The use and importance of reflection in social work
What is it about?
Reflection has long been emphasized as important for human service organizations professions. However, changes in society and the governing of public sector organizations have resulted in a shift in focus, with economic focus, administration, documentation and the measuring of practices being one result, an the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) another. In turn, another result is a decrease in priority of more "soft" features of practice, like reflection, experience, relationship-based approaches and tacit knowledge, since being difficult to measure and prove its worth. Due to this, we wanted to investigate the role and use of reflection in family support social work for finding out more about practitioners experience and thoughts of reflection in their everyday practice.
Why is it important?
Due to the prevailing changes in society and the public sector, as well as the increased focus on EBP, reflection and reflective practice is in need of highlighting for also promoting its possible benefits. A new understanding of meaning of reflection is needed for making e.g. decision-makers and managers aware of its worth, not only for practitioners but also for the clients. By doing so, reflection can hopefully gain new reputation and considered an essential part of practice, in need of resources.
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