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Peer reflection

Peer reflection means that you have discussed the content of your CPD activity with a peer, your manager or another professional.

Peer reflection requirement

To meet the CPD requirements, you must record:

  • a minimum of 2 pieces of CPD, including
  • at least one piece of CPD with a peer reflection.

The peer reflection CPD requirement is new for the 2021 to 2022 registration year. It was introduced after consultation with the sector.

What is peer reflection?

Peer reflection means that you have discussed the content of your CPD activity with a peer, your manager or another professional.

When discussing your CPD with a peer, you should talk about:

  • what you have learnt from doing the CPD
  • the positive impact the CPD activity has had (or will have) on your role, practice and the people you work with.

Peer reflection discussions can be formal or informal, and can take place in one to one or group settings. For example, you could discuss what you have learnt from doing your CPD:

  • during supervision with your manager
  • during team reflection sessions
  • by having a conversation with a colleague
  • through a community of practice or an action learning set.

The role of the peer is not to approve your learning, but to support you to think about how you can improve your practice. The discussion also allows you to share what you have learnt with others, contributing to an open learning culture (standard 4.5).

Who counts as a peer?

  • Another social worker registered in the United Kingdom with Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Scottish Social Services Council, Social Care Wales, or Social Work England.
  • Your line manager or supervisor.
  • Other professional who has knowledge of your social work practice.

View list of other professionals that count as peers.

When you record a peer reflection, you should not record the name or other details of who you reflected with. You must anonymise all CPD.

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