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Protecting information e-learning

All council staff across children's and adults social care are asked to update their knowledge around protecting information, using e-learning. To access this, you will need to be set up and given an individual user ID and password. New users can request to be set up by emailing then using the link below to enter the course. You can download the user guide under the link to help you.
Protecting informaton e-learning


Social work in children’s specialist teams

Welcome to working as a Southwark Children’s Social Worker.Southwark offers a mix of learning activities, as well as additional training and resources. Look out for training offered within your teams, by our own experienced social workers, as well as for the courses on this site.

Social Work Matters

The redesign of our practice system within Children's Services is called "Social Work Matters". For internal staff only, information on all the relevant information can be seen on the Council's intranet.

We are developing a comprehensive series of learning opportunities to give you the tools to do the job well and improve the lives of children and families in Southwark.

Systemic practice two day course

This two day session will introduce you to the theory and practice of systemic social work. It is for people who have not had any systemic theory or can be useful as refresher. This is not for students.

Choose your session and book:

Foundation level certificate in applied systemic theory and practice

For permanent advanced practitioners and clinical practitioners only.

This introductory course is designed to meet the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) requirements for the training of family therapists and systemic practitioners, and is informed by their guidelines.  It is a foundation level course, one academic year in duration and offers a pathway for progression to the four year qualifying course.
The Application Form and Provider form below should be completed in full, supported by your Practice Group Lead and recommended by your head of service.

There will be two cohorts, the next one starting in April 2015. Applications are now open for Advanced practitioners and clinical leads only, for the April cohort. Please use the application form below, and please submit it during January.
1. Southwark Council application form  140820_Sponsorship_for_the_Foundation_in_systemic_practice.doc
2. Provider application form
3. Dates of sessions
4. Sponsorship guidelines
 5. Information sheet about the course

Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change: for all staff

Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change three day course



Making Research Count (MRC)

 Southwark subscribes to MRC. In each session, the speaker will discuss recent research on a topic and its implications for social work and social care practice. You can view seminars and workshops locally at and book them on mylearningsource. If a course you are interested is not on our website, then contact us and we can add it to the list of training dates.


Research in Practice (RiP)

Southwark subscribes to RiP. The website has tools, publications and information as well as training and events taking place across the country. There are also a number of e-learning programmes and activities to support you in your profession. They can all be be booked on the RiP website.

The British Library Welfare Portal
You can register for free and access the latest research and literature around social care. Email alerts and newsletters can be sent to you.


British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)

Southwark are members of BAAF, and we can support applications for courses relevant to roles, through the OD team.


Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are an independent charity working with adults, families and children's social care and social work services across the UK. It works to improve the lives of those using care services by sharing information and experience about what works.  They develop useful resources in collaboration with experts – this includes service users and their carers.  Take a look at their free eLearning courses