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“Discuss how professionals with responsibilities for children can use reflection as a tool to enhance their practice. Further consider how professionals can maintain their ethical integrity in environments which require an ability to work with many paradoxes.”

Assessment: Essay

There is a single assessment for this module (worth 100%), namely an essay, with the following set title:

 “Discuss how professionals with responsibilities for children can use reflection as a tool to enhance their practice. Further consider how professionals can maintain their ethical integrity in environments which require an ability to work with many paradoxes.”

As with any assessment, the question will need to carefully considered and “unpacked”. In this respect there are three distinct but related aspects, as below:

1.Critically analyse contemporary professional issues relating to direct practice with children and families. We would expect you to include at least 2 pertinent and current professional issues to be discussed within your chosen practice area. What is most important here is to evidence critical analysis within your discussion.

2. How do professionals with responsibilities for children use reflection as a tool to enhance their practice? You will be expected to critically analyse and synthesise your discussion with models and theories of reflective practice.

3. How can professionals maintain their ethical integrity in environments which require an ability to work with many paradoxes?

Consider pertinent ethical issues (again one or two is fine) in relation to your chosen area of professional practice.

You will also be required to show a beginning understanding of the theory of paradox and change and integrate this within your discussion. NB: The only limit on the area of professional practice to be considered is that its purpose must include a clear responsibility for children.

 In terms of part 1, you need to explain what the tensions/issues/paradoxes are in the social work profession and what causes them? You need to be able to support your arguments with evidence here. This means relevant and recent studies in the area you are looking at, e.g. Scotland.

In part 2, contextualise reflection theories. I’d suggest reflecting (!) on whether theoretical frameworks have been used by others specifically in the social work profession and also how (again the literature would be useful here). The key point here is to explain why these theory/theories are important for social worker’s profession and how they are to be used/implemented. 

In part 3, you need to look for theories/models that encourage social workers to maintain their ethical integrity. In other words, are there any models that could help social worker’s cope with these tensions? If so, in what way? What do these models suggest and how are they to be implemented? Are there any challenges in ‘using’ these? 

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