In this podcast we continue our discussion about how social work works with other agencies and, in particular, how we best negotiate roles, responsibilities and joint decisions.
In this podcast we consider how austerity policies impact on society, and how we social workers can respond helpfully and hopefully.
Social work is rarely the only agency involved in a child’s, adult’s or family’s life. In this podcast we start to look at how social workers can work well with other agencies. We consider how professional identities interact, and the expertise of social workers as ‘specialist generalists.’
In the second podcast of series 2, we have a reflective conversation about social work training. We look at what helps social workers to learn and develop, and conclude that the word ‘training’ should be banned. We should provide support for practitioners that is as high as our expectations.
In the first podcast of series 2, we discuss the importance of leadership at all levels of social work. We look at what makes a good leader and particularly how leaders can support people through change.
This podcast explains who we are, why we are doing this podcast on Helpful Social Work and what each podcast will cover in series 2.
As our podcast, comes up to a year old, we look back on the last twelve months in social work.
We try and avoid thinking just about what’s different (change), and look for where things have got better (progress). We talk about practice, research, education and social work policy. There are positives, despite the difficult context, but a lot still to do.
This podcast examines the way social work organisations respond to uncertainty and the importance of supporting social workers to remain curious.
We unpick the idea that we can keep doing more with less, and look at how we can work sustainably and helpfully in social work with fewer resources. We consider social workers’ wellbeing and workload, accountability and prioritising, and how we can lobby for good social care.
We consider how social workers can supportively and ethically challenge one another.
We talk about how social workers can ensure that they get helpful, supportive supervision.
This podcast is on the topic of emotional containment and support for social workers. We look at the theory and evidence around how to help social workers to understand, process and learn from the emotional aspect of their work.
In this podcast we discuss how social workers can collaborate and thrive as one profession, despite differences, in the context of reform and scarce resources.
In this podcast we take a look at what makes a helpful social work colleague and how groups can work well together. We offer a model for discussion to help avoid group think and power issues.
We talk about recording and the myth that ‘if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ We look at how recording can empower people and support accountable social work practice.
We take a look at the evidence around how best to manage social work caseloads. We also look at the impact of targets, and the importance of measuring outcomes rather than outputs.
In this podcast we talk about how hotdesking can affect social work practice. We look at how we can ensure there are appropriate spaces for reflection, and appropriate peer and emotional support for social workers.
This podcast looks at the ethics, theory and evidence about social work environments. We look particularly at the atmosphere and spaces that social workers work in, and how we can control and influence the places we work.
In this podcast, we talk about how social workers make critical reflection happen, despite the pressure and busyness of our work.
In this podcast, we explore the theory and evidence around using critical reflection in social work, and offer a model for doing good reflection in practice.
In this podcast, we talk about the importance of stories in social work, how they affect us, and how we can create and tell empowering stories about what social workers do.
This podcast looks at the topic of how we can remain purposeful in the busy practice of social work, the importance of sustainable practice and how to prioritise well.
In this podcast we talk about the role of evidence and ideology in social work policy, and how we can be more transparent about what is based on knowledge and what is based on belief.
In this podcast we explore values and beliefs in social work, the impact they have on our practice and how we can be more aware of them.
In this podcast we talk about World Social Work Day 2016 and what it means to be part of a global profession.
The first part of our first podcast looks at the topic of integrity in social work, and explores what it means to be true to oneself, how we develop resilience and how we use our whole self in our practice.