Unit 302 - Principles of personal development in adult social care settings The numbers in the bracket after each question relate to the assessment criteria in the standards
1. Explain what reflective practice is (1.1.1)
It means that you stop and think about your practice; the process of reflecting on something you have done or a task you have undertaken. You may look at them from different points of view, you think about what went well, what went not so well and how you can improve it in the future.
2. Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided (1.1.2)
Reflective practice is essential in order to carry out our work to the highest standards. It is essential in care work as it means how we can learn from our experience. The social care sector is continuously changing, there are new standards, and however the service users also change. Experience can be beneficial when it is a good practice, a positive experience, or if it is a bad one but it is reflected and consequently changed and improved.
Reflective practice identifies the area you need to improve on, it helps to clarify the aims and objectives, helps to staff to see their work in a wider context, provides access to the views of other team members.
3. Explain how standards inform reflective practice in adult social care (1.1.3)
Standards, such as the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers tell us how we should work. We can use them to think about the way we work and we can ensure us against them.
4. Describe how own values, belief systems and experiences may affect working practice (1.1.4)
Everyone has their own beliefs, values and preferences. When we create friendships, we usually choose people who share our interests and beliefs. However, professional relationships with service users are not the same. As professionals, we are required to provide the same quality support