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Professional Curiosity and Critical Thinking Skills

A lack of professional curiosity is repeatedly mentioned in serious case reviews and research into the deaths of children, but very little has been published by social workers on the topic in recent times. This course seeks to bridge that gap.

This one-day course is suited to social workers and partner professionals working with vulnerable children and families. It focuses on helping delegates to develop their professional curiosity and ‘thinking in practice’ skills in all forms of assessment, monitoring plans and decision-making.  Research and messages from serious case reviews underpin this practical approach to improving information synthesis, evaluation and the drawing of conclusions. 

Course overview: Drawing on the work of Turney, Brown, Moore, Wonnacot and Mainstone, this course brings together tried and tested resources with case study written and video material to help put critical thinking at the heart of practice. 

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the role of ‘professional curiosity’ in analysis and critical thinking
  • Consider different thinking processes and their application to practice
  • Explore ‘bias and error’ and ways to reduce its impact on thinking and assessments
  • Test out the characteristics of a robust, evidence-informed assessment  -applicable to ALL  assessment, including Early Help plans, S47, care plans, pre-birth assessments, PARs, Form Fs, SGO assessments etc

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