Community development work: The approach in Camden Council

This podcast looks at Camden Council's role in community development, relational activism, and how the strength of the community has helped to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Dyfrig Williams, Learning Events Co-ordinator at Research in Practice speaks to Becca Dove, Head of Family Support and Complex Families, and Tim Fisher, service manager for Family Group Conferencing and restorative practice at Camden Council.

They talk about the council’s role in community development, relational activism, and how the strength of the community has helped to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. This is the first in a series of podcasts on the topic of community development.

Talking points

Becca, Tim and Dyfrig discuss:

  • How a community is defined.
  • The origins of Camden Council’s community development approach.
  • The council’s role in community development.
  • Re-distributing power.
  • How previous work has enabled the council to better deal with the impact of COVID-19.
  • The key challenges that COVID-19 has posed and how they have been overcome.
  • Advice for others wanting to do similar work.

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Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Effective use of power and authority | Purposeful and effective social work | Emotionally intelligent practice supervision | Creating a context for excellent practice | Designing a system to support effective practice

PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Contexts and organisations