**This is not intended to be a complete analysis of the situation, but happy to do that if people want it. This is no criticism to the BBC, who have in the past represented storylines involving social workers incredibly well, just a professional view point on this particular story**
Never have I really felt so strongly towards a soap storyline involving a social worker. Last night I was sat around a friend’s house, catching up with them and eating takeaway whilst watching Eastenders. It was the storyline where Lola had her baby removed from her care by the police and her social worker. I haven’t really been following the storyline, but have seen the odd episode.
So, I can see by my search terms on here that some people, who seem to be looking into studying social work/social care, are finding their way to my blog. If I find time to get a website built, I will upload some of the materials I have used when speaking to people who want to go into social care. From my post prior to this, you saw what my degree included, and whilst there are similarities in degree courses, the content also varies from university to university, and of course from undergraduate to postgraduate degree courses.
This post was inspired by a search engine term that took someone to this blog. They searched ‘everything thats in a social work degree’. I have to say, this took me back to when I was thinking about studying social work as quite obviously it was the content that made me want to pursue the course. I remember I applied for social work at a number of universities, and ‘youth work with public health‘ at another. My enthusiasm for community work, engaging groups of people, voluntary participation and informal education prompted my second course choice, but ultimately social work was the career for me.
If we all take ourselves back to when we first joined our cohort on the social work degree programme, I can imagine every single one of us were keen and enthusiastic to work therapeutically with individuals whilst also promoting social change. Continue reading →