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The Social Work Community Podcast

By: Community Care
  • Summary

  • This is a new podcast by Community Care!

    The Social Work Community podcast is where social workers come to discuss the key issues affecting their profession. Whether you are a student or an experienced social worker - whether you are frontline or management, this podcast is for you. You will hear direct from social workers in your community about their successes and their challenges.
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  • Season 1: Which episode was your favourite?
    Apr 2 2024
    In this episode of The Social Work Community Podcast, Kirsty Ayakwah catches up with Sharmeen Ziauddin about the episodes that launched the podcast in October 2023.

    The first season included discussions on racism in the profession, the impact of negative media coverage on social workers, the pros and cons of being a young social and if social workers should be on social media.

    We also shared a moving interview with one social worker not only overcame adversity after moving to the UK as a refugee when he was just a young teen to securing a double win in the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

    We find out which one resonated the most with social workers and share some insights into what we can expect from Season 2.

    If you haven’t heard, we have a new community site called The Social Work Community. The platform offers a safe, positive space to share careers guidance, network with peers and exchange experiences of social work.

    Find a transcript here.

    If you haven’t already, you can sign up now! at the and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @thesocialworkcommunity
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    27 mins
  • The refugee who became social worker of the year
    Mar 1 2024
    In this episode of the Social Work Community podcast, Sharmeen speaks to Omaid Badar, winner of not one but two Social Worker of the Year awards in 2023.

    Omaid tells his incredible story of coming to England as a teenage refugee. He recalls the night he spent in a Bradford police station and what happened when he met a social worker the next morning.

    He explains why he became a social worker and how his own experiences affect his practice.

    Omaid speaks about the importance of restorative practice and building relationships with families and young people.

    What made his colleagues at Kirklees Council nominate him? And what drives him to be the empathetic and compassionate social worker he is?

    Omaid also offers advice on how social workers can support unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

    You can read an interview with Omaid here.

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    45 mins
  • Should social workers be on social media?
    Jan 31 2024
    In this episode we ask whether social workers should be on social media? Sharmeen speaks to two social workers, Yewande and Kayleigh, who are also YouTubers.

    Yewande’s an experienced social worker and manager in child protection. Her YouTube channel Young Black Social Worker focuses on social work content for students, newly qualified and experienced social workers.
    Joining her is Kayleigh a social worker who has experience working in various different adult services across some of the most deprived areas of England. She shares all her insights on her YouTube channel, Kayleigh Rose Evans. Both started their channels in the beginning of the pandemic, back in early 2020, and both have thousands of subscribers on YouTube and followers on Instagram. And they are both on TikTok too.

    Why did they create a public social media profile about their work as social workers?

    What are some of the positives and negatives of having a presence on social media?

    They talk about confidence and also give advice for students and newly qualified social workers on how to use social media personally and professionally, in a safe way.

    Here is the transcipt to this episode.

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    33 mins

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