“The first text to systematically address the learning needs of post-qualifying child care social workers. Soundly organized and engagingly written with useful summaries and reflective exercises for students, it is a very fine text that will be widely used.”

– Nick Pike, University of Gloucestershire

This textbook provides an overview of the Post Qualifying Child Care Award in social work. Written in response to recent policy and training guidelines, it provides the underpinning knowledge for candidates following the Post Qualifying curriculum. It helps child care social workers acquire and develop the breadth of knowledge and understanding that characterise best practice.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters on reflective collaborative and critical practice; child development; child observation; case management and managing risk; working in partnership with children and families; inter-professional working and practice education
  • Offers links to the relevant post qualifying standards for social work
  • Presents contributions from a team of practice assessors and program candidates
  • Provides a practice-based approach — clearly links theory, research and practice
  • Gives an inter-professional perspective
  • Incorporates case studies, activities and points for reflection that encourage the reader to develop ways of challenging and improving their own practice

The book equips social workers with the relevant training, knowledge and skills to improve the quality of services and their delivery. With an emphasis upon continuing professional development, this text is suitable for social workers studying for the Child Care Award, those already in practice and other social care professionals working with children.

Reflective Practice and Reflective Spaces

Reflective practice and reflective spaces

Chapter Learning Aims

  • To provide an awareness of the contribution of reflective practice to ethically informed and effective practice
  • To develop practitioners’ understanding of the different types of reflective practice
  • To outline individual and collaborative support mechanisms and the necessary personal qualities and organisational conditions that promote and sustain reflective practice

Introduction: The Emergence of Reflective Practice

Over the past 15 years, the term ‘reflective practitioner’ has crept into social work education and practice. The gradual absorption of the notion of the reflective practitioner into mainstream social work practice has been accompanied by an assumption that everyone knows what being a reflective practitioner involves and how becoming a reflective practitioner is facilitated and realised. The substantial literature that explores the differing ...

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