Reflecting together on CPD: A conversation with Social Work England

This podcast reflects on the importance and benefits of continuing professional development (CPD) for registered social workers, the aims of Social Work England and provides some top tips.

Amanda Richards and Hannah Scott, Research and Development Officers at Research in Practice, talk to Ahmina Akhtar, Regional Engagement lead for Social Work England, Yorkshire and the Humber. They reflect on the importance and benefits of continuing professional development (CPD) for registered social workers, the aims of Social Work England and provide some top tips. 

Talking points

This podcast looks at:

  • The aims of Social Work England as an organisation; how the organisation is different from The Health and Care Professionals Council; what the main challenges have been since taking over and Social Work England’s objectives for the next three years.
  • The benefits to social workers of having their own framework of regulations and standards and what this means for accountability, practice, personal development and better outcomes for people they support.
  • Top tips of how social workers have integrated CPD into their work and how this has helped them develop good habits; ideas of how social workers can bring feedback in from those who access services and how CPD be used to help social workers as a tool to help support their own self-care and manage wellbeing.

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Reflective questions

Having listened to the podcast we have provided some reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice. 

  1. Think about how you can embed CPD into your daily social work practice.
  2. Think about creative ways to gain feedback from those who access services to contribute to your CPD.
  3. Think about how using CPD can bring reflection and learning points about your own wellbeing and resilience.
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Recording and maintaining CPD to support practice

As social care professionals it’s important to demonstrate how you are continuing to develop in your practice. To support you we have brought together resources and guidance that provide an understanding of CPD.
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