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.
County Lines—breaking chains of abuse & exploitation
In this episode Andy McClenaghan is joined by Lucy Dacey, National Programme Manager for The Children's Society's Disrupting Exploitation Programme and Bekah Pierre, Professional Officer with BASW England. They discuss the much publicised but often misunderstood issue of County Lines—what it is, what it means for those involved, and what can be done to prevent the criminal exploitation, abuse and trafficking of children and young people by drugs gangs.
Reports discussed during the episode include:
- Counting Lives (July 2019), The Children Society: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/professionals/resources/counting-lives
- No place at Home (Sept 2019), All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-10/no-place-at-home.pdf
Challenging the last acceptable form of racism
Dr Dan Allen from Manchester Metropolitan University and the award-winning storyteller, author and playwright, Richard O’Neill join Andy McClenaghan to discuss the discrimination experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities across the UK. They explore the changes that are needed to ensure social workers support these communities and address the prejudice and intolerance they face.
For information on the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Social Work Association, please follow their twitter feed – @GRTSWAssoc
Ubuntu—A Solution to Populism?
Ubuntu—A Solution to Populism? by BASW
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.
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)