25 episodes

Welcome to Let’s Talk Social Work, the podcast from the British Association of Social Workers.This is a space for conversation—discussion with social workers, the individuals they support, and colleagues working in related professions. We consider the key matters affecting social workers as we explore contemporary issues with a focus at both the local and global levels.
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    • 4.5 • 21 Ratings

Welcome to Let’s Talk Social Work, the podcast from the British Association of Social Workers.This is a space for conversation—discussion with social workers, the individuals they support, and colleagues working in related professions. We consider the key matters affecting social workers as we explore contemporary issues with a focus at both the local and global levels.
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    Social Work, the Climate Crisis & the Politics of Hope

    Social Work, the Climate Crisis & the Politics of Hope

    In our 25th episode we explore a hugely important issue which was touched on all the way back in episode one, when we examined the role of social workers in disasters. To discuss the social work response to the climate crisis and environmental injustice, Andy McClenaghan is joined by Gerry Nosowska, Chair of BASW UK, Professor Lena Dominelli from the University of Stirling and Professor John Barry from Queen’s University Belfast. 
     
    Although the links may not be immediately apparent, the climate crisis is having, and will continue to exert a huge impact on the lives of many of the people social workers support. It’s these links, along with how social workers can respond, that inform the conversation, which was held a fortnight before the United Nations COP 26 Climate Change Conference.

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    • 52 min
    Challenging Antisemitism in all its forms

    Challenging Antisemitism in all its forms

    In this episode, Andy McClenaghan is joined by guests Sam Lethbridge, Incidents Manager at the Community Security Trust and Paul Shuttleworth, Professional Officer with BASW England to discuss antisemitism—what it means, what its impacts are and how social workers can stand against and address antisemitism across our society. 
     
    David Baddiel’s book, ‘Jews Don’t Count’, is mentioned several times during the conversation. To find out more about the book visit https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52710961-jews-don-t-count
     
    Community Security Trust (CST) is a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. If you are the victim of an antisemitic incident or you have information regarding an antisemitic incident that happened to somebody else, please contact CST https://cst.org.uk/report-incident. 

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    • 51 min
    The Care Review, Part 2 — Meeting the needs of Black & minoritised children in care

    The Care Review, Part 2 — Meeting the needs of Black & minoritised children in care

    In the second of two episodes exploring issues related to the independent review of children’s social care in England, Andy McClenaghan is joined by social workers Patriche Bentick, Senior Practitioner at Camden Council and James Kargbo, Fostering Team Manager, also from Camden Council. They examine issues facing Black and minoritized children in the care system, the extent to which matters of equality, diversity and inclusion have been considered in the Care Review so far and the need to decolonise social work education.
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    • 49 min
    The Case For Banning Smacking

    The Case For Banning Smacking

    Andy McClenaghan is joined by Baroness Joan Walmsley, Co-Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Kate Fallon, General Secretary of the Association of Educational Psychologists and John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union to discuss what the law says about the corporal punishment of children, the impacts it has, and efforts being pursued to ban smacking in England.They explore recent changes to the legal landscape in Scotland and Wales, the situation globally and how a smacking ban would affect social workers. For information on positive alternatives to smacking provided by the Welsh Government, please visit https://gov.wales/parenting-give-it-time/understanding-and-responding-behaviour
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    • 49 min
    The Needle & the Damage Done — the relationship between problematic substance use & domestic abuse

    The Needle & the Damage Done — the relationship between problematic substance use & domestic abuse

    Andy McClenaghan is joined by guests, Dr Sarah Fox and Professor Sarah Galvani from Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Wulf Livingston from Wrexham Glyndwr University, to explore the complex relationship between problematic substance use and domestic abuse. The episode begins by examining the various forms domestic abuse can take and what we mean when we talk about problematic substance use. The discussion then moves on to explore the extent to which problematic substance use is a factor in causing domestic abuse and the ways in which it can be a response to domestic abuse experienced. The conversation also considers whether social work education adequately trains practitioners in relation to problematic substance use and domestic abuse and how social workers can better support victims / survivors and children affected.To access the resources produced by BASW’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Special Interest Group which are referenced in the episode, please visit https://bit.ly/2W1d1Ra
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    • 55 min
    Who Cares? — Examining the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

    Who Cares? — Examining the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

    One month after publication of the first report of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care — The Case for Change — Andy McClenaghan is joined by Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39, Esme Daley, a social work manager with Achieving for Children and BASW London Branch Chair, and Bekah Pierre, Professional Officer with BASW England to discuss the scope and potential impacts of the Review.What could the review mean for children and young people in care? What could it mean for social work? Listen and find out.To provide feedback on this, or any of our other episodes, please email ltsw@basw.co.uk
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Sandyblack2029 ,

More intersectional topics please

This is helping me learn a lot about social work - starting a BA next year hopefully! Love the topics of intersectional social work ... Would love to hear more of this!!

vic202 ,

Helpful resource for social workers

This is a great podcast for social workers and covers a wide range of useful topics that are relevant and when it’s not something I’ve been engaged with, it offers me learning. I’m really glad to have found it and recommend it highly

BravoSocialworkers ,

Valuable resource

Fantastic resource to learn more about different areas of social work practice and the impact of changes in politics and wider society

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