Social work is a human rights profession. The Universal Declaration says that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ In this podcast we consider what it means to promote full and equal humanity in our work.
In this podcast we continue to look at the social work journey and discuss how safeguarding fits into social work practice. We focus on the philosophy behind safeguarding – what are we trying to achieve and why – and consider how we can do this well.
In this additional podcast, we highlight recent UK research about social workers’ working conditions. The social work context needs to change – we discuss what social workers need in order to help others, and how we can act to improve things.
In this podcast we discuss how social care differs from other markets and what this means for social work. We explore issues around accessing and delivering quality, sustainable and ethical support for people.
This podcast continues our discussion of social work involvement with the tricky topic of funding. In a context of finite resources and cuts, we discuss how social workers make ethical judgements and advocate for individual and citizen rights.
In this podcast we discuss how social work helps people to build the good life. We look at what this means and why it matters. We consider how the UN global development goals help us to build a good life globally as part of a world-wide profession.
This podcast explores how good planning in social work can provide a belief in a different future and a map to get there. We look at the practicalities and potential of planning to improve lives.
In this podcast, we focus on decision making. We look at some important issues around how people make decisions and how the context affects us.
We continue our exploration of the social work journey, by discussing how we analyse and draw conclusions in assessment. We draw on a recent ruling on the use of evidence to consider social workers’ expertise in making judgements.
In this podcast, we discuss the importance of language in social work. We consider how social workers communicate, the meaning of language, and how it can give or take away power.
As part of our exploration of the social work journey, we discuss the ethics and practice of assessment. We consider how to gather information openly and purposefully in order to understand someone’s story.
Continuing our exploration of what we can learn from different disciplines, we discuss how counselling skills enhance social work. We look at how we use our humanity to relate to others and how we provide containment so people can explore dilemmas.
In this podcast, we continue the social work journey by considering how to build a relationship. We look at relationship-based social work, and at the theories and evidence that underpin this. We draw on Relationship-Based Social Work, Second Edition (Edited by Gillian Ruch, Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, 2018).
In this episode, our first ‘b’ podcast for series 3, we start our exploration of what we can learn from different disciplines. We consider what we can learn from biology and psychology: how we can slow down; be reflexive; and understand why we and others are behaving as we are.
Topics covered in Series 3 include, how social workers work with people and how we can learn and draw from other disciplines.
Welcome to the first podcast for Series 3. In our ‘a’ podcasts this series we are looking at the social work journey, starting here with first contact. We discuss how we can overcome barriers to make our first encounter with someone helpful and hopeful.