8b History

In this podcast, we continue to look at other disciplines and consider what social workers can learn from historians. We discuss approaches, skills and tools that can help social work. We also introduce a new Listener’s Request section where we discuss a question from you.

7b Human rights

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.

7a Safeguarding

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.

6c Working conditions

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.

6b Markets

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.

6a Funding

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.

5b The good life

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.

5a Planning

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.

3a Assessment

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.

2b Counselling

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.

2a Building a relationship

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).

1b Biology and psychology

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.

1a First contact

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.

10a Ecological approach

This podcast summarises our approach to series 1 and 2. We started with the importance of integrity and then took an ecological approach to consider ourselves, our relationships and our context. We discuss the importance of biology, behaviour and the environment in social work; and we look at how our approaches to attachment, emotional regulation and competence affect us.

7b Social control

In this podcast we start to look at the conflicts at the heart of the social work role. How do we respond to influences – our own and society’s – that push us into controlling rather than helping? How do we use our power well?

4b Social work regulation

In this podcast we think our way through the complex area of social work regulation – what is it for, who is it for, and how can it be helpful? We consider how the relationship between the social work profession, the regulator and government can work well, so that social work can develop and flourish for the benefit of people who need it.

2a Interagency social work

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.’

1b Social work training

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.

10b Change and progress

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.

9b Doing less with less

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.