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What difference does it make? Social work practice and post-qualifying awards

Rixon, Andy and Ward, Rebecca (2012). What difference does it make? Social work practice and post-qualifying awards. Practice: Social Work in Action, 24(3) pp. 147–159.

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Abstract

Debates about the social work task and the nature of the continuing professional development (CPD) needed to support it are long standing and continue to be the subject of scrutiny. Despite being viewed as key to the advancement of professional practice the real impact on practice of CPD remains under-researched. This paper reports on a small scale evaluation of child and adult care social workers who were undertaking a post-qualifying (PQ) award specifically focussing on whether changes in practice could be identified. The findings conclude that practice in some areas such as working with risk were subject to significant change but others, including direct work, were not and highlights some of the reasons why this appeared to be the case. It is also suggested that undertaking an award was equally significant to social workers in relation to their levels of confidence particularly in the increasingly inter-professional practice arena.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 British Asociation of Social Wokers
ISSN: 0950-3153
Keywords: social work practice; post-qualifying awards; continuing professional development
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 35586
Depositing User: Andrew Rixon
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 10:22
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 12:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/35586
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