve analysis and decision-making skills by reflecting on facts and opinion, how risks and strengths are identified and understood, avoiding confirmation bias. The session suggests a model for testing hypotheses and considering plausible options for a family. 1 hr 30 mins Provides a slide show and facilitator notes for leading a group discussion. The session is designed for between three and 10 practitioners. It links to the popular guide to analysis and decision making. You need to nominate one social worker in advance of the session to think of a family they are working with where they would like the help and support of others and be prepared to discuss them in the session. They will need to give a five-minute description of the family and share a genogram. Whiteboard or flipchart/paper and pens. Print off the facilitator notes. If you have a big screen available, you can click through the slides to introduce the activities and give the group some key points. However, you can also run the session just from the notes.
Anti-racist social work Podcast What anti-racist practice in social work is and how practitioners and leaders can take action in their own contexts. 38 mins (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) Key points from the podcast about applying the theory to your own work are provided on the page for discussion after listening. Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
Assessment training exercise for best interests assessors Learning exercises How to carry out a best interests assessment using the balance-sheet approach. 1 hour 30 minutes There are three exercises and groups (or individuals) should spend 20-30 minutes on each. Big screen, facilitator
Attachment-based practice with adults Webinar How to use attachment theory to work with adults. 1 hour 35 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for almost an hour. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 35 minutes of questions on the recording for further learning. You can also have your own discussion based on the key points you have picked out from the webinar. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Burnout Podcast Why social workers in child protection and those working with adults with learning disabilities are experiencing burnout. 30 minutes This podcast looks at the latest research findings in this area and what it means for your practice. You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts that can be used for discussion. Audio, facilitator
Care Act advocacy - understanding your duties and the advocate's role Webinar Understanding the triggers for Care Act advocacy and the distinctions between this and independent mental capacity advocacy. 1 hour 15 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for almost an hour. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 15 minutes of questions on the recording for further learning. You can also have your own discussion among the team based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Care plans and advocacy rights under the Care Act Webinar An understanding of local authorities' advocacy duties and the distinction between a review and a revision of a person's care and support plan. 1 hour 50 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for 1 hour 20 minutes. Then there are 30 minutes of questions. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Coroner's court: giving evidence at an inquest Video Ways to prepare and how being prepared makes you a better witness. 25 minutes The video is based on a real inquest but is not a true representation of the evidence that was given. The video is in two parts, the first shows an unprepared social worker giving his evidence and the second shows a prepared social worker. Throughout the video, pop-up annotations provide tips on presenting evidence. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Difficult conversations under the Care Act Webinar How to act in a legally defensible manner, particularly when dealing with issues arising from resource constraints within local authorities. 1 hour 30 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for 1 hour 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes of questions. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. As well as further learning from questions, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you have picked out from the webinar. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Domestic abuse and Covid-19 Podcast Supporting children and adults at risk of domestic abuse during the pandemic. 16 mins (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) This episode was recorded duing the first lockdown in 2020 but you can consider how the general guidance on safety planning apply. Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
Domestic abuse: talking to a perpetrator Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the father. 30 mins: includes watching video A (03:58 mins) and video B (04:14 mins) and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on an individual. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, sound
Domestic abuse: talking to a victim (mother) Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the mother. 30 mins: includes watching video A (03:03 mins) and video B (04:41 mins) and discussion time Providing two versions of the same scenario gives practitioners a chance to consider the differences in approach and the impact these conversations can have on an individual. This tool includes a comparison summary and questions to consider for practice. Big screen/projector, sound
Eligibility criteria under the Care Act Webinar The practice implications of the eligibility threshold for care and support and what the regulations and guidance under the act require of social workers in implementing it. 1 hr The webinar presentation lasts for 35 mins and then there are 25 mins of questions. There were too many questions for the expert to answer and so she brought them together into a document afterwards. The link to the document is on the page. These questions cover the practice dilemmas that social workers might face when implementing the act, including interpreting the new eligibility criteria, assessment, resource allocation and carers' eligibility for support. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Fear and social work Podcast Dealing with common sources of fear in practice, during the pandemic and more generally. 24 mins (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) Key points from the podcast about being getting the right support for scary situations are provided on the page. These can be used as a starting point for discussing as a team how you support each other. Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
Emotional resilience and how to develop it Webinar Techniques to help practitioners survive difficult situations but allow experiences to enhance their personal resources and continue to improve their practice. 1 hr The webinar presentation lasts 40 mins, followed by 20 mins of questions. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities Podcast The particular reasons behind the forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities, the warning signs that social workers should look out for, and the social work role in safeguarding adults with learning disabilities from forced marriage. 20 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section in the podcast transcript has a time stamp, so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Key learning points from the podcast are highlighted at the top of the page and these can be used for discussion. Audio, facilitator
Hoarding: working with adults Webinar An understanding of why people hoard and how to engage and work with them to help them change their behaviour. 1 hr 35 mins The webinar presentation lasts 55 mins. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 30 mins of questions for further learning. You can also have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Audio, big screen, facilitator
How family group conferences can safeguard adults Video What a family group conference is, how it can be used in adult safeguarding, what happens in each stage of an FGC and who does what and when. 40 mins The video is 40 mins and after that practitioners can discuss the questions for reflection drawn up by our expert that are on the web page. The questions are split into the three stages of a family group conference. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Improving relationships between GPs and social workers Learning exercises How to develop constructive relationships between social workers and GPs. 4 hrs (or two sessions of 2 hours) Four group activities designed to be used in a multi-disciplinary training session. There is an overview document that provides some background information on the training materials and how they should be used. Big screen, facilitator
Liberty Protection Safeguards Podcast Which professionals will be required to carry out assessments and the pre-authorisation review under the Liberty Protection Safeguards, the requirements of care homes and care home managers, and the role of approved mental capacity professionals. 35 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section in the podcast transcript has a time stamp, so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Key learning points from the podcast are highlighted at the top of the page and these can be used for discussion. Audio, facilitator
Loneliness and isolation Podcast Supporting individuals experiencing loneliness or isolation, whatever stage of life they're at. 25 mins (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) Summary points are included on the page which can aid a discussion after listening to the podcast about making the best use of supervision time and different ideas to try within the team. Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
More confident court work Webinar Improving court skills 1 hour The webinar presentation lasts 45 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 20 minutes of questions on the recording, which you can listen to for further learning. Alternatively, you can have your own discussion based on the key points you picked out from the webinar. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Motivational interviewing Podcast What motivational interviewing is and how to use the approach in social work practice. 1 hour 20 minutes: includes a 30 minute podcast and a 50 minute podcast There are two podcasts in this episode. The first discusses what MI is, the research base behind it and some of the possible drawbacks or issues with the approach. The second includes two scenarios, one showing a non-MI approach, the other showing MI in action. Two learning exercises accompany the second podcast. You can listen to both podcasts in one go or at separate times. With both you can play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Audio, facilitator
Parents with learning disabilities Podcast How social workers can build good relationships with parents with learning disabilities and make parenting assessments a more positive, supportive and constructive experience. 50 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. There are key points from the experts. Audio, facilitator
Practice education: oppressive and anti-oppressive practice education Video Understanding oppressive and anti-oppressive practice education. 1 hr: includes a six-minute video, a five-minute video and time to discuss the reflective questions Split into two videos which show two different approaches in a supervision session between a practice educator and a social work student on her first placement - the first an example of oppressive behaviour, the second, more supportive and positive. Both offer suggestions for you to reflect on your own practice and commentary with tips for practice and reflective questions. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Remote supervision Podcast How to make remote supervision effective, and ways to talk about emotion. 21 mins (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) Summary points are included on the page which can aid a discussion after listening to the podcast about dealing with loneliness and isolation as the pandemic continues. Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
Safeguarding under the Care Act Webinar How to put aspects of the Care Act's safeguarding measures into practice. 1 hr 30 mins The webinar presentation lasts for almost 1 hr and then there are 30 mins of question. Our expert ran out of time to answer all the questions so there is also a Q&A written session on the web page answering these. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Secondary trauma and social work Webinar The risk factors and signs of secondary trauma, and how to mitigate against it in your self and your team. 1 hr 5 mins The webinar presentation is 57 mins followed by the speaker responding to questions from the attendees. You can pause the webinar recording at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. Big screen/projector, sound, internet connection
Self-care and Covid-19 Podcast Ways to practice self-care during the pandemic and support colleagues. 20 minutes (this is the length of the episode; allow longer if you want to listen to the whole episode and discuss the issues as a group) Key points and ideas are included on the page and can be used as a starting point for discussion after listening to the podcast - are you still practising self-care ideas discussed when the pandemic was new, how can individuals and the team carry on looking after themselves? Audio or download the episode from Spreaker
Social media Podcast The ethical and legal issues of social workers looking at the social media of those they support. 30 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. As well as definitions of different social media, there are points from the experts and a case study that can be used for group discussion. Audio, facilitator
Strengths-based practice Podcast How to use a strengths-based approach in your practice and the kind of questions you can use in conversations. 30 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. As well as key points and points for practice from the two experts, there are two interactive exercises. Audio, facilitator
Transgender people and social work Podcast Common misconceptions about trans people and what good social work with them looks like. 35 mins You can listen to the whole podcast in one go or play specific sections, with discussion afterwards. Each section has a time stamp so you can easily navigate to that point on the podcast. Key points from the podcast are highlighted on the page and these can also be used for discussion. Audio, faciliator