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“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.

Child Observation and Professional Practice
Child observation and professional practice
FionaMcKinnon
Chapter Learning Aims
  • To explore the impact of the experience of undertaking child observation and participating in seminar discussions from the PQ Child Care candidate perspective.
  • To identify practitioner perspectives, views and learning from undertaking child observation training and explore their application to reflective child care practice.
  • To offer an understanding of the challenges and implications for social work organisations of using child observation as part of reflective and ethical professional social work practice.
Introduction

This chapter develops the ideas introduced in Chapter 4 which outlined the principles of the Tavistock Model of child observation and focuses specifically on the impact of child observation on PQ Child Care candidates1. It identifies the importance of the contribution of child observation to child-focused, ...

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