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Network launched to provide critical reflection for social workers

Posted on 17/02/2012
Network launched to provide critical reflection for social workers

A Critical Reflection Network developed by the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London has been launched to help social workers operating in increasingly difficult circumstances.

The network, which was developed by Professor Jan Fook when she was a professor at the College, aims at providing social workers with the tools to learn and critically reflect on the complex and integrated nature of experience when working with individuals and families.

The Critical Reflection Network includes departmental staff and representatives from employer agencies, including Kensington and Chelsea, Hounslow, Lewisham and Wandsworth, who are already using Professor Fook’s model. The aims of the network are to:

  •  Develop critical reflection facilitation skills
  •  Promote the use of critical reflection in the agencies and on the social work programmes
  •  Develop best practice guidelines for critical reflection facilitation
  •  Bid for funding to support the development and evaluation of critical reflection as a tool for professionals.

Anna Gupta, Head of Social Work at Royal Holloway, said: “As working practices become bogged down by bureaucracy, technical-rational approaches and performance management agendas there is a need for reflective practice.

“Practitioners need to be more critically reflective, and recognise the complexities and power dynamics inherent in much contemporary social work.”

The Critical Reflection Network meets once every three-to-four months to discuss the use of Critical Reflection in agencies and support facilitators of Critical Reflection seminars. There are also plans to develop a training programme for facilitators of Critical Reflection and explore possibilities for funding grants to evaluate the use of critical reflection in organizations.

If you would like to find out more about the Critical Reflection Network, please contact Anna Gupta.  


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