Let's Talk Social Work
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
In this episode, Vivian Geiran, Chair of the Irish Association of Social Workers talks with Andy McClenaghan about social work in Ireland. They discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the profession, the importance of cross border working and probation as a social work service.The conversation explores the impacts of the acute housing crisis gripping Ireland, during which the publication, the View digital, is mentioned. You can read the relevant issue here.
The Never-Ending Story
Since the 1990s, successive governments have unsuccessfully attempted to reform the approach to funding adult social care. In this episode, Andy McClenaghan is joined by guests Resh Patel, an expert by experience of adult social care, Jackie Mahoney, co-chair of the BASW England Adult Thematic Group and Katy Jackson, Co-Chair of BASW England Committee, to discuss the Government’s plans for reform of Adult Social Care in England. They explore how planned changes will be funded, how users of social care services will be affected, and what the likely impacts will be for social workers.To participate in the BASW England survey mentioned in the episode, please click here.The House of Commons Library research report, Proposed reforms to adult social care, can be accessed here.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
This episode, made to mark World Mental Health Day, explores the delivery structures for mental health social work services in England. Andy McClenaghan is joined by Jason Brandon, Mental Health Social Work Lead at the Office of the Chief Social Worker and Sarah Morris, Principal Social Worker for Adults at North Northamptonshire Council. Their conversation examines the pros and cons of integration of mental health social work services into the NHS, and considers why, some local authorities are moving away from the integrated model, taking back operational responsibility for their social workers. The discussion explores impacts at an organisational level, individual practice level and in terms of the quality of the service provided. The Government White Paper mentioned during the discussion is Health and social care integration: joining up care for people, places and populations