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Module 2: Understanding the PCF

The PCF has been developed by social workers and was owned by The College of Social Work (TCSW). This brings social work in line with other professionals in terms of career development and in setting its own professional standards. This PCF module will helps you think about your professional development; it will support you in identifying the level of work you should be aspiring to when you return to practice. It will also generate a framework to structure your preparations as you undertake shadowing experiences, start applying for jobs, complete induction programmes and develop ongoing learning and development plans with line managers.

The nine domains that make up the PCF help to explain what social workers do. Social work involves complexity and needs to be viewed holistically. Capabilities interact together to make up professional practice; they should not be viewed in isolation.