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Research, theories and models

You can tell us about your use of research, theories and models to evidence that you have met standard 4.3

Research, theories and models

You can tell us about your use of research, theories and models to evidence that you have met standard 4.3

It’s important that you understand developments in social work theory and practice, so you have up to date knowledge when using your professional judgement and making decisions.

View your practice in different ways

By proactively using social work research, theories and models, you can view your practice in different ways and continuously evaluate the impact of your practice to those you support. This may mean that you consider doing things differently, using a new approach based on something you have read, listened to, engaged with or it may be as a result of observing someone else’s practice.

What you could do

There are many ways you can keep your practice up to date and you should look to use a variety of resources, for example:

  • reading journals, books or articles
  • listening to podcasts
  • watching documentaries or Ted Talks
  • attending conferences, seminars, webinars, lectures and forums
  • undertaking research

When recording your CPD, you need to demonstrate how you have made positive changes to your practice based on what you have learned, and how this has informed your professional judgement.

Self reflection

How do you use research/theories/frameworks to inform your practice?

This question appears on the structured form, to help you explain how you meet standard 4.3. You could also use it as a starting point for your reflection on the unstructured form, if you wish.