Category Archives: Case study

Pre-Birth to Three

scot PBto3The rights of the child, relationships, responsive care and respect are the four key principles which form the basis of this interactive online national guidance and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) resource.
It’s target audience is adults working with and for babies and young children;  an equivalent hard copy pack including a DVD, a CD and a poster, was issued to all early years establishments in Scotland. The interactive online version combines all of the materials contained in the pack.
This comprehensive collection comprises over 5 hours of video footage, pdf documents, references and further reading. To guide learners, each of the nine elements of the guidance has Reflection and Action pointers, a case study and further signposts to research to support Continuing Professional Development.

The collection does not have a beginning – middle – end structure; the components are free-standing, making it user-friendly for trainers. However this does mean that an individual e-learner may find the lack of structure an initial hurdle.  Individual e-learners may also find it a bit less interactive than they are used to, and in my opinion the collection would be improved by including some online quizzes or exercises.
Education Scotland have a strong presence on iTunes U, where the separate videos from this collection can be downloaded in mp4 format for offline use. They are available in both high-quality format for trainers/group use, and iPod quality for individual use.

The Open Government Licence allows trainers to download these materials and adapt them for different contexts – a valuable option, as while the policy documents are mostly specific to Scotland, the principles, theory and research apply across the UK.
My favourite feature of the package is that it is designed to be shared with parents and carers (including a tailored pdf leaflet & poster) which will help early years workers wishing to involve parents and carers in developing services collaboratively.
Pre-Birth to Three is © Crown copyright 2012. It may re-used free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence.


Children, families & child protection


Allegations of abuse lead to an unfolding child protection case scenario which prompts us to consider the welfare of three children and their parents’ rights.

This is one of 22 multimedia learning resources published by Scotland’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. The resources are designed for social work students and practitioners, but will also be valuable to others working with children and families. This case study by Mel Cadman & Kathryn Cameron has been designed as a focus for learning about the legal, ethical and practice issues emerging from a child protection case scenario. It consists of five short video clips with transcripts of the dialogue, and it takes about 15 minutes to watch in total.

This is an excellent resource! it is well-structured and there is much to learn from the components of this moving and realistic case study. The authors suggest that learners be asked to interpret and assess the unfolding scenario of complex needs and to consider how to respond. In an ideal world I’d have liked the authors to pose some questions of this nature and provide references to extend the learning. Link:

Creative Commons Licence The whole package of resources appears to be downloadable as an IMS content package.