Choose 3 of your direct observations carried out in your PLO. Using these as the context, produce a critical reflection on what you have learned about your own practice.
The purpose of this assignment is to critically reflect on how effective my practice is by analysing my own direct work with service users and colleagues whilst on placement at a children’s home. It is vital for me to be able to reflect on my own practice as I can adapt how I think, feel and behave in order to better meet the needs of service users. This statement is agreed by Horner (2004) who suggests that ‘reflection is a prerequisite to being an effective social worker, as it requires an approach that questions our thoughts, experiences and actions’. Throughout all three observations I have shown an improvement in my ability to prepare for the observations and therefore helped improve the effectiveness of this direct work. An example of my preparation would be putting a lot of thought and planning into the meeting with the young person which will. Preparation has included some of the finer details such as what questions I am going to ask, factors that will affect that young person individually and adopting strategies tailored to any given situation that will allow me to react in a professional and effective way under challenging or unforeseen circumstances. Quote. I have also prepared for direct observations by using theory to underpin the intervention I am about to do. In some early observations I have found this difficult as I was trying to apply certain theories to young people without any real evidence that their behaviours were attributed to a certain theory such as attachment. I have acknowledged through feedback that it is dangerous to generalise and assume that every young person behaves or feels a certain way due to a certain theory. Furthermore when trying to understand young people you need to justify why you have come to certain conclusions about them and the best way to work...
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