The overall purpose of this task is for to you demonstrate that you are able to justify and critically analyse your own practice in relation to social work law, knowledge, skills and values relating to: social work methods and models of intervention; ethical dilemmas; inter-professional challenges and/or dilemmas; risk and resilience; research; and/or evidence based practice. You must accurately reference your work throughout.
Provide a critical reflection on a piece of work you have undertaken with an individual, family or group. Include brief references to the PCF, legislation, and relevant literature to support your discussions and evaluate your learning, and include a reference list.
- Provide a brief introductory paragraph regarding the event/case, including the main reason for the agency’s involvement.
- Outline how you assessed and planned your work
- Outline what interventions you actually carried out and why
- Include a critical evaluation of your understanding and use of professional judgement and autonomy.
- Discuss and evaluate how you assessed and managed risk
- What skills, methods and approaches did you consider or apply to your practice
- What helped you to reflect on your practice and development
- Include the challenges and dilemmas you faced and how you addressed these
- Reflect on what you learnt about yourself (self-awareness), your skills, your values, and your resilience
- What future learning needs have you identified and how will you address these
I need to write a critical reflective piece of work about a young person in placement in the leaving care team.
I previously had contact with this young person when I was on placement last year in a foster agency. This young person was on my caseload then and on my final placement I have the young person on my case load in the leaving care team.
This young person and her family have been known to social services since 2005. The issues surrounding social services being involved is round the young persons mum not being able to cope with the young persons behaviour. The young person has been diagnosed with ADHD and ODD and her childhood has been challenging with her presenting aggressive and violent behaviours.
Initially after leaving her mothers home the young person went to live with her grandparents but her behaviours became too much for the grandparents and they asked for social services to intervene. At this point the young person was self harming as well and the grandparents did not feel that they could keep her safe.
The young person was eventually accommodated under a section 20.
The young person has had two foster placements break down due to her behaviour and when I met her she had been placed in a new foster placement. The young person has displayed signs of aggressive behaviours verbally and physically but she seemed t overcome these, she was able to speak to both foster carers and the problems seemed to get resolved. The young person was attending college and had a new girlfriend, which could be quite volatile at times. Whilst I was in placement the relationship did become a bit fraught and at one time it seemed like the placement was going to breakdown due to her behaviours.
When my placements was finished the placement seemed stable and the young person seemed to understand about the behaviours that she was displaying but she was able to control them.
When starting my second year placement I cam across this young person again and was informed that the previous foster placement where I knew her from had broken down and she as wit new foster carers and had been there for about eight weeks. The previous placement broke down due to volatile behaviours and I believe that the foster carers felt that they were no longer able to cope with the young person. When I went to meet the young person again I could not believe the change that I witnessed. This young person was full of confidence and was very happy with life in general. She was very happy with her new foster placement and felt like she fitted in as part of the family. This young person was more than happy to talk to me about what she had been doing and what she had achieved and this was a huge contrast compared to the previous year when conversation was very hard to get out of the young person.
This young person was extremely positive about her future and was keen to tell me what the involved and how she was going to achieve it. This was lovely to see. Obviously the other placement just wasn’t right for the young person but this placement I feel is going to be extremely beneficial to this young person and will also help her grown towards her own independence and eventually being able to live n her own independently.
Then 100 words approx. for each section relating the domains to the leaving care team in social services
|Domain 1 Professionalism
Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development
|Domain 2 Values and Ethics
Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice
|Domain 3 Diversity
Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice
|Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic well-being
Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well being
|Domain 5 Knowledge
Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory)
|Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis
Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision making
|Domain 7 Intervention and Skill
Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse
|Domain 8 Contexts and Organisations
Engage with, inform and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within organisational frameworks; contribute to the development of the service/organisation. Operate effectively within multi agency and inter-professional partnership settings.
|Domain 9 Professional Leadership
Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management