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This album tackles the complex relationships social workers experience in the wide spectrum of their work, from those with families affected by social deprivation to those with judges, lawyers and other members of the legal system. The tracks analyse the role of the family in Scottish life in relation to the many voluntary bodies that exist to assist and inform them, and the legal obligations of social workers. Participants from single mothers to solicitors presented their perspectives in a series of frank, informative interviews.

This material forms part of The Open University course K207 The law and social work in Scotland.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: The law and social work in Scotland

A short introduction to this album


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The law and social work in Scotland    A short introduction to this album Play now The law and social work in Scotland
2 The legal perspective    A social worker describes her experiences working in the Scottish system, giving examples of cases and the procedures involved in her day-to-day life. Play now The legal perspective
3 The legal services council    Colin Moodie explains the Legal Services Council, a body which advises the Council on legality and social work issues. He highlights the clashes that can occur between social workers and solicitors. Play now The legal services council
4 The family services unit    Marina Shaw works with the family services unit, a voluntary group who work with families affected by drug and alcohol misuse. She describes the focus and examples of her work, along with helpful advice. Play now The family services unit
5 Risks in social work    In Glasgow, Bridget Rothwell trains staff at Barnardo’s. She discusses the different types of risk inherent in aspects of social work, including personal and physical intimidation and how lifestyle can be negatively affected. Play now Risks in social work
6 Criminal justice social work    A fascinating look into the criminal justice system and how it intersects with Social Services in Scotland, highlighting the importance of the service user but also the responsibility that comes with this approach. Play now Criminal justice social work
7 The sheriff’s court    Sheriff Frank Crowe discusses his experiences of working in the Scottish legal system, how this differs from its counterpart in England and Wales, and the mutually beneficial partnership with social workers. Play now The sheriff’s court
8 Long-term caring    Caring for a loved one with challenging medical difficulties can be a difficult task. Isobel Allan has cared for her daughter for 26 years, and discusses her experiences and lifestyle. Play now Long-term caring
9 Maintaining standards of care    The Legal Services Care Commission ensures that the quality of care in Scotland is upheld. Annabell Fowles describes the demands of inspecting both the workforce and amenities. Play now Maintaining standards of care
10 Refugees and asylum seekers    Sally Daghlian works for the Scottish Refugee Council, and describes cultural barriers and the services available to those seeking asylum in Scotland. Play now Refugees and asylum seekers

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