reflective practice

Topics: Critical thinking, Scientific method, Sociology Pages: 3 (854 words) Published: August 29, 2014
Assessing social work practice using the PCF
Integrated Critical analysis and reflective practice

Critical reflection and critically reflective practice are central to social work – indeed ‘Critical Reflection and Analysis’ is one of the nine domains of the PCF, with capability statements built into all levels. However, aspects of critical analysis and reflective practice are built into many domains within the PCF. For example, how does a student social worker learn about ‘professional and personal boundaries’ without the ability to reflect on their experiences from practice?

Some central principles within critical analysis and
reflective practice that should be demonstrated are
the ability to
- plan, conceiving a range of different
hypotheses and scenarios (domain 5,6)
- identify and draw on different sources of
knowledge, theory and research to assess
and plan their work (domain 5)
- describe and analyse what took place,
including impact on self and others (
domain 6,
- evaluate what took place, including
critiquing own practice and considering
alternative approaches that might have
been used or that you might use in the
future (domain 6, 7 )
- revise hypothesis in light of this action and
reflection and plan next steps (domain 6,2)
- draw on evidence to use your professional
judgement to influence decision making
(domain 5,6)
It thus entails insight, exploratory and creative
thinking for each unique piece of practice. Over
time, social work practitioners should become
highly skilled in this so that it is also possible to
PCF21-Integrated Critical Reflective Practice September 2012

Case example:
Retha was finding the case really
taxing. There was a lot of pressure
to ‘do’ something because of
concerns about what ‘might’
happen. She consulted her
professional lead on safeguarding
(domain 1) and together they
considered the legal frameworks
that were available to support any
intervention (domain 8). The key
question was...
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