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Community Care editors and expert guests discuss the latest research, theories and practice issues, and look at what they mean for social workers.

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Community Care editors and expert guests discuss the latest research, theories and practice issues, and look at what they mean for social workers.

    Anti-racist social work practice

    Anti-racist social work practice

    Learn on the go is a podcast for social workers from Community Care Inform.

    In this episode, we discuss anti-racist social work in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the US and the UK in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May. In the UK over the past ten years black people have accounted for 8% of those who have died in police custody, while accounting for only 3% of the UK population as a whole. Black people are four times as likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act as white people. And research has found that there are significant inequalities in the proportions of children from different ethnic groups in the care system.

    Our expert guest today is Dr Kish Bhatti-Sinclair, Reader in Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Chichester. Kish is known for her work on social work, race and racism. Towards the end of the episode, we also hear from Sarah Blackmore, executive director of strategy, policy and engagement at Social Work England.

    The episode covers:
    - What anti-racist practice is, and how it differs from anti-oppressive practice.
    - How anti-racist practice has developed in social work and where we are now.
    - How social workers, team managers and leaders can take action in the context of their own practice.

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript on the Inform website.

    References
    George Floyd death: How many black people die in police custody in England and Wales? - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/52890363
    Discrimination in mental health services - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
    Care system ethnic inequalities - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/

    Community Care Inform resources
    Contextual safeguarding: podcast - https://www.ccinform.co.uk/learning-tools/contextual-safeguarding-podcast/
    Initial meetings with young people: a systemic and intersectional approach - https://www.ccinform.co.uk/practice-guidance/initial-meetings-with-young-people-an-intersectional-and-systemic-approach/
    Cultural competence: lessons from research - https://www.ccinform.co.uk/research/cultural-competence-lessons-from-research/
    Safeguarding Black girls from child sexual abuse: messages from research - https://www.ccinform.co.uk/research/child-sexual-abuse-and-safeguarding-black-girls-messages-from-research/
    Anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice education - https://www.ccinform.co.uk/practice-guidance/anti-discriminatory-and-anti-oppressive-practice-education/

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    • 37 min
    Fear in social work practice

    Fear in social work practice

    Welcome to Learn on the go, a Community Care Inform podcast where we discuss what the latest research, practice models and policy guidance mean to your practice.

    This episode in our mini series about practice during the coronavirus pandemic is about fear and social work. It covers how fear can impact on practice, what helps social workers maintain concerns at a manageable level, support from managers and particular sources of fear during the pandemic such as lack of PPE, whether vulnerable children and adults are safeguarded and the impact on people with mental health problems. The expert guest is Brian Littlechild, professor of social work at the University of Hertfordshire. The questions were asked by Joanna Silman, content editor at Community Care Inform.

    2:01 – What is ‘fear’ in the context of social work?

    6.03 – Causes of fear during the pandemic

    8.34 - Getting support for fear-inducing situations

    14.17 - Being assertive

    20:32 - The SAFE approach (Support, Assertiveness, Fit, Empathy)

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript of the podcast here on Inform Children https://www.ccinform.co.uk/learning-tools/fear-and-social-work-podcast/ and here on Inform Adults: https://adults.ccinform.co.uk/learning-tools/fear-and-social-work-podcast/

    Law and guidance referred to:
    Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/37/contents
    The High Court judgment in Walker v Northumberland County Council (1994): https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/1994/2.html

    Social Work England guidance on applying the professional standards
    https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/standards/professional-standards/
    Social Care Wales code of professional practice and practice guidance
    https://socialcare.wales/fitness-to-practise/codes-of-practice-and-guidance

    • 23 min
    Home and online visits

    Home and online visits

    We know social workers are working harder than ever in the challenging conditions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. To help meet your need for information and guidance we’re developing a mini-series of podcasts and webinars about coronavirus and how it’s affecting social work practice.

    Our expert guest was Claudia Megele, chair of the Principal Child and Family Social Worker Network.

    The episode covers:
    - When it's appropriate to conduct an online visit, rather than a home visit.
    - Best practice in conducting online visits, including different ideas for virtual direct work.
    - How social workers can keep themselves and families safe when carrying out home visits.

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript on the Inform website.

    • 23 min
    Contextual safeguarding

    Contextual safeguarding

    Welcome to Learn on the go, a Community Care Inform podcast where we discuss what the latest research, practice models and policy guidance mean for your practice.

    This episode is on contextual safeguarding. We talk about what the approach entails, what it looks like in practice, and also discuss how work with young people been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Discussing these questions are Dr Carlene Firmin who developed the contextual safeguarding framework and leads the contextual safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse research programmes at the University of Bedfordshire, and Samantha Roper, team manager for the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) at Knowsley Council.

    2:19 – What is contextual safeguarding?
    4.42 – Implementing contextual safeguarding in a local authority
    12.15 - Applying contextual safeguarding as an individual practitioner or team
    24.20 – Legal questions around working with groups of peers, locations and child protection processes applied to extra-familial harm
    27.57 - The impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on contextual safeguarding work

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript of the podcast: https://www.ccinform.co.uk/learning-tools/contextual-safeguarding-podcast/

    And if you want to hear more, in 2018 we published an episode of the podcast on county lines with a practitioner and parent: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16966347

    Read more about the Contextual Safeguarding Network and find the resources mentioned here: https://contextualsafeguarding.org.uk/

    • 38 min
    Remote supervision during the pandemic

    Remote supervision during the pandemic

    We know social workers are working harder than ever in the challenging conditions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. To help meet your need for information and guidance we’re developing a mini-series of podcasts and webinars about coronavirus and how it’s affecting social work practice.

    Our expert guest was Dr David Wilkins, senior lecturer at Cardiff University with a research focus on good supervision in child and family social work.

    The episode covers:
    - How supervision can be effective when it's carried out remotely rather than in person.
    - The importance of talking about emotions during supervision.
    - Different ideas for holding group supervision sessions online.

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript on the Inform website.

    • 21 min
    The Coronavirus Act and Care Act easements

    The Coronavirus Act and Care Act easements

    We know social workers are working harder than ever in the challenging conditions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. To help meet your need for information and guidance we’re developing a mini-series of podcasts and webinars about coronavirus and how it’s affecting social work practice.

    Our expert guest was Tim Spencer-Lane, a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law. He is also Community Care Inform Adults’ legal editor and a senior lecturer at Kingston University.

    The episode covers:
    - How the Coronavirus Act applies to both new and existing service users.
    - How to ensure individuals’ human rights, under the European Convention on Human Rights, aren’t breached if stage 4 of the Care Act easements are introduced.
    - The implications for practice of the Care Act easements on the Care Act’s duty to promote wellbeing.

    Community Care Inform subscribers can access additional resources and a written transcript on the Inform website.

    • 17 min

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