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Reflecting on my values

Our personal values influence everything we do. In this blog, regional engagement lead Ioana highlights some prompts to help you record CPD.

Reflecting on my values

9/18/2020 4:22:07 PM

In our second ‘reflecting on’ blog, designed to help you reflect and think critically about issues that affect social workers today, we consider how your values can influence your practice. You can use this blog to help you record CPD and meet standard 4.8.

Standard 4.8 says that “as a social worker, I will reflect on my own values and challenge the impact they have on my practice.” Your personal values affect your professional judgement and can influence your actions, behaviour and decisions. You apply your ethics and values when making decisions about your practice, so it’s important that you are able to examine those values and assess how they affect your decisions.

Whether it’s in supervision sessions, or during informal conversations with peers, we are always reflecting on and examining our own values. They are entrenched in our way of working, helping us develop our expertise from day one.



CPD provides an opportunity to think critically about your work and identify areas you may want to improve. CPD doesn’t have to be time consuming – just taking a bit of time out of your day to reflect can make all the difference.

  • Seek and reflect on feedback from someone you support. You could ask them about whether they have ever felt their values conflicted with yours, or felt the impact of unconscious bias. (Standard 4.1 and 4.8)
  • Reflect on a time you have worked with someone (this could be a colleague, or someone you support) who disagreed with or went against a value you hold close to you. How did you handle the situation, and how did this affect your relationship with them? (Standard 4.8
  • Consider how social work research, theories or models have shaped the values you draw on at work. (Standard 4.3 and 4.8)
  • Reflect on a current event or a social policy that has challenged your values. This could be an event or change in politics, culture or something else. There are numerous emergency legislations and guidelines, for example, during the Covid-19 pandemic. How has this impacted on your practice? (Standard 4.4 and 4.8)

Don’t forget, you meet standards 4.6 and 4.7 automatically by recording CPD.

Remember to anonymise your CPD. If you are talking about a specific person or case, you must leave out or remove any details that could identify someone.

For guidance on using your online account to record CPD, try watching our video guide. You can also find resources, such as further information on what counts as CPD, on the CPD section of our website.

We also offer CPD drop-in sessions regionally, to answer any questions you might have about CPD. In the Eastern region that I cover, they are on Friday mornings at 10am. Please contact the regional engagement lead for your area for dates and times. Visit this page to find out who your regional engagement lead is, and click their name to access their email address.

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