Community Care Employer Zone Insights – Podcasts

Welcome to Employer Zone Insights, a podcast from Community Care showcasing social work practice and leadership from around the country. All our podcasts are available on Spotify, Apple and Google platforms.

Wiltshire Council

Norfolk County Council

Essex County Council

Working with parents: breaking down barriers to engagement


This episode was recorded at a session, at Community Care Live 2023, run by Wiltshire Council, in front of a live audience. It features practitioners and the care-experienced young people and fathers whom they support and work with.


Wiltshire Council started two projects, Dads Matter Too and Born Into Care, which are run by two of the speakers on the podcast, Helen Tubb and Ceri Evans. Along with them is participation manager Joe Sutton, who runs the Youth Voice team.


Listen to the episode here.

Supporting practitioners with secondary trauma


Practitioners Jerry, Emma and Rebecca, from adult social care at Norfolk County Council, speak to Sharmeen Ziauddin about how they were supported by Norfolk when they experienced secondary trauma.


Care home residents had been subjected to neglect and abuse which had a significant impact on practitioners who witnessed some of what was going on. Learn more about how secondary trauma can affect social workers.

Listen to the episode here.

What does it feel like to work in an anti-racist environment?


Essex County Council’s adult social care service started its journey to embed anti-racist practice almost two years ago and is seeing promising examples of change across its workforce.


Hear from Alison Ansell, director of adult social care for mid Essex, deputy manager Ganiyat Asiegbu and development manager for race Phil Chiza about how Essex is bringing a culture of anti-racist practice into its service.


And come and see them at Community Care Live 2023, on 10-11 October, where Essex will be our event partner for the sixth year in succession.

Listen to the episode here.

Wiltshire Council

Child-focused case recording 



Wiltshire Council’s principle social worker Fiona Hayward and youth voice worker Cameron Draisy explain how Wiltshire has embedded a new style of case-recording.

Keeping the child at the centre, they explain to Sharmeen Ziauddin, assistant careers editor at Community Care, how this innovative approach is helping young people and families in Wiltshire.

Listen to the episode here.

London Borough of Newham

Newham reshaping practice in its improvement journey


Becoming a centre of excellence for social work practice is one of goals the London Borough of Newham has outlined as part of their improvement journey.


Kirsty Ayakwah, Community Care’s careers editor, speaks with Tim Aldridge, corporate director of children’s services and Joyce, a social worker in the children and young people’s service, to find out more.

Hampshire County Council

What is innovation when it comes to social work practice?


Judy Cooper, associate editor with Community Care, is joined by Katy Burch, assistant director at the Institute for Public Care at Oxford Brookes University.


She and her team have undertaken numerous evaluations of projects funded by the government’s social care innovation fund (and the transformation fund in Wales). Click here for more.

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