Jul 22, 2013
As a forester starting out with no qualifications in social work, Tuhinul did voluntary work with street children and the children of sex workers in Bangladesh. Conscious of the need for a theoretical grounding he came to the University of East Anglia and subsequently gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
In this discussion he talks about bridging the gap between academics and practice. He explains that by learning about attachment he reversed the policy of not allowing contact with birth mothers, which led to an immediate reduction in the rate of absconding from residential care homes.
He also talks about the different kinds of residential home in Bangladesh and explains the differences in the outcomes they achieve: the madrasah, or faith based institutions, appear to do better with fewer resources than the Government or NGO institutions. He believes the reason for this is rooted in religion and strong family ties, and he reflects on practice in the more secular UK.
For a list of Tuhinul's publications see his LinkedIn profile Tuhinul Islam Khalil, PhD.
Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free