Friends in high places
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
5d ago
This episode explores social work and government policy in Wales. That’s not unusual for Let’s Talk Social Work, but what is a little different is that we will be considering these issues with the focus placed on an individual and the role they have played in shaping both. Since 2018 the Welsh Government has been led by Mark Drakeford. A former social worker and social policy academic, Mr Drakeford held the posts of Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Minister for Health and Social Services before becoming First Minister. In December he announced he will stand down as leader of the Welsh Labour ..read more
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Responding to sibling sexual behaviour and abuse
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
2w ago
This episode of the podcast features discussion of issues that may cause distress, including sexual harm and abuse by siblings, and listener discretion is advised.    In this episode, Andy is joined by social worker Anna Glinski, Deputy Director for Knowledge & Practice Development at the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse. They discuss the challenging issue of sibling sexual behaviour and explore how social workers should respond to instances of inappropriate, problematic and abusive sexual behaviour between siblings. Among the issues discussed, they consider the pr ..read more
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Meet me where I’m at
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
1M ago
The first episode of Let’s Talk Social Work of 2024 explores a fantastic, coproduced training project run by the Western Health and Social Care Trust which equips social workers to better support families affected by addiction. The discussion examines the effects addiction has on families and overviews the first-hand impacts that social work involvement can have when a parent is struggling with addiction. The episode also addresses why a service user-led approach is critical to increasing understanding and delivering real improvements in outcomes for children and families. Andy is joined by ..read more
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Social Work with Older People
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
3M ago
This episode explores the findings of the Social Work with Older People research project led by the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol. The project has sought to examine the role social workers play in supporting older people, carers, and families to transform situations. It looks at the barriers which can impede the delivery of high quality and effective services and outlines a series of recommendations concerning how social work can better meet the needs of older people. Joining host Andy McClenaghan are Dr Paul Willis, who at the time of recording worked for t ..read more
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Nothing about us without us
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
3M ago
What does it look like when experts by experience are fully involved in shaping and informing social work education?  What does the role entail?  How can universities avoid tokenism and ensure meaningful engagement?  What are the benefits for social work students, people who use services and the experts by experience themselves? To address these questions and many more, host, Andy McClenaghan is joined by Rebecca Regler who earlier this year wrote in the British Journal of Social Work about her journey from being a social worker, to a service user, to an expert by experience ..read more
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When the going gets tough
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
4M ago
Social work is a demanding role and even under the best of circumstances, as social workers support individuals to improve life opportunities, they will face difficulties and stresses associated with their work. Andy McClenaghan is joined by Dr Jennifer Simpson and Sam Pulman to explore the theme of resilience in social work.  Jennifer is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Course Leader for MA Advanced Social Work at Nottingham Trent University and Sam previously worked as a frontline social worker with children and families, and as a social work manager before e ..read more
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Self-Neglect: Exploring the Social Work Response
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
4M ago
Episode 66 of Let’s Talk Social Work examines a subject which previously hasn’t been explored on the podcast. The discussion focuses on self-neglect—what it is, the ways in which it affects people and how social workers can respond. We look at how the social work approach to supporting people who self-neglect has changed over the years, the duties placed on Local Authorities in relation to self-neglect by the Care Act and how these requirements must be balanced with each individual’s human rights. Joining Andy McClenaghan to explore the topic are Lizzie Furber, Principal Social Wor ..read more
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Age assessment of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
5M ago
This episode of Let’s Talk Social Work explores the incredibly important topic of the age assessment of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Immigration policy is in the news almost daily at present and ensuring that the needs of children seeking asylum in the UK are met underscores the vital importance of the age assessment process.  Andy McClenaghan is joined by Jo Schofield, Director of Immigration Social Work Services and BASW’s Public and Political Affairs Lead, Kerri Prince to discuss the role social workers play in age assessments and the implications of the rece ..read more
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With a Little Help from My Friends
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
5M ago
In this episode Andy McClenaghan and guests explore the therapeutic role artistic and musical creativity can play in improving mental health. Andy is joined by experts by experience Ash and Molly and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Social Worker, Sarah Ombler, who along with her colleague, Shauneen O’Connor, oversaw the incredibly exciting initiative, IMPACT CAMHS. They discuss the benefits which have come from the project, a service-user involvement group which supported a group of young people who use CAMHS services, to write ..read more
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Half A World Away
Let's Talk Social Work
by BASW
6M ago
Recorded just before the summer break, Andy McClenaghan and guests, Priya David and Duc Tran, discuss some of the many issues faced by overseas social workers who have come to the UK to practice.  Priya and Duc are Co-Chairs of the BASW Diaspora Special Interest Group and offer insights into the challenges diaspora social workers can face when working in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the steps employers can take to address the problems identified. In June 2023, the BASW Diaspora Special Interest Group published a framework providing guidance on best practice in the ..read more
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