Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.

Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.

Recording: Purpose, Importance, Techniques

Recording: Purpose, importance, techniques

Key Points of Chapter

  • Clear and contemporary recording is critical to effective social work
  • Recording must be done in the interests of promoting best social work practice, not merely compliance with deadlines/monitoring
  • Your IT skills must be well developed
  • The child must be visible, and central, to your recording
  • You must use supervision and the practice wisdom of colleagues to help develop your skills in recording
  • Always differentiate opinion from fact
  • Be analytical and make judgements based on research and practice evidence
  • Involve families and children in awareness of, and possibly as contributors to, your recording

Proposed Professional Capabilities Framework areas covered in this chapter

  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge
  • Critical Reflection and Analysis
  • Contexts and Organisations
  • Professional Leadership

(Social Work Reform Board, 2010 - see Appendix 1)

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