Reflective practice is at the heart of becoming a competent and confident social worker. It's both a key element of learning and development on social work courses and an important aspect of social work practice. This accessible and introductory text explores a range of approaches to reflective practice that aims to help students become more confident in answering key questions, including 'what is reflective practice?', 'how do I develop as a reflective practitioner?', 'how do I maintain reflective practice in key contexts?'. There are sections on writing reflective journals, communicating well with service users and carers and reflective practice while on placements.
Christine Knott is a former Head of the School of Social Studies at the University of Chichester. She has been involved in social work and social work education for many years, including establishing the Diploma in Social Work at Chichester in 1990. Christine is now retired. Terry Scragg is a visiting fellow in the School of Social Studies at the University of Chichester and was previously Principal Lecturer in Management responsible for postgraduate programmes for health and social care managers. He is a qualified social worker and prior to working in higher education held practitioner and managerial roles in social services departments.