Advanced social worker

6. CRITICAL REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS - Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making

Social workers critically reflect on their practice, use analysis, apply professional judgement and reasoned discernment. We identify, evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge and evidence. We continuously evaluate our impact and benefit to service users. We use supervision and other support to reflect on our work and sustain our practice and wellbeing. We apply our critical reflective skills to the context and conditions under which we practise. Our reflection enables us to challenge ourselves and others, and maintain our professional curiosity, creativity and self-awareness.


  • maintain an environment where critical reflection and analysis is valued and supported 
  • provide critical reflection, challenge and evidence-informed decision-making in complex situations. I support others in developing these capabilities and finding their own solutions 
  • model good practice and reflective supervision skills 
  • develop and maintain a system within which all social workers (including me) are able to access professional supervision from appropriately experienced social workers 
  • ensure protected time is available for professional social work supervision 
  • routinely provide professional social work opinion, based on clear rationale and advanced professional knowledge 
  • support and empower others to develop the confidence and skills to provide professional opinion. 

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