This course is designed to support the development of professional judgments. Contemporary challenges in social care require staff to resolve issues and make appropriate choices effectively. Thinking skills may seem natural, but they are not necessarily intuitive. A good foundation of thinking skills involves analytic thinking and problem solving – the ability to break problems down into their parts. Practical problem solving involves deductive reasoning and applying judgments to reach conclusions from a combination of collected evidence and assumptions.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The meaning of evidence-based management and why it’s important
  2. The use of analytical skills
  3. The nature of logical reasoning, when planning social care work
  4. The quality of critical thinking
  5. The kind of critical evaluation, when planning placements, working with professionals and other partnerships agencies
  6. The skills required by external and internal staff

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Courses are also available specifically for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

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