At Research in Practice, we bring together academic research, practice expertise and the experiences of people accessing services. We then apply this knowledge to develop a range of resources and learning opportunities, as well as delivering tailored services, expertise and training.
We work closely with professionals across the children, families and adult sectors to ensure our work is truly sector-led and responds to the most pressing issues.
Reflecting together on CPD: A conversation with Social Work England
Amanda Richards and Hannah Scott, Research and Development Officers at Research in Practice, talk to Ahmina Akhtar, Regional Engagement lead for Social Work England, Yorkshire and the Humber. They reflect on the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) for registered social workers, the aims of Social Work England and provide some top tips.
This podcast looks at:
- The aims of Social Work England as an organisation; how the organisation is different from The Health and Care Professionals Council; what the main challenges have been since taking over and Social Work England’s objectives for the next three years.
- The benefits to social workers of having their own framework of regulations and standards and what this means for accountability, practice, personal development and better outcomes for people they support.
- Top tips of how social workers have integrated CPD into their work and how this has helped them develop good habits; ideas of how social workers can bring feedback in from those who access services and how CPD be used to help social workers as a tool to help support their own self-care and manage wellbeing.
Poverty aware practice with children and families
Susannah Bowyer, Assistant Director at Research in Practice in conversation with Prof. Kate Morris of the University of Sheffield, and Prof. Brid Featherstone of the University of Huddersfield.
In this podcast Brid and Kate talk about their powerful body of research and their radical vision for social work with children, young people and families around poverty, inequality and neglect.
• The strong association between a family’s socio-economic circumstances and the chances that children in those families will experience child abuse and neglect.
• Evidence from across the four nations of the UK that offer alternative approaches to working with families affected by poverty.
• The complex interactions between deprivation and ethnicity.
• How social work can engage with the community, and the co-production of approaches with people who have lived experiences.
• How senior managers can apply messages from this body of research in their work.
A sister’s experience of county lines: The possibility of leaving and exiting
Sara (a pseudonym) speaks to Research in Practice Assistant Director Susannah Bowyer about her experience of being a family member of someone who is being criminally exploited. This episode focuses on barriers to leaving and exiting and what needs to be overcome. It talks about how threats and violence hold young people in the county lines gang. It talks about how societal drug use facilitates county lines exploitation. Sara reflects on the role of professionals and systems and puts forward suggestions of what might work. This is the final episode in a series on county lines.
A sister's experience of county lines: The business model
Sara (a pseudonym) speaks to Research in Practice Assistant Director Susannah Bowyer about her experience of being a family member of someone who is being criminally exploited. This episode focuses on how county lines is a business model and how it increasingly took over her brother’s life. It gives more detail about how the operation is run and how there is a tight schedule for those involved. It talks about how family life was affected, what would have helped, being a victim and a perpetrator as well as what rewards there were for him including the role of ‘power’. This is the second episode in a series on county lines.
A sister's experience of county lines: Push/pull factors and grooming
Sara (a pseudonym) speaks to Research in Practice Assistant Director Susannah Bowyer about her experience of being a family member of someone who is being criminally exploited.
This episode addresses why Sara thinks her brother was exploited in terms of push and pulls factors. It talks about his early life and how he was exploited and groomed both at the beginning and as it progressed. We also come to understand how her brother doesn’t fit the media stereotype. This is the first episode in a series on county lines.
Community development work: The approach in Cornwall Council
Julie Wilkinson, Associate Research and Development Manager at Research in Practice speaks to Becky Higgins, Cornwall Council's Early Help Hub VCS Engagement Coordinator and Lead for the Community Development Worker Project.
They discuss the role of community development workers across Cornwall and the ethos and benefits of the approach for children and families, the community and the council. Becky also describes how the approach has been adapted in the context of COVID-19 and how this could be developed further in the future. This is the second in a series of podcasts on the topic of community development.
Becky and Julie discussed:
The work of community development workers
The origins and ethos of the approach
The co-location of community development workers in the Early Help Hub
How previous work has enabled the council to better deal with the impact of COVID-19
The key benefits of the approach for individuals, the community and the local authority
Advice for others wanting to do similar work.
Dartington: Research in Practice. Godar, R. (2020) ‘Enabling community capacity during COVID-19
Dartington: Research in Practice. Sutton, J. (2018) ‘Assets-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing’
Dove, B.(2020) ‘Someone to watch over me’ Social Work 2020 under Covid-19 Magazine.
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Excellent, concise, insightful
An excellent pod, Insightful, easy to digest and relate to, and informative. Highly recommended!
Person centred approach to mental health
Insightful and simplistic approach which is welcomed because we need to philosophical in our reflection of practice and reflection on actions we take .
Professional ego wil always be fraught with tensions no one profession is more knowledgeable than other. Whilst we view from one professional lens maybe each needs to step into the shoes of others in order to be appetitive in our debate.
No one profession is omnipotent rather the most important part of the jigsaw is the person who is at the centre . It’s tragic if professionals view things through power and must stop this or simply leave !! As I said the person is powerless and will struggle as they come to terms with mental well being issues.
For me mentalizatiin is key to complex issues and is combined with other theoretical approaches We cannot be purest in a theory or a framework or else we are not giving a just service