Thing 10: Podcasts

Learn about podcasts, how to access them, and which ones might support your learning and development.

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Podcasts are digital audio files which are made available to download to a device such as mp3 player, mobile phone or computer. They can also be played ‘on-demand’ where an internet connection is available. You can listen to podcasts at a time and place that’s convenient for you. For example, you could listen to a podcast using headphones whilst on a bus, or through your car stereo. One of the advantages of podcasts is, unlike live radio, you can pause, rewind and replay the audio.

Podcasts are an example of ‘narrowcasting’ – that is to say that they are created for special interest audiences. As a result, there are podcasts available on an incredible number of subjects.


a) Find and listen to, or watch a podcast on a topic related to your practice. Some suggestions are found below, but we encourage you to find others.

‘Say Why to Drugs’ on acast – Drugs and drug use.

‘Social Care Ideas Factory’ on Audioboom – Social care topics.

‘Thoughts on the Social World’ – Social work and social care education and training.

‘IRISS.FM’ – Discussions, debate and lectures on current topics of interest in the social services.

‘Podsocs’ – Podcasts for ‘social workers on the run’.

Health and Social Care Academy‘ on Soundcloud – health and social care topics.

LearnCast‘ – the podcast from the SSSC Digital Learning Team.

b) Blog.

Write a blog post of at least 100 words on the role you think podcasts might play in supporting your learning and practice. You should provide a link to the podcast you listened to, and discuss how useful and interesting you found it to be.

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