Welcome

This Social Work Online Team Training (SWOTT) toolkit has been designed to assist you to complete regular, relevant and evidence-informed continuous professional development (CPD). The toolkit offers a flexible and accessible CPD activity recognising that you have multiple everyday demands and time constraints. This is coupled with the fact that there is the formal requirement for you to engage in professional development and learning activity as part of your registration with Social Work England. This CPD reflects many of the values that are both explicit and implicit within Social Work England’s Professional Standards, the British Association of Social Workers Professional Capabilities Framework and Knowledge and Skills Statement. Completing each SWOTT toolkit will give you two learning activities to reflect on as evidence for your CPD portfolio.

Each toolkit is themed and research-informed. Embedding the principles of a peer learning model, the toolkit is designed using a team-based approach to encourage you and colleagues to learn from each other and apply learning to your everyday practice setting. As learners you need to be:

  • reflective (thinking about your practice – including how your beliefs, values and attitudes, as well as theory and research, influence everyday decisions and actions – and how you might do things differently); and
  • reflexive (thinking analytically about how power is distributed in the everyday social and relational context of practice).

The peer learning, team-based approach to the SWOTT project places importance on relationships and acknowledges that individuals are embedded within their social context. This means that an individual’s capacity for growth and change is always influenced by their relationships and the social systems in which the individual exists and the wider processes that affect them[1]Rogers, M. and Allen, D. (2021) An A-Z of Social Work Skills. London: Sage.

Working individually and then as a group which requires you to engage as a team, relies on certain conditions which have been built into the design of the SWOTT toolkit. In the context of CPD activity, these conditions include:

  • That team members are able to talk and listen to each other in a space (or succession of spaces) dedicated to a task or activity. This means that preliminary thinking may need to happen before a group meeting (see Learning Object 1 descriptor below);
  • There needs to be a tool for understanding the problem or issue, and in each SWOTT toolkit, this will be a complex case study (see Learning Object 2 descriptor below).
  • A dedicated space for group reflection and for offering and engaging in peer feedback (reflecting on current practice) and peer feedforward (thinking ahead and reflecting on future practice). 

The SWOTT toolkit

Each toolkit has two learning activities:

  1. Learning object 1 (LO1): an online module that should be completed on an individual basis (offering learning and preliminary thinking);
  2. Learning object 2: a complex case study (a tool for understanding and application of new knowledge) to be completed in group supervision (a space for reflection).

Completion of LO1 will take approximately 1 ½ hours. This means that the time demand is not too great and it can be fitted into your working day. Completion of LO2 will take a minimum of 1 hour of reflective discussion in a group supervision.

Each SWOTT toolkit will integrate two opportunities for CPD reflections; one for each learning object. Time should be built in at the end of the group supervision to enable you to update your CPD portfolio.

References

References
1 Rogers, M. and Allen, D. (2021) An A-Z of Social Work Skills. London: Sage