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Group learning activities directory

Group of mixed-age students studying at a long table with bookcase in the background, and papers on the desk Photo: nd3000/Adobestock
Group of mixed-age students studying at a long table with bookcase in the background, and papers on the desk
Photo: nd3000/Adobestock

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. By default, the list is organised alphabetically by title; try using keywords in the search box if you can’t immediately see the topic area you are looking for. You can also sort the list by format (eg webinar, podcast, case study) 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. Please note that to access these exercises you will need an internet connection in every instance.

Name of exercise Format Learning objective Minimum 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 minutes 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 minutes 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 minutes: 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
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
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
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 hour The webinar presentation lasts for 35 minutes and then there are 25 minutes 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
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 hour The webinar presentation lasts for 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions. Audio, big screen, facilitator
Female victim of domestic abuse: practice scenario Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the mother. 30 minutes: includes a three-minute video, a four-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
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 minutes 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
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 minutes The video is 40 minutes 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
How to give evidence at a coroner's court 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
Improving relationships between GPs and social workers Learning exercises How to develop constructive relationships between social workers and GPs. 4 hours (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 gives an overview of 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 minutes 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
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 minutes 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
Oppressive and anti-oppressive practice education Video Understanding oppressive and anti-oppressive practice education. 1 hour: 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
Safeguarding adults reviews and self-neglect Podcast How social workers can best work with adults who self-neglect, and where practice sometimes falls short; why safeguarding adults reviews can be important in informing practice. 30 minutes 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
Safeguarding under the Care Act Webinar How to put aspects of the Care Act's safeguarding measures into practice. 1 hour 30 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for almost an hour. 30 minutes of questions follow. 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
Social media Podcast The ethical and legal issues of social workers looking at the social media of service users. 30 minutes 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
Social work with transgender people Podcast Common misconceptions about trans people and what good social work with them looks like. 35 minutes 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, 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 minutes 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
Suspected male perpetrator of domestic abuse: practice scenario Video Observe two different versions of the same scenario and what impact each approach has on the father. 30 minutes: includes two four-minute videos 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
Working with adults who hoard Webinar An understanding of why people hoard and how to engage and work with them to help them change their behaviour. 1 hour 35 minutes The webinar presentation lasts for 55 minutes. You can stop the webinar at any time to discuss and reflect on the points raised. After the presentation there are 30 minutes 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