Social and community work

Disability support
Crime and Criminal Justice - provides links to the individual UK probation trusts who recruit individually.

Prospects - a professional insight into the careers in this industry

TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies.

The Scottish Prison Service - government agency responsible for the secure custody of around 8,000 prisoners.

HM Prison Service - responsible for managing prison and probation services, and supporting effective offender management in England and Wales.

The Probation Institute - the independent professional body for probation.

Work with Offenders - a news, information and job site for the offender supervision and offender rehabilitation community.

National Association of (Official) Prison Visitors - promotes and helps to maintain the work of Official Prison Visitors and provides information on how to become an Official Prison Visitor.

National Crime Agency - national law enforcement agency leading the UK's fight to cut serious and organised crime.

Personal and Careers Guidance

Career Development Institute (CDI) - provides comprehensive information about training and working in careers guidance

Prospects - a professional insight into the careers in this industry

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Scotland's national skills body.  

National Careers Service - provides learning, training and work related information, advice and guidance across England.

Inspiring Futures - careers guidance and skills training organisation.

Citizens Advice Bureau - nationwide charity offering impartial information and advice on isues such as benefits, work, debt and money, consumer, family, housing, law and courts, immigration and health.

Association for Coaching - independent, not-for-profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching worldwide.

European Mentoring and Coaching Council - professional membership organisation which encourages excellence and progression for mentors and coaches.

Counselling and Mental Health

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - includes information about training and careers in counselling

Counselling and Pyschotherapy Scotland - includes a directory of COSCA validated training courses.

Essential skills for a Career in Counselling – Prospects article considering key counselling skills.

NHS Health Scotland Mental Health and Wellbeing – sets out the key messages and actions to address the issues of mental health inequalities in Scotland.

Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 – the Scottish Government’s 10 year vision addressing to mental health.

NHS Scotland Careers - Mental Health Nurse - Mental Health Nurse Job Profile

Health Careers Psychological Professions - Health Careers is part of Health Education England and provides information on the range of health roles available including psychological professions.

Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT) – IAPT services provide evidence based treatments for people with anxiety and depression in England.

NHS Lothian Community Mental Health Services – Community Mental Health Service exist in every NHS Scotland authority.  This page provides information on the services running in Lothian area.

A Review of Mental Health Services in Scotland 2016 –review based on real life experiences of people using mental health services, families and carers, practitioners, commissioners and stakeholders.

Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) – core funded by The Scottish Government and hosted by Penumbra, SRN promotes and supports health recovery in Scotland.  Includes a number of useful resources and news articles.

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland – an independent statutory body which has a duty to safeguard the interests of people who are mentally unwell through illness.

Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) – Scottish mental health charity with relevant information and news including a listing of self-referral organisations in Scotland.

Mental Health Foundation – UK charity working in mental health.

NHS Living Life – a telephone counselling service based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.  The service is available to anyone over the age of 16 suffering low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. 

Samaritans – offers confidential, emotional support on the telephone, face to face, or online, to anyone who is feeling distress or despair.

Support in Mind Scotland – operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness including family members, carers and supporters.

NHS Inform – Scotland’s national health information service.  Includes a service directory of mental health and wellbeing services in Scotland.

Association of Mental Health Providers – leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisation in England and Wales.

BPS - Related roles and careers - provides information on the variety of related roles and career opportunities available, some of which do not require a psychology degree, while others are intended to supplement your main career.

Community Work and Social Care including Social Research

National Youth Agency (NYA) - information about youth work training and qualifications.

Children & Young People Now - news, job vacancies and career profiles.

Action for Children - children's charity providing services and campaigning for children, young people and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Main areas of work are family support, children in care, disabled children, and vulnerable or excluded young people.

The Children's Society - a charity that works with the country's most vulnerable children and young people in England.

Charity Choice - a directory of over 160,000 charities across the UK including children and youth charities.

The Challenge - a non-profit organisation supporting young people in England and Northern Ireland to develop life skills.

Children in Scotland - Scotland's national agency working with children, young people and their families throughout Scotland.

Prospects - a professional insight into the careers in this industry

TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies.

Social Care Network - Guardian articles related to social care sector.

Community Care - news,events, jobs and good practice for social work and social care professions.

Social Care - UK Government based blog featuring news, views and information updates for anyone working in the care and support sector.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) - regularot for the social service workforce in Scotland.

Skills for Care - provides workforce intelligence into the social care sector and its workforce.

Social Researcher Job Profile – Prospect job profile including information on responsibilities, salary, entry requirements, and career prospects.

The Social Research Association – professional membership body led by social researchers for social researchers. 

Government Social Research Profession – supports the development, implementation, review and evaluation of government policy.

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) – UK based membership body largely run by volunteers working in the public sector which promotes continuous improvements in the quality and impact of local research and intelligence.

NatCen – independent social research agency.

Economic and Social Research Council – UK’s main organisation for funding research and training in economic and social sciences based in Swindon.

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Scotland – conducts and publishes research into the economic, social and political sciences, and in science and technology.

The Association for Qualitative Research – represents and furthers the interests of the qualitative research industry in the UK and beyond.

Market Research Society – UK professional body for research, insight and analytics.  Includes a ‘Career in Research’ guide.