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Perspectives on social work: individual stories
Perspectives on social work: individual stories

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Video interviews

Allow 45 minutes As you watch the videos, jot down the different life experiences of the speakers. When you have watched the videos, answer the questions below.

Siân Parry - Service user

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Mr Howell Mudd - Carer

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Mags Thomas - Social worker

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Linda Jones - Social work manager

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What life events or turning points impacted on the lives of the individuals in the videos?

Make some notes on your own life and about your current situation. What life events or turning points have had an impact on you and the decisions and choices you have made?

  1. What do you understand from the interviews about the importance of relationship in social work practice? (Listen in particular to the social worker talking about using her personality.) What do you think the carer means when he says there’s something missing between himself and the social worker who doesn’t speak Welsh?
  2. What do the individuals in the videos suggest are the qualities necessary for good social work practice? What are the similarities and differences between the qualities identified by the various individuals?
  3. What impact has social work intervention had on the life of the service user? The carer? Why is it important that social workers have an understanding of the nation in which they are working and the language needs of the people they work with?
  4. What did you learn most from watching the interviews that you think would be important for social work practice?