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2b Evidence and Ideology

In the second part of our first podcast we talk about the role of evidence and ideology in policy, and how we can be more transparent about what is based on knowledge and what is based on belief.

2a Values and Beliefs

The first part of our second podcast looks at the topic of values and beliefs in social work, the impact they have on our practice, and how we can be more aware of them.

Social work podcast launched on World Social Work Day 2016

Helpful Social Work is a new podcast that aims to help social workers to learn, think and act with integrity so that people who need social work get help that will transform their lives.

These podcasts are created by me and by Jo Fox at Child Centred Practice. We’ve started this podcast and launched it on World Social Work Day because social work matters to us.

1b World Social Work Day

In the second part of our first podcast we talk about World Social Work Day 2016 and what it means to be part of a global profession.

1a Integrity

The first part of our first podcast looks at the topic of integrity in social work, and explores what it means to be true to oneself, how we remain resilient and how we use our whole self in our practice.

Introductory podcast

This podcast explains who we are, why we are doing this podcast on Helpful Social Work and what each podcast will cover.

New Year blog: learning from 2015; hopes for 2016

The blogs that I have written in 2015 show the shape of my year: January’s was on stress following a survey by Community Care; for world social work day in March I wrote about the importance to me of having a college of social work; May’s blog was about the election and its implications for social work; through the summer I wrote about the closure of the college and how we could take its legacy onwards; I finished up the year with a blog on motivation following the November spending review.

‘Don’t accept this narrative of failure – the college achieved a lot’

By Ruth Allen, Brigid Featherstone and Gerry Nosowska - chairs of the mental health, children’s and adults’ faculties of the College of Social Work

Now that some weeks have elapsed since the shock announcement that the College of Social Work (TCSW) is to close, as chairs of the three faculties we think it timely to offer our reflections on its achievements and legacy.

On a dark day, we need to be hopeful and proactive

A few months ago I wrote this blog about why a professional college for social work matters to me. Yesterday, I found out that the college of social work is to close because of lack of funding.

This news doesn’t change the reasons why a college matters to me:

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Why a professional college for social work matters to me

It’s World Social Work Day so a good time to reflect on why social work is important and what helps it to thrive. I’ve just become the chair of the Adults faculty of The College of Social Work so want to share my thoughts about what a professional college can and should do for social work.

Firstly, why is it important to have good social work?

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