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This Is Social Work podcast

An original podcast from Social Work England

This Is Social Work

This Is Social Work is a podcast from Social Work England, the specialist regulator for social work across England.

Hosted by our very own regional engagement leads and together with people with lived and learned experiences of social work, we’ll be exploring the social work profession in more depth.

Season 1 - the professional standards

In this series, we’re focusing on the professional standards - the 6 standards that social workers must know, understand and be able to do as part of their role. The professional standards are specialist to the social work profession and apply to social workers in all roles and settings. They reflect the value and diversity of social work practice and the positive impact it has on people’s lives, families and communities. 

Join us as we explore the standards on a deeper level, whilst showcasing the unique knowledge and enthusiasm for and from a profession rooted in public protection, positive change and improving people’s lives.

Join the conversation using #ThisIsSocialWorkPod on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Where to listen

You can listen to this podcast on the following platforms:

Reflecting on this podcast and recording CPD

You could use this podcast for your continuing professional development (CPD). Reflect on what you have learned from listening to the podcast, and how you will apply it to your practice.

Record it on your online account to meet the CPD requirement.

Season 1 - the professional standards

Listen below

Trailer: Welcome to This Is Social Work (8 October 2021)

An introduction to our new podcast and more information about our first season focusing on the professional standards.

Professional standard 1: Promote the rights, strengths and wellbeing of people, families and communities (13 October 2021)

Head of equality, diversity and inclusion Ahmina Akhtar explores professional standard 1 with National Advisory Forum member Isaac and Sharon, chair of National Independent Reviewing Officer Manager’s Partnership.

Professional standard 2: Establish and maintain the trust and confidence of people (20 October 2021)

Our regional engagement leads discuss professional standard 2, and National Advisory Forum member Ify and Derren, a young person with lived experience of social work, share their experiences of building relationships with their social workers.

Professional standard 3: Be accountable for the quality of my practice and the decisions I make (28 October 2021)

In this episode, regional engagement lead Matthew explores professional standard 3, be accountable for the quality of my practice and the decisions I make, with social workers George and Calum as they share their unique experiences of social work practice, decision making and safeguarding.

Professional standard 4: Maintain my continuing professional development (4 November 2021)

In this episode, regional engagement lead Matthew is joined by social workers Lisa and Louise, as they explore professional standard 4, sharing their experiences of engaging with CPD, and how they’ve involved peers and people with lived experience to reflect and inform their practice.

Professional standard 5: Act safely, respectfully and with professional integrity (10 November 2021)

Our regional engagement leads Matthew and Philippa are joined by social worker and social media advocate Kayleigh Rose Evans as they focus on the social media aspect of professional standard 5, sharing their experiences of balancing social work and digital social spaces.

Professional standard 6: Promote ethical practice and report concerns (17 November 2021)

Our regional engagement lead Philippa discusses standard 6 with principal social worker's Fran and Julie. They explore fitness to practise concerns, what it means to promote ethical practice and the importance of building safe spaces for reflection.​

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