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BJSW Editor’s Choice Video Podcast


The editors of the British Journal of Social Work have launched a new series of Editor’s Choice Video Podcasts.

In the inaugural episode we hear Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis talking with Prof Harry Ferguson. On behalf of the research team, Harry presents an excellent example of ethnographic research in high risk child protection social work. Data was collected over 15 months, observing social workers in two different social work departments. The research questions asked:

How do social workers begin, develop and sustain relationships with children and families over time (or not)? and

What is the influence of organisational cultures, office designs and forms of staff support on social workers and their relationships with children and families?

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Harry explores how participant observation of social workers over time can provide deep insights into practice.