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The law and aspects of the legal system have a massive impact on the lives of social workers, from defining policy and procedure to the actual process of day-to-day working. This album presents an encompassing and engrossing look at the interaction between legal and social teams, and how different professions and groups interact to ensure equality and representation for all members of society. Not only do these discussions offer an insight into the justification and implementation of policy, they also provide illumination onto the realities and experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This material forms part of The Open University course K269 Social care, social work and the law (England and Wales).

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Track 7: Independent social work service

The issue of representation is key in all social work services. Two key aspects are highlighted here: the representation of children’s wishes and presenting in court.

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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Social care, social work and the law    A short introduction to this album. Play now Social care, social work and the law
2 Social workers and the law    The legal implications surrounding social work are varied and intricate. Stewart Vernon defines and highlights the implications of training and the punitive aspects of the law. Play now Social workers and the law
3 Children and the law    Three practitioners discuss detailed aspects of the law when working with children, including public and private law, children’s rights and independent services such as Childline. Play now Children and the law
4 Race and rights    These two interviews investigate both general and specific aspects of approaches to race and ethnicity, including policy from the Racial Equality Commission and the reality of working in the system. Play now Race and rights
5 Parents against injustice    What happens when parents are treated unfairly by the Social Services? Sue Amphlett, who experienced such treatment, talks frankly about her group and how parents can fight unfair decisions. Play now Parents against injustice
6 Experiences of social work    Penelope Welbourne was a social worker for ten years before becoming a lecturer. She describes her experiences, key principles of the work, and offers invaluable advice to students and practitioners alike. Play now Experiences of social work
7 Independent social work service    The issue of representation is key in all social work services. Two key aspects are highlighted here: the representation of children’s wishes and presenting in court. Play now Independent social work service
8 Life after care    Ruth Hayman spent many years living in care and foster homes. She talks about her experiences, as well as problems and the ways previous users can improve the current system. Play now Life after care
9 Mediation services    Divorce can be a traumatic time for children and parents alike. Mediation services offer independent, unbiased communication that can help ease relationships and ensure the welfare of all parties. Play now Mediation services
10 Welfare in education    The schools system and Social Services are often inexorably linked. Fiona Wraith, and education welfare officer, highlights how schools can help and uncover young people in need. Play now Welfare in education
11 Working with older people    These discussions examine the rights and lives of older people, firstly by looking at the work of rights group Age Concern, secondly by spotlighting the disturbing prevalence of elder abuse. Play now Working with older people
12 Voices for vulnerable adults    How are the voices of vulnerable adults heard and responded to? Workers in community programmes and support groups illustrate the importance of ensuring under-represented adults are listened to and respected. Play now Voices for vulnerable adults
13 The role of the approved social worker    Jeanette Henderson is an approved social worker. Describing aspects of her work, particularly the experiences of appearing in court, she also dispenses invaluable and insightful advice. Play now The role of the approved social worker
14 The barrister’s perspective    Mark Mullins, a barrister, offers his unique viewpoint on the interaction of social workers with the court system. He defines the different types of proceedings, along with limitations and working with families. Play now The barrister’s perspective




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