Research in Social Work – January 2020 links (Open or Free Access papers)

When I started writing at the beginning of the year, I thought I’d compile a summary of links each month about news and research, but it became a bit too much to compile, and this is, fundamentally a hobby for me.

So, I’ve decided instead to highlight each month some open access papers that I’ve found useful, interesting or have bookmarked for later, that others might want to read because we all want accessible research information and the more we read, the more we understand what is worth reading. So here are a few for February – they aren’t always new, but they will be new to me!

This paper in Social Work Education (May 2019) looks at how critical reflection is taught in social work courses specifically in relation to working with older people.

This issue (2018) of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities is open access (most aren’t) so is worth browsing and includes (among other interesting ones) this article which is a study on what is it link to move house for people with learning disabilities.

This is a free access review of literature about trauma-informed care in inpatient mental health services (2013) from the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing which is a useful way to get a broader view of the topic at the moment.

On a slightly different tack, Critical Social Policy have an open access article from January 2019 on ‘Raising Critical Consciousness in the struggle against poverty’. Nice of them to make it free! Seriously though, we need to speak about poverty and the impact it has on our work at every level.

And Practice – Social Work in Action, has this article about decision-making of AMHPs which is a useful read from 2019.

Although this is not ‘my’ area of social work, this paper in Qualitative Social Work from December 2019 with birth mothers’ accounts of the impact of the removal of their children on their future lives has impact for all of us in the sector.

This 2017 paper on the role of trustworthiness in social work from Australian Social Work is definitely something I found helpful in my consideration of how we carry out ethical social work.

Author: Vicky

Social worker based in London

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