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Helpful Social Work Podcast

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3a Social work with children

In this podcast, we continue the social work journey through the lifecourse and discuss social work with children. We consider how ideas of childhood and children's rights have developed. We look at how social workers can respond well to children's experiences and context.

38mins

13 May 2019

Rank #1

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6b Homelessness

This podcast is about how we ensure that everyone has a home. We look at the causes and impacts of homelessness. We then explore how social workers can act personally, professionally and collectively to end homelessness.

28mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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6a Young adulthood

We continue our journey through the life-course, looking at early adulthood. We consider how expectations and experiences around different elements of adulthood impact on people, including work, relationships and parenthood. And we consider the social work response in helping people navigate this time of life.

35mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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4a Social work with adolescents

Our next podcast through the lifecourse looks at how we work with young people. We discuss what's happening for adolescents, the support they need and how social workers can best respond.

36mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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4b Anti-racism

In this podcast we consider the issue of racism from a social work point of view. We discuss the impact of racism, and how social workers can oppose it in practice. Social work ethics require us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We need to work collectively to challenge and overcome all forms of racism.

33mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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3b Climate justice

In this podcast we consider the implications of the climate emergency on social work practice. We look at what actions our social work ethics lead to, and how we can respond individually and collectively.

32mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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7b Colonialism

In this podcast we discuss the big issue of colonialism - what it is, how it has impacted on people and its continued effects in social work. We consider how social workers can use anti-oppressive practice to understand their individual and structural relationships, and to work with people for liberation.

33mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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2a Social work with infants

In this podcast, we continue the social work journey through the lifespan. We consider how social workers can enable infants to thrive. We discuss child development, work with families, and how we support communities to challenge inequality.

36mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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10b Review of the social work year

In this final podcast of series 3, we review the social work year. We discuss the events and implications, and look ahead to what the next year may hold.

44mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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7a Middle age

The next episode in our journey through the life-course is middle age. We talk about important areas for social workers to consider including relationships, money and health. And we look at what underpins good practice in working with often complex situations and networks.

35mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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5a Transition to adulthood

In this podcast, we explore the social work role as young people transition to adulthood. We discuss what it means to become an adult, and how social workers can support young people to overcome obstacles.

31mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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2b Poverty

In this podcast we discuss the causes and impacts of poverty. We consider social work's role in overcoming poverty, through direct work and social action. And we look at how we can rethink the way we talk about poverty and wealth.

35mins

13 May 2019

Rank #12

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5b Migration

In this podcast we discuss migration and the social work response to it. We consider how migration is viewed, experienced and understood. We look at how social workers can uphold rights and promote inclusion.

33mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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1b Identity

In this podcast we start our exploration of some of the big issues using a social work lens. We consider what identity means and how we respond to it in social work, including our own identity as social workers.

34mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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1a Social work pre-birth

Welcome to the first podcast for Series 4. In our ‘a’ podcasts this series we are looking at social work through the life-course, starting here with pre-birth. We acknowledge the difficulties of talking about this area of work, and look to how we can practise ethically and thoughtfully.

32mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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2b Loss and social work

Social workers constantly engage with and relate to loss. In the current pandemic, loss is widespread, diverse and deep. In this podcast we explore how social workers can understand loss and grief, how we can respond helpfully and the support we need to do this.

32mins

13 May 2020

Rank #16

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2a Ethics and values

We continue our look at the ingredients of a social worker by exploring the ethics and values domain of the Professional Capabilities Framework. We look at why this domain matters, the capabilities that social workers need, and what these capabilities look like in practice.

28mins

4 May 2020

Rank #17

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Series 5 Introduction

Series 5 runs from 2019-2020. Throughout this series we will look at the ingredients of a great social worker and the capabilities that social workers bring to their work. We will also record podcasts about current issues that affect social work.

3mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #18