Magic dust and more: Reflections with Love Barrow Families

Published: 05/07/2021

This podcast discusses the importance of kindness, compassion, honesty, accepting people as they are and being non-judgmental with two people who have lived experience of services.

Julie Wilkinson, Senior Research and Development Officer at Research in Practice, speaks to Wayne and Diane about their experiences of working with Love Barrow Families

They are joined by Trina Robson, one of the Directors at Love Barrow Families, who has supported both Wayne and Diane. This podcast follows on from a previous podcast with Trina, where she talks about the origins of Love Barrow Families: Working with the community: Love Barrow Families.

In this podcast, Wayne and Diane talk about what it was about Love Barrow Families that helped them to make changes in their lives. They discuss the importance of kindness, compassion, honesty, accepting people as they are and being non-judgmental.

Talking points

This podcast looks at:

  • How Wayne and Diane first started to work with Love Barrow Families.
  • What it was about Love Barrow Families, and the people working there, which helped them:

‘Love Barrow families were there so you didn’t have to struggle. Love Barrow Families became my family, someone to give me advice when I needed it’.

  • How the support from Love Barrow Families differed from that of other services:

‘It was new to me being part of a service and being accepted as a person’.

  • How their lives have changed after working with Love Barrow Families:

‘I talk, I like to help people, I have dreams for the future, I have no social worker involvement. I love helping people and spreading the magic dust. I’ve built up a new reputation of who I am.’

  • What other services can learn from Love Barrow Families’ approach to supporting families:

‘You just have to act kind, be nice to people, listen to them, be open, take consideration of people’s past. Don’t treat people as a number, treat them as a person’.

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Reflective questions

Here are some reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice. 

  1. How does listening to Wayne and Diane make you feel about your own practice?
  2. What are the key messages from this podcast that you can incorporate into practice?
  3. How will you take forward these messages at a team/organisational level?
  4. What will you do differently in the future to make a positive difference to the lives of children and families?

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Promote and govern excellent practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Effective use of power and authority | Developing excellent practitioners | Lead and govern excellent practice

PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Intervention and skills

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