Social work learning practice
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Social work learning practice

6 Values

In this audio clip you will hear practitioners and service users talk about the values that they consider important in social work.

Activity 6

0 hours 25 minutes

Before listening to the clip, think about the values that you consider to be of particular importance or significance for you as a social worker. Compare this with the thoughts of the speakers in the clip.

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I wasn’t born, or brought up, with a set of values. I think I’ve acquired them. I've had lots of experiences, and I suppose that's where perhaps it very often helps when you go into a family, and you can relate because you've either been there, you've felt like they might feel. And you feel you can understand their helplessness perhaps, and their vulnerability. And again, it's an accumulation of experiences.
Well, if she's got care and love, I think that counts a lot … and worries about other people … that's the main thing, I think. She's got to have that care and love, and understanding. And I think that will make a good worker.
Need to be a good listener as well.
You know that stems from the value set, that and you get respect. And I think, if you're expecting children to respect you, I think it starts by respecting them. And it's what comes first, the chicken or the egg?
Stephen Rashid
And do they respond to that?
Yes and no. I mean, I don't know whether there's evidence to suggest it. But it's got to have an impact.
As a Hindu background, we are very much like a unity of all faiths. Because Hinduism … what we have learned is to welcome everybody, see good in everyone.
Stephen Rashid
Right … and is that something that’s important for your generation as well?
I think I’m still learning. I think I’m still growing, still changing, I think. Hopefully I’m still maturing. So, as a student … from a student’s approach, I think, I can empathise perhaps sometimes with young kids. Sometimes we’ve had young kids who come perhaps to us first as a port of call, and then to my parents.
Stephen Rashid
Do you think that the social workers you work with appreciate the spiritual side that you’ve emphasised so much?
First of all, we thought possibly they were getting a bit frightened of us. They thought are we were going to start giving a sermon to these children? Then they realised that there was nothing like that at all. We don’t preach anything. We don’t make a Hindu a Christian, a Christian a Muslim, or a Muslim a Hindu. We don’t believe that sort of thing. We only try to help the child … what the child’s need is, if the child says “No, I don’t want anything to do with religion”. He lives his own life. But he gets human values. We teach him human value.
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