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.

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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…show more content…
For the purposes of this assignment I will name (J) I used a strengths perspective to allow him to focus on the positives he has achieved such as attendance at work and good behaviour. I did this because I thought that if the young person was hearing from myself that I appreciated and valued certain things that he had achieved, this may give him a more positive outlook upon himself. This approach is backed by Saleeby (2006) who states that ‘A strength perspective demands a different way of seeing clients, their environments and their current situation. Rather than focusing exclusively or dominantly on problems, your eye turns towards possibility.. .’ I have discovered that it is important when preparing for direct work to gain knowledge of a young person through recordings of their past, however it could be argued that profiles can ‘demonize’ young people and I have reflected on this by trying to dispel any prejudices which may have negative influences on my feelings towards that young person and the way in which I work with them. I have demonstrated this by focussing on the positives in young people and also by keeping in mind that there are reasons such as neglect and harm that may have contributed to the way they have or do behave. I have evidenced in my preparation and reflections on the importance of direct work being of benefit to the young person (D) and an attempt to make positive changes to their care. I advocated for this

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