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Social workers (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at the stereotypes surrounding social workers, in light of a new six part documentary which follows a year in the life of social workers from a children’s services unit in Bristol. Host Jenni Murray is joined by Annie Hudson, Head of Children's Services with Bristol City Council and Clare Phipps, a social worker with the Looked After Children Team. Jenni asks them how we can change public perceptions of what seems to be one of the most vilified professions in the country.

Prove Me the Bam! Victimisation and Agency in the Lives of Young Women Who Commit Violent Offences

This podcast is part of the Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series. In this podcast Susan Batchelor talks about victimisation in the lives of young women who commit violent offences.

Children in care (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series asks if children who get taken into care should be looked after by strangers or by members of their own family. The Children's Act says children should be looked after by family members - if they want to take on the responsibility and are deemed suitable. But on Woman's Hour, the Family Rights Group says family and friends are too often ignored or rebuffed by social services. If the family does get approved they don't always get the financial support they need.

Life as a teenager (Radio 4 series: The seven ages of humanity)

Four Radio 4 programmes in a series about the health and wellbeing of the seven ages of humanity, presented by Connie St Louis. These four programmes explore the teenage years. The first programme looks at the hormonal changes that are the hallmark of the teenage years, the second looks at teenage behaviour and the third at how adolescents relate to those around them. The final programme of the series looks at the later stages of adolescence.

The gang as street organisation (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on gangs and looks at what happens when a violent gang tries to refashion itself as a political movement. David Brotherton, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is co-author of 'The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang', an account of his experience of the notorious New York branch of an American super gang and its decision to go straight. He joins Laurie Taylor to discuss. The segment is first in the audio clip.

Sexual tension (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on sexual tension. Although modern societies seem to be becoming more liberal about sex it appears that at the same time many anxieties remain. Laurie Taylor discusses with Professor Sue Scott why the very subject of sex makes some people feel tense. The segment is second in the audio clip after a discussion on post soviet society and health.

Evidence based research (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on evidence based research. The government has been strongly committed to evidence-based policy and practice. It wants to use evidence of what works to inform and drive ambitious and innovative social programmes. Issues surrounding how evidence-based research is used and whether policy is based on evidence or informed by it.

Mentoring (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at mentoring and if young people who are likely to fall foul to the law could be identified before they actually offend. The Community Service Volunteers has set up a scheme which has already proved successful. The Mentors and Peers (MAP) project matches young people with volunteer mentors who meet regularly for a period of six months. One such young person is 11 year old Bobby who is anxious to avoid the fate of elder brothers who have served prison sentences.

Mind changers : Programme 1 : Solomon Asch (Radio 4 series: Landmark experiments in psychology)

The first programme in the series looks at the American social psychologist Solomon Asch and his studies on conformity in the 1950s. Claudia Hammond investigates the reasons for conformity and asks whether we're more or less likely to conform today.

Report on autism (Radio 4 series: You and Yours)

More than half a million people in Britain have autism, and the numbers of diagnosed cases is rising rapidly. Yet we know very little about this puzzling condition. In a month-long series of programmes and features, Radio 4 attempt to separate fact from theory, and to find out what is available to help autistic children and adults, and their families.