Podcast of a talk by Alan Baird, Director of Social Work, Dundee City Council, given at the Social Work Changes Lives event, Dundee, 11/09/2009.
The JRF's public consultation revealed a strong sense of unease about some of the changes shaping British society. This Viewpoint continues the discussion about modern ‘socialevils’ on the theme of ‘inequality’. Jeremy Seabrook argues that, in the face of extraordinary imbalances in society, the myth that accumulating wealth is the supreme human purpose needs to be replaced before any improvement will occur.
Harsh Realities looks at how doctors, nurses, social services, and advisers take vital decisions about people's lives. The second programme in the series tackles child disability and the stark choices facing parents and professionals when a baby is born severely disabled. In each programme, Niall Dickson will be joined by professionals who have direct experience of the subject under discussion. In order to listen to this programme select programme 1 for audio access.
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.