End of last placement/completion

1. PROFESSIONALISM - Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development

Social workers are members of an internationally recognised profession. Our title is protected in UK law. We demonstrate professional commitment by taking responsibility for our conduct, practice, self-care and development. We seek and use supervision and other professional support. We promote excellent practice and challenge circumstances that compromise this. As representatives of the profession, we safeguard its reputation. We are accountable to people using services, the public, employers and the regulator. We take ethical decisions in the context of multiple accountabilities.


  • am able to meet the requirements of the professional regulator
  • aim to be a role model for social work, set expectations for others and contribute to the public face of the organisation and/or profession
  • apply in practice and promote my understanding of social work as an international profession with a global definition supporting my professional identity, ethics and practice with diverse communities in England
  • expect and seek supervision that covers practice, organisational, leadership and management aspects of role, applying critical reflection throughout
  • model and help others to demonstrate professionalism and excellent practice
  • model and help others with effective workload management skills
  • model and help others to maintain professional/personal boundaries and skilled use of self
  • aware of my own professional limitations and knowledge gaps and seek to continuously develop across all domains of the PCF
  • establish a network of internal and external colleagues from whom to seek advice and expertise
  • contribute to creating and sustaining a learning environment for self, team and colleagues within and beyond social work. I may undertake Practice Educator training (see also capability 9)
  • recognise and seek ways to promote wellbeing and self-care for team and colleagues
  • promote up-to-date standards of excellent practice, identifying and helping resolve poor practice and promoting continuous improvement
  • understand my accountabilities and the dilemmas that can arise in complex contexts. I ensure the welfare, experience and outcomes of people using services are at the heart of my practice and decisions.

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