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Assessment, Critical Thinking, Planning and Intervention


This 3 hour online workshop is for social workers, senior practitioners and team managers completing Child and Family Assessments.

Analysis and critical thinking are central to good practice in children’s services. This online workshop focuses on ‘thinking in practice’, supporting practitioners to be more analytical in their assessments to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families.

You will explore the concepts of professional judgment and practice wisdom and how these can be applied in practice.

When you book your place, an Outlook calendar appointment called "Assessment, Critical Thinking, Planning and Intervention” for the online workshop will be emailed to you from West Sussex Online Learning Gateway CPD Online. Please open the calendar attachment and save it to your calendar.

Key document: Children and Family Assessment.

PCF domains: Rights, justice and economic wellbeing (4); Knowledge (5); Critical reflection and analysis (6); Skills and interventions (7).

KSS: Relationships and effective direct work (1); Communication (2); Child Development (3); Adult Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Physical Ill Health and Disability (4); Abuse and neglect of children (5); Child and family assessment (6); Analysis, Decision making, Planning and review (7); The law and the family and youth justice systems (8); The role of supervision (9); Organisational context (10).

Social Work England Professional Standard: 4) Maintain my continuing professional development. CPD hours: 3
The aim of this training is to:

  • Develop the use of critical thinking when analysing information, ensuring curiosity in case reviews and supervision with the aim of building curiosity in practice and management challenge
  • Develop confidence in analysis and decision making
  • Reinforce the importance of reflecting upon the information gathered from the child, family and professionals in order to recognise what is happening within the family.
  • Develop assessment skills, including engaging with the family in the assessment process and working in partnership with families through the assessment.
  • If you apply what you have learned in this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise what ‘Good’ looks like for children
  • Apply principles of good care planning for children and young people for the duration of any preventative or statutory intervention and beyond
  • Differentiate between practice wisdom, professional dangerousness and professional optimism
  • Reflect on your own practice identifying strengths and areas for development
  • Children and Young People
    Children Services
    target audience
    Sarah Woodyatt
    Learning and Development Admin (
    SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueRoom NameMap
    Session 1Tuesday 16 March 202113:30 - 16:30Online LearningTBA
    SessionSession Details
    Session 1
    Tuesday 16 March 2021

    13:30 - 16:30

    Online Learning


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