Let's Talk Social Work


‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

This episode explores the benefits of a community-based, peer support approach to helping people recover from addiction. Joining Andy McClenaghan for the conversation are James Deakin and Sophie McCluskey from North Wales Recovery Communities and Social Worker, Wulf Livingstone.


The conversation explores the environment needed for recovery to thrive, the model at the core of the North Wales Recovery Communities approach and the role of outdoor challenges as a key aspect of group recovery activities.


To find out more about North Wales Recovery Communities, visit https://northwalesrc.org

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Therapy in name only

This episode, made for Pride month 2022, examines the issue of anti-trans discrimination and conversion therapy. Host, Andy McClenaghan, is joined by Chay Brown Director of the trans-rights organisation, TransActual, Rachel Hubbard Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of the West of England and BASW member, and Jacob Sibley, Director of LGBT Youth in Care. They discuss the discrimination faced by trans people, examine rates of anti-trans hate crime in the UK and consider the Government’s decision to exclude trans people from its planned ban on the use of conversion therapy in England and Wales.Various documents are referred to during the episode. They can be accessed via the following links:TransActual—Trans lives survey 2021: Enduring the UK’s hostile environmenthttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e8a0a6bb02c73725b24dc9d/t/6152eac81e0b0109491dc518/1632824024793/Trans+Lives+Survey+2021.pdfGalop—Transphobic Hate Crime Report 2020https://galop.org.uk/resource/transphobic-hate-crime-report-2020/The Cass Review—Independent review of gender identity services for children and young people: Interim reporthttps://cass.independent-review.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Cass-Review-Interim-Report-Final-Web-Accessible.pdfStonewall—Shut out: the experiences of LGBT young people not in education, training or workhttps://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/shut-out-experiences-lgbt-young-people-not-education-training-or-workGovernment Equalities Office—National LGBT Survey: Research reporthttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-lgbt-survey-summary-reportHouse of Commons Library—Hate Crime Statisticshttps://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8537/CBP-8537.pdfTo read the BASW Position Statement on Social Work with Transgender People please visit https://www.basw.co.uk/system/files/resources/basw_statement_on_social_work_with_trans_people_and_trans_rights_approved_by_council_july_7_2021_final.pdf