3a Compassion as the Core: Building Anti-Racist Communities

Welcome to ARM-OUR, the podcast from the Anti-Racist Movement (ARM).  In this episode, we continue to delve into our core values, with today’s focus being ‘Compassion as the Core’.  We explore how empathy and understanding are essential in the fight against racism and discuss how compassion shows up across the life span.  A key focus is on self-compassion, both inside and outside of social work.  Step into our world, and we’ll meet you there and lets embark on this journey of compassion and action together.

2a Rest and Connection: The Heartbeat of Social Work

In this episode, we delve into the heart of social work, focusing on the vital role of connection. We explore how taking the time to rest and rejuvenate can actually strengthen the bonds we build with those we work for and with.  We share practical strategies, powerful stories from the field, and discuss the intersection of rest, connection, and social justice.  Join us as we reflect on how rest not only nurtures us as individuals but also empowers us to forge stronger, more meaningful connections in our work. Let’s discover together how embracing rest can be a radical act of resistance and a cornerstone of effective social work.

1 Meet the Team – Courageous Connections: Nurturing Compassion in Our Community

In this inaugural episode of ARM-OUR, you’ll have the chance to meet the six powerful women who form the nucleus of our community.  Each of us bring a unique perspective, passion, and wealth of experience to our collective resistance. Focussing on one of the 4Cs that make up our values (Courage, Compassion, Connection and Community), we discuss our personal and professional journeys, reflecting on the role of self-awareness, intentionality, and supportive individuals in shaping our paths.

10a Recognition and respect

In this final episode about sustaining yourself as a social worker, we explore the need for recognition and respect for social work. This enables good working conditions and supports social workers to offer trusted expertise to children, adults and families.

9a Sustainable self-care

We continue our series on sustainable social work by looking at how social workers can practise authentic self-care. We discuss how self-care is really a shared endeavour with peers, and the importance of seeing it as activism for good social work. We are excited to be joined by Shantel Thomas and Sylvia Smith, who will be taking over as hosts in April.

8a Organisational support

We continue our series on sustainable social work by looking at how organisations provide relational support to enable social workers to thrive. We discuss how everyone can work together with a shared purpose. And we consider the importance of building a sense of belonging and equity within the organisation.

7a Managerial support

We continue our series on sustainable social work by discussing how good managerial support can help social workers to thrive. We look at how to build relationships of trust, including through the use of intersectionality.

6a Supervision for wellbeing

We continue our series on sustainable social work by discussing the vital topic of supervision. We talk about why it matters, and how to secure sound professional supervision to enable you to practice well and to thrive.

5a Profession-wide support

We continue our series on sustainable social work by discussing the importance of wider support from the social work profession. We talk about how being part of a national and global community of social workers inspires us, encourages us and makes us think about what we stand for.

4a Peer support

We continue our series on sustainable social work by discussing the importance of peer support. We look at how this helps social workers to manage stress, develop practice and be inspired.

3a Professional development

We continue our series on sustainable social work by exploring how professional development helps us to thrive as social workers. We talk about how learning can bring joy and growth, and how to get the most out of continual professional development.

2b Helpful Social Work auf Deutsch

Heute ist der Podcast auf Deutsch. Ich spreche über die Soziale Arbeit in Großbritannien. Ich erkläre, wie sie funktioniert, und rede über die Schwierigkeiten und das Potenzial für die Zukunft. Ich hoffe, dass deutschsprachige Zuhörer diesen Podcast interessant finden.

2a Empowering ourselves

The second podcast in our series on sustainable social work explores how we can empower ourselves as social workers. We look at the importance of taking control and influencing our working environment, and how we can ally with others in our profession to call for the support we need to be able to practise well.

1a Sustainable social work

In our first podcast of Series 8, we give an overview of how we look after ourselves, keep going and thrive in this vital work. We explore evidence of the pressures on social workers and consider a framework to help us maintain ourselves in this tricky context.

Series 8 Introduction

Series 8 runs from 2023 to 2024. In this series we explore how we can keep doing social work in tricky contexts. In each podcast, we look at a difference aspect of the evidence about what helps social workers to thrive.

1b What does helpful social work mean to you?

In this podcast we talk to Paul Bridgewater about the experience of being a social worker in a range of communities, including on small islands. Paul talks about how a social worker can get to know a context and people, and build a relationship that offers a way to help someone make sense of their experiences and uphold their rights.

6a Doing nothing

We continue our exploration of the use of self in social work. In this final episode, we talk about the situations and moments when we need to be still and do nothing. We consider the importance of stillness, silence and waiting. And how we can create space for people when they need this.

5a Neurodiversity

We continue our exploration of the use of self in social work. In this episode we talk about neurodiversity in social work, and the importance of acknowledging and learning about diverse ways of experiencing the world. And, particularly, the importance of hearing the growing voice of the neurodivergent community, including in social work.

4a Taste and smell

We continue our exploration of the use of self in social work by looking at the entwined senses of taste and smell. Though often overlooked in practice, these strongly influence our perceptions and our emotions. In this podcast, we explore how social workers can notice and respond to taste and smell, and all that they evoke.

3a Touch

We continue our exploration of the use of self in social work. In this podcast, we look at how touch impacts on social work practice. We discuss the meaning of touch and consider the importance of being aware of the space we inhabit.

2b What does helpful social work mean to you?

In this podcast, we talk with Monalesia Earle about what helpful social work means to her. Monalesia highlights the relational partnership that enables people to tell and to change the arc of their stories. And the importance of giving up power in order to empower people whose voices are unheard.

2a Observation

We continue our exploration of the use of self in social work. In this podcast, we consider observation. We discuss the purpose, ethics and practice of noticing what is around us, and how we impact on what we observe.

1a Listening and speaking

Throughout Series 7 we are exploring some of the central elements of social work practice and use of self. In this opening podcast, we explore listening and speaking. We consider the expertise that lies behind sensitive and thoughtful communication.

10b Review of the year

Our traditional end of series podcast is the review of the year. This review comes slightly later than usual so covers April 2021 to August 2022. We discuss some of the main events and themes, and consider the implications for social work.

10a Gender identity

In this last episode of the series, we look at the Equality Act protected characteristic of gender reassignment, and consider how social workers promote equality and challenge discrimination relating to gender identity.

9a Pregnancy and parenthood

In this podcast, we consider how social workers promote equality and challenge discrimination relating to pregnancy and parenthood. We look at why the Equality Act has a protected characteristic of pregnancy and maternity, and consider how social workers empower people during pregnancy and as new parents.

7a Equality – Sexual orientation

In this podcast, we consider how social workers promote equality and challenge discrimination relating to sexual orientation. We consider the importance of sexual identity, and look at how we can actively support people to be able to access and live out their rights.

6a Equality – Sex

In this podcast, we consider how social workers can challenge discrimination on the grounds of sex. We consider the impact of sex on experiences and how this intersects with other aspects of identity. We explore the importance for everyone of calling out sexism and upholding rights.

5a Equality – Religion and belief

In this podcast, we consider how social workers engage with religion and belief. We discuss how our personal and professional values interact and how we engage with other people’s beliefs. We also look at how social workers can help to overcome discrimination in this area.

4b Working from home

In this podcast we talk about the impact for social workers of working from home. We consider the benefits and drawbacks around connection, accessibility and time, and we look at what the future might hold.

2a Equality – Age

In this podcast, we explore the evidence of inequality relating to age and how age is considered in social work practice. We consider how social workers can change the narrative around age and challenge ageism.

10b Review of the year

The last podcast of our series is always the review of the year. We look back on twelve months dominated by the Covid 19 pandemic and consider the impact this has had on social workers and our practice. We look at what has been helpful and hopeful, and how we can build on this for the year ahead.

10a Professional leadership

Our next podcast looking at the ingredients of a social worker explores the Professional leadership domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We consider how social workers can act as leaders and role models wherever they are situated, and the importance of collaborative leadership. We also consider how social workers challenge and shape social work for the future.

8a Professionalism

Our next podcast looking at the ingredients of a social worker explores the Professionalism domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We explore how social workers align personal and professional integrity, and how we maintain our motivation and commitment to social work.

7b Politics

This Helpful Social Work podcast explores the impact of politics on social work and how social workers act as political agents. We discuss how individual and collective actions can influence the political system that we work and live in.

7a Skills and interventions

Our next podcast looking at the ingredients of a social worker explores the Skills and Interventions domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We consider the ethics, evidence and theory that underpin social work approaches. And we look at how we offer interventions which uphold people’s dignity.

6a Critical reflection and analysis

Our next podcast looking at the ingredients of a social worker explores the Critical Reflection and Analyais domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We discuss how social workers apply reasoned discernment and maintain professional curiosity. We consider the importance of moving beyond individual reflection to critical analysis of the social context we work in.

5b Self-care

This Helpful Social Work podcast considers how we can best look after and sustain ourselves as we continue to face Covid-19. We look at individual actions we can take, and the importance of peer and organisational support.

5a Knowledge

Our next podcast looking at the ingredients of a social worker explores the knowledge domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We look at the purpose of knowledge and the range of knowledge that underpins social work. We consider the need to be critical of where knowledge comes from and how it is used.

4b Black Lives Matter

In this podcast, we are joined by guests Fareena Shaheed and Ann Shaheed to discuss the essential topic of Black Lives Matter. We have a difficult conversation about anti-racism in social work, why we are so slow to change and what we can do to be anti-racist.

4a Rights, justice and economic wellbeing

We continue our look at the ingredients of a social worker by exploring the rights, justice and economic wellbeing domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We consider the links between social and economic disadvantage, and loss of rights. And we discuss how social workers can enable people to exercise their rights.

3a Equality and diversity

We continue our look at the ingredients of a social worker by exploring the equality and diversity domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We look at principles and practice, and consider our own power. We explore how social workers can individually and collectively challenge inequality and oppression.