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.
Andy McClenaghan and guests Karl Handscomb, Senior Economist with the Resolution Foundation, Louise Woodruff, Policy and Partnerships Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Kerri Prince, BASW’s Public and Political Affairs Lead discuss what the Chancellor’s announcement on 3 March means for people who use social work and social care services, and people who receive support from the social security system, as well as the wider implications for society.
Organisational responses to the Budget:
- BASW: https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2021/mar/basw-responds-budget-2021
- JRF: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/jrf-spring-budget-2021-analysis
- Resolution Foundation: https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2021/03/Spending-fast-taxing-slow.pdf
Is Universal Credit Working?
The social security system is failing to prevent millions of families from experiencing poverty. Andy McClenaghan is joined by Sophie Howes, Head of Policy at the Child Poverty Action Group and Kerri Prince, BASW Public and Political Affairs Lead, to discuss Universal Credit, the two-child limit, the £20 uplift and what all this means for children and families across the UK.
What does the Biden administration mean for social work?
On 20 January 2021, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. Andy McClenaghan is joined by joined by Professor Margaret Weir, Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science at Brown University, and Mel Wilson, Senior Policy Consultant for Social Justice and Human Rights with the National Association of Social Workers to explore what the Biden administration will mean for social work in the USA.
Supporting carers is a key role for social workers, but could services be improved? To explore the topic, Andy McClenaghan is joined by Allison Hulmes, National Director of BASW Cymru, Claire Morgan, Director or Carers Wales and Chris O’Malley who has been a carer for his wife, Annie, for the past 7 years. They discuss the provisions of the Welsh Social Services and Well-being Act and the Carer Aware project which aims to place greater focus on the importance of co-producing services for unpaid carers.
In the first episode of 2021 Andy McClenaghan is joined by Sarah McMillan, Professional Officer with the Scottish Association of Social Workers, Rachael Barnes who is a Social Worker with Safer Families Edinburgh and Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Women's Aid. They explore the issue of domestic abuse and the social work response to support victims and survivors of abuse, as well as the role social workers play in working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
To download the Scottish Association of Social Workers’ Domestic Abuse and Child Welfare practice guide visit https://www.basw.co.uk/system/files/resources/Domestic%20Abuse%20and%20Child%20Welfare_0.pdf
For information on the Safe & Together™ Model discussed during the episode visit https://safeandtogetherinstitute.com/what-we-offer/e-courses/ and to register for SASW’s training on the Safe & Together™ Model visit https://www.basw.co.uk/events/safe-together%E2%84%A2-model-core-training-sasw#:~:text=About%20Safe%20%26%20Together%E2%84%A2%20Model,Session%201%20Assessment
To contact the Scottish Women’s Aid helpline call 0800 027 1234 and to access the Scottish Women’s Aid web chat service for children and young people visit www.cypwebchat.scot
For information on how to contact Women’s Aid England
If you need to access support over the phone, you can call:
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
Rights of Women advice lines, there are a range of services available
For information on how to contact Welsh Women’s Aid visit https://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/contact/ If you need help and support for yourself or for someone you know, please call or email the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or email: email@example.com
For information on how to contact Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland visit https://www.womensaidni.org If you are looking for help and support, please contact the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414
Supporting refugees and asylum seekers—an interview with Lord Alf Dubs
In the second of our two episodes produced to celebrate Human Rights Day, Lord Alf Dubs joins Andy McClenaghan to discuss his work campaigning for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and in particular, the rights of unaccompanied asylum-seeking Children. Among the issues discussed is how to productively engage with individuals who are hostile to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, in order to encourage outlooks characterised by compassion rather than fear.
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A really excellent series. A must for all social workers!
Engaging, enlightening and even at times entertaining podcast.
I’m not a social work professional but find these conversations interesting and really relevant to society, politics, public service in general - highly recommend checking it out!
Fantastic exploration of social issues
A very interesting and professionally produced podcast exploring social issues.
While the show looks at issues from a social work perspective it’s interesting and accessible to all (I’m not a social work professional)