I’ve included an interview from The Media Show on the BBC for you. We discuss adoption and surrounding topics as well as, in my view, the hugely important subject of media representation of social care. We need to stop confusing confidentiality with secrecy and promote the outstanding work that social care staff achieve.

I had some fantastic feedback from listeners via twitter and so if you missed it you can hear it here. Please do give me your thoughts on it, we can really get some discussion going @DaveNiven or via SpeakPipe on socialworldpodcast.com and I can feature you on next weeks episode.

This weeks interview is with Dez Holmes. Dez is the Director of Research in Practice, having previously been the Assistant Director. Prior to this, Dez was the Programme Manager for the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) responsible for Capacity Building.  Before this she was employed by a Local Authority and worked across directorates (Children & Young People’s Services and Neighbourhoods) in managing and coordinating integrated early intervention services to families.  Dez established and chaired multi-agency Locality Panels as part of this and previously managed multi-agency prevention programmes (YISPs), winning a European Regional Development Fund award for services to children.  She has worked as a lecturer (Social Work MSc) and has several years experience of training and workforce development .

Dez’s frontline experience is largely within youth offending services.  Her research experience is focussed on Participative Action Research with vulnerable groups.  Dez sits on a range of Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) policy committees, is on a number of research advisory boards, and is the chair of a CIC specialising in multimedia activities for profoundly disabled children.  For the past three years Dez has sat on the judging panel for the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

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