Your CPD should be personal to you and your practice. These examples should not be viewed as best practice.
Examples of CPD recorded by registered social workers
Following our CPD review in January 2023, we asked a selection of social workers if we could publish anonymised versions of their CPD records.
We’ve taken a few of these examples so that they can be used as inspiration for:
• what types of CPD you could record
• recording peer reflection
• how you might reflect on your CPD activities
Example 1: Supervision
This is an example of CPD recorded by a team manager who attended monthly clinical supervision sessions with their team, in which discussion was led by relevant and current social work practice.
This CPD record was concise and the social worker was able to evidence the positive impact their learning had both on the team and on their own practice. It also included peer reflection, in which the social worker clearly highlighted the effect that recognising wellbeing needs has on the team they support. They were also able to demonstrate an open learning culture through sharing with team members and considered how they will change their practice as a result.
Example 2: Reading and reflecting on articles
This is an example of CPD recorded by a supervisor who reflected on how they could provide effective leadership whilst meeting the social work standards, ensuring quality supervision to others.
They were able to evidence the standards throughout their piece of CPD. They also provided a thorough response to the reflection question, with clear examples of how they will apply their learning to practice.
Example 3: Learning from a case
This is an example of CPD recorded by a social worker who used learning from a case to reflect on the challenges they faced and how it has had a lasting impact on their future practice.
The social worker used a different style when it came to evidencing the standards they identified, and used bullet points to evidence peer reflection. This helped to clearly demonstrate impact on practice. As a result of the session, they have adapted their approach and changed their practice accordingly.
Your CPD should be personal to you
Depending on your practice and the number of standards being covered, each CPD entry will look different in terms of content and length. Your CPD should be personal to you and your own practice.
It is important that your learning is relevant to your role and that it is about the application of your learning in practice. We want to see how you have reflected on your learning and how the CPD has had a positive influence on your practice.