Capabilities Within The Framework

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Professionalism

Social workers are members of an internationally recognised profession, a title protected in UK law. Social workers demonstrate professional commitment by taking responsibility for their conduct, practice and learning, with support through supervision. As representatives of the social work profession they safeguard its reputation and are accountable to the professional regulator.

  • Be able to meet the requirements of the professional regulator
  • Be able to explain the role of the social worker in a range of contexts, and uphold the reputation of the profession
  • Make pro active use of supervision to reflect critically on practice, explore different approaches to your work, support your development across the nine capabilities and understand the boundaries of professional accountability
  • Demonstrate professionalism in terms of presentation, demeanour, reliability, honesty and respectfulness
  • Demonstrate workload management skills and develop the ability to prioritise
  • Recognise and balance your own personal/professional boundaries in response to changing and more complex contexts
  • Recognise your own professional limitations, and how to seek advice
  • Identify your learning needs; assume responsibility for improving your practice through appropriate professional development
  • Develop ways to promote well-being at work, identifying strategies to protect and promote your own well being and the well being of others
  • Identify and implement strategies for responding appropriately to concerns about practice or procedures, seeking guidance if required.