The emotional impact of 'contact': Ethan's experience and suggestions for professionals
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by Community Care
1M ago
Ethan’s in his early 30s now. He was in foster care from the age of five and then in children’s homes from the age of 11. In this conversation we speak about staying in touch with and seeing family members while in care.  You'll hear the word ‘contact’ quite a bit - the word that was very much in use when Ethan was young. We hope this makes sense when you listen, while we know practitioners today increasingly recognise the importance of using language that suits the individual child, whether that’s 'family time' or something else.  Ethan speaks about his experiences of different ty ..read more
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Learn on the go: Jenny Molloy on the adult legacy of her childhood trauma
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by Community Care
4M ago
Welcome to Learn On The Go, the podcast from Community Care Inform where we discuss research, theories and practice issues and look at what they mean for social care practitioners. In this episode we talk to Jenny Molloy, motivational speaker, trainer, care leaver and bestselling author of three books with a fourth about to be published. Her first book, Hackney Child, written under the pen name Hope Daniels, describes Jenny’s childhood and how at the age of nine she walked into Stoke Newington police station with her two younger brothers and asked that they be taken into care. Both thei ..read more
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Mothers' experiences of domestic abuse and social work
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by Community Care
5M ago
In this episode, Helen, a facilitator of The Freedom Programme which supports victms and survivors of domestic abuse, and two other mothers with lived experience spoke to Jenny Molloy, bestselling author, motivational speaker and care leaver about their experiences with children's services and what support is most helpful for people in abusive relationships. The conversation was recorded on location at Trevi, the charity that supports women and children. As well as community support for women and children, Trevi runs Jasmine's Recovery Centre, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation cen ..read more
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Mothers' experiences of addiction and social work
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by Community Care
5M ago
In this episode, Helen, Vicky and Hannah, spoke to Jenny Molloy, bestselling author, motivational speaker and care leaver about their experiences of children's services as mothers using, and in recovery from, drugs and alcohol. They share what did and didn't help them, and what they would like social workers to understans. The conversation was recorded on location at Jasmine Mother's Recovery Centre, part of Trevi, the charity that supports women and children. Find out more about the centre and Trevi's work here: https://trevi.org.uk/services/jasmine-mothers-recovery/ Some of the women touc ..read more
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Incompetent or child-snatchers: media coverage of social work
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by Community Care
5M ago
In this episode, two expert guests discuss media coverage, blame and shame of social workers. The guests are Dr Liz Frost, associate professor of social work at the University of the West of England, and Dr Maria Leedham, senior lecturer in applied linguistics at the Open University. They discuss Maria’s research into mentions of social workers in UK newspapers and TV dramas, why media coverage almost entirely focuses on child protection, and whether there are signs that this negative bias might be changing. The questions were asked by Ruth Hardy-Mullings, head of content at Community Care ..read more
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Social work and FGM: anti-oppressive practice in action
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by Community Care
5M ago
In this episode, we discuss the social work role in working with girls and women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) and safeguarding children at risk. Our two guests bring their perspectives from both practice and research to try and help increase practitioners’ knowledge and confidence. You’ll hear about ways to keep anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice, personal reflection and supervision central to your work – both to avoid stigmatising and causing further harm to affectees, and to build trust and relationships with individuals and communities to reduce risk. The guests are ..read more
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Care Quality Commission assessments
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by Community Care
5M ago
Welcome to Learn on the go, a Community Care Inform podcast where we discuss the latest research, practice models and policy guidance and what they mean to your practice. This episode looks at the Care Quality Commission's new duty, under the Health and Care Act 2022, to assess how local authorities are meeting their Care Act duties. The assessment framework has nine quality statements mapped across four overall themes: working with people; providing support; how the local authority ensures safety within the system; and leadership. Discussing this CQC role in more depth are Mary Cridge, dire ..read more
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Campaign podcast with Luke Rodgers
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by Community Care
5M ago
Welcome to this podcast from Community Care for our campaign Choose Social Work. The purpose of the campaign is to champion the profession, encourage the next generation of social workers, and counteract negative media coverage. As part of this, we’re talking to those with lived experience of care about the impact that good social work can have. Our guest is Luke Rodgers, founder and now director of strategy for The Care Leaders, a social enterprise that works with children’s services providing training and consultancy to enhance the lives of children in care, care leavers and those with a so ..read more
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What would have improved my care and leaving care experience - with Dan, age 18
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by Community Care
5M ago
In this episode, we spoke to Dan about his experience of the care system and transition to adulthood. He gives his perspective on what being 'ambitious' for children in care should look like, reflections on use of language and practical support for young people going into adulthood. He also shares his thoughts to how professionals view supported accommodation and 'independence' and changes that he feels could make a big difference. Dan spoke too about his positive experiences of social work and what made those important for him. You will also hear his powerful take on the impact of social wor ..read more
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Learn on the go: personality disorder
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by Community Care
5M ago
Welcome to Learn on the go, a Community Care Inform podcast where we discuss research, theories and practice issues, and look at what they mean for social care practitioners. This episode is about personality disorder, in itself a controversial term because many people find it stigmatising. Guests are Keir Harding and Hollie Berrigan from Beam Consultancy which provides training, consultancy and intervention for those living with complex mental health issues. They discuss why personality disorder is such a messy diagnosis. how and why practitioners need to think in a different way when worki ..read more
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