Episode 283 - Dr. Robin Leake: Child Welfare and COVID-19: Ensuring safety and well-being in a global pandemic

Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 10:30:07 AM

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Welcome back! In this episode, our guest Dr. Robin Leake - Project Director for National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) discusses how social workers are navigating the impact of the Coronavirus on child welfare systems, the people they serve, and the workers who serve them. She details how workers are attending to their core mission, how they are supporting families, and how they are struggling with the impact on their own lives as they adapt to the severe disruptions the pandemic has introduced.

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Average Rating: 5stars  protecting children through covid, Thursday, March 04, 2021

By Hamina R. :

This was a powerful podcast to listen to; although I knew about child/ domestic abuse I never stopped to think about how those children/ individuals are doing throughout COVID especially, now that we have to stay inside. This brought up many great points such as those individuals have resources and access to social workers, but not in the same ways they did prior. I feel as though nowadays social worker's jobs are made harder because they have to look for signs both spoken and unspoken; this may stem from the fear being placed on the neglected/ abused individual. I like how social workers are using technology to further their job and influence their client's lives.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Saturday, February 13, 2021

By Pabitra Dahal :

This was a very informative podcast, and I absolutely enjoyed listening to it. She did a really well job explaining the current situation. As an MSW student, I know that ensuring safety in child welfare agencies was a challenge, just as Dr. Leake explained. Something that I would like to agree with DR. Leake is that " Covid-19 has really shined a spotlight on these really deep seated inequities in our society and our health care system for communities of color and underserved communities and tribal communities". It was a pleasure listening to Dr. Leake.

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Average Rating: 5stars  sustainability of virtual communication, Monday, February 08, 2021

By MSW Student :

I found this podcast to be very informative. As an intern at an afterschool program for youth, I saw first hand how in-person to virtual communication was adapted, and it was not an easy process for the teachers or the students. In fact, our program lost a majority of the youth enrolled in the program because virtual classes had less of an impact. This podcast was informative for me because I did not realize courts were shut down during the pandemic. I thought there would be a strong second plan. Many children await court dates like birthdays, especially when being placed into a new home. I cannot imagine how hard prolonging this grueling process must have been for the youths. On the one hand, virtual communication through a computer screen lacks the ability for the client to connect with their worker on a deeper level. My mom (being a kindergarten teacher who is now teaching virtually) finds it hard to keep her students’ attention and track their academic progress. I feel as though it could be similar situation with a younger client and a social worker. On the other hand, virtual communication has made it easier for people to meet with doctors by Telehealth, and speak to family members on Zoom. I liked that Dr. Leake mentioned how these virtual innovations could stick around for the people it benefits the most.

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Average Rating: 5stars  very insightful episode , Monday, February 08, 2021

By Anonymous :

This episode was indeed very timely and provided good insights to the specific disruptions caused by the pandemic to families, children, and the entire child welfare workforce system that supports them. It is also incredibly amazing to identify with resilient social workers who quickly had to swing into action and learn to adapt to the sudden change brought about by the pandemic, and swiftly respond with unconventional strategies to get their work done as best and as safely as possible.
More than ever before, the world, and indeed many professions that previously did not heavily rely on technology must now appreciate the importance of technology in the era that we are in. It is sad that it took a pandemic for us to realize this and implement strategies that are now in place to support social workers in their work with their clients, and especially with children and their families who should maintain regular and healthy connections. I cannot imagine how life would have been, or how it must be for poor communities and families, who might not be able to afford the necessary technological tools like smart phones, computers or tablets and internet connection, to stay connected to their families and loved ones.
I can also agree with Dr. Robin Leake on how this abrupt change must have also affected child welfare workers in their professional and personal lives, especially with having to work from home, while also taking care of their own children and other family members. As a mother and student social worker interning with an institute that deals to an extent with families, I can certainly relate to this.
I believe that future social workers like myself have learnt and are still learning important lessons from this pandemic experience, including the ability to maintain a flexible yet creative and innovative approaches to the many issues and challenges that may arise as we work together to help people, and make our world a happy and more loveable place.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great podcast, Sunday, July 12, 2020

By MB :

Very informative, relevant to our current work climate and resource building for others.

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