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Information Sharing 
& Decision Making


Empowering Social Work Practice

Information sharing and decision-making are fundamental to effective social work practice. Our skills day starts by emphasising the significance of these interconnected elements. We understand that the ability to share and utilize information in decision-making processes can significantly impact the lives of service users and communities.


The Dynamic Role of Evidence:

Evidence-informed practice is at the heart of information sharing and decision-making. It encompasses not only research evidence but also the wealth of knowledge that emerges from the experiences of those served. Our skills day elucidates the power of evidence in guiding social work practice, ensuring that decisions are rooted in sound information and the nuanced needs of individuals and communities.


Creative Techniques for Practical Learning:

Throughout this skills day, we incorporate a variety of creative techniques, such as case simulations, role-playing, and interactive group exercises. These immersive methods enable participants to apply evidence-informed practices to real-world social work scenarios. It allows professionals to experience the complexities and ethical dilemmas that may arise, empowering them to make well-informed decisions.


Ethical Information Sharing:

Information sharing in social work is not just about data; it's about respecting confidentiality and privacy while ensuring that relevant details are shared for the betterment of service users. We delve into the ethical dimensions of information sharing, helping practitioners strike a balance between transparency and safeguarding individual rights.


Practice Supervision for Informed Decisions

Practice supervisors play a pivotal role in shaping the information sharing and decision-making capabilities of social work professionals. We explore their responsibilities in nurturing a culture of continuous learning and ethical decision-making within social work practice.


At the core of our skills day is the belief that informed decisions stem from a profound understanding of the information shared, as well as the ethical and empathetic application of evidence. We empower social work professionals to be adept in navigating these complexities, ensuring that the decisions they make reflect the values and principles of the social work profession.


Contact us to learn more about our Information Sharing & Decision-Making skills day and how it can benefit your organisation and its social work professionals. Together, we'll strengthen the foundation of social work practice and improve outcomes for individuals and communities.


How the 'Information Sharing & Decision Making in Social Work' skills day aligns with the Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF):


Domain 1: Professionalism

  • 1.1 Ethical Practice*: This skills day focuses on ethical decision-making, ensuring that social work professionals uphold ethical standards and values within the profession.

  • 1.2 Reflective Practice*: Through guided reflection exercises, participants develop their reflective skills, promoting self-awareness and continuous professional development.


Domain 2: Values and Ethics

  • 2.1 Respecting and Promoting Rights*: The training underscores the importance of respecting the rights and voices of service users and communities, ensuring that information sharing and decision-making processes respect individual rights.

  • 2.2 Social Justice and Inclusion*: The program promotes social justice and inclusion by encouraging participants to consider the needs of diverse populations in their decision-making processes.


Domain 3: Diversity

  • 3.1 Respecting Diversity*: The skills day encourages participants to approach information sharing and decision-making with cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity, acknowledging the unique backgrounds and perspectives of individuals and communities.

  • 3.2 Self-Determination*: It fosters an understanding of self-determination and its role in decision-making, empowering service users to participate in the process.


Domain 4: Rights, Justice, and Economic Wellbeing

  • 4.1 Balancing Rights*: The training explores the ethical balance between transparency and safeguarding individual rights, ensuring that decisions respect the rights and economic wellbeing of service users.


Domain 5: Knowledge

  • 5.1 Critical Reflection*: The program encourages critical reflection and analysis as an integral part of evidence-informed practice, fostering knowledge development.

  • 5.2 Information: Critical use of information*: Participants learn to critically evaluate and use various forms of information, including research evidence, in their decision-making processes.


Domain 7: Intervention and Skills


  • 7.1 Professional autonomy and accountability*: The skills day enhances participants' professional autonomy and accountability in decision-making, emphasising that they are accountable for their actions and decisions.

  • 7.2 Decision-making*: It directly supports the development of decision-making skills within social work practice, a vital component of intervention and skills.


Domain 8: Contexts and Organisations

  • 8.1 Role and Function*: The training acknowledges the role of practice supervisors in nurturing a culture of continuous learning and ethical decision-making within the context of social work practice.


These specific linkages ensure that the skills day provides a tailored approach to information sharing and decision-making that aligns with the sub-domains of the PCF, fostering professionalism, ethics, and cultural competence among social work professionals.

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