Action Learning for social workers

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Action Learning facilitation is an approach to individual and organisational practice development, which takes the challenges of both professional work and organisational change as the vehicles for learning. Working in small groups, people tackle important or problems and learn from their attempts to change things.

Skills for Care is promoting Action Learning facilitation as a useful support package for NQSWs undertaking the ASYE. Below are a number of videos which provide the views of newly qualified staff, managers and facilitators who have used Action Learning for this purpose. 

Previous success and evaluation of Action Learning has shown that Action Learning can add value to the wider sector and we are now promoting Action Learning facilitation to the wider sector which includes adult and children’s services, housing, health and other allied sectors.

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Below are videos of newly qualified staff from Derbyshire County Council talking about their experience of using Action Learning.

Jessica Walton 

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Jessica-Walton

Jessica joined Derbyshire County Council as a NQSW in August 2011. She has participated on an action learning programme introducing her to the new role of a social worker in adult care.

Lynne Hyland 

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Lynne-Hyland

Lynne joined Derbyshire County Council as a NQSW in September 2010. She has participated on an Action Learning programme introducing her to the new role from January 2011 to January 2012

Angela Cunneyworth 

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Angela joined Derbyshire County Council as a NQSW in 2010. She has participated on an Action Learning programme introducing her to the new role as a social worker in adult care. 

Below are videos of managers from Derbyshire County Council talking about taking part in Action Learning and their experiences of managing staff who have taken part.

Diane Stratulis 

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Diane-Stratulis

Diane is a senior practitioner social worker within Derbyshire County Council's Adult Care Department. Diane works in an operational fieldwork team which includes a number of NQSWs.

Sheila Beswick

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Shelia-Beswick

Shelia is a manager with responsibility for direct care managers and social workers which include NQSW's.

Carolyn Nice 

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Carolyn is a manager with responsibility for a team of social workers, occupational therapists and community care workers which include NQSWs. She has been involved in an Action Learning programme run for managers within the Adult Care Department of Derbyshire County Council.

Yvonne Hobday

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Yvonne-Hobday

Yvonne is a manager with responsibility for a team which includes social workers, both experienced and NQSW's. She has been involved in an action learning programme run for managers within the Adult Care Department of Derbyshire County Council

Below are videos of facilitators from Derbyshire County Council talking about their experiences of using Action Learning.

Mel Crisp 

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Mel is a learning and development specialist who has successfully completed a Level 5 Certificate in Action Learning Facilitation through the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (sponsored by Skills for Care). She currently facilitates Action Learning programmes for managers in Derbyshire County Council and across the independent sector.

Vanessa Grant 

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Vanessa works as a manager for learning and development in Derbyshire County Council and facilitates action learning programmes for leaders and managers both within the Council and across the independent sector. She has successfully completed a Level 5 Certificate in Action Learning Facilitation through the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (sponsored by Skills for Care)

Fiona Hambleton-Relf  

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Fiona is a member of the learning and development team and the NQSW Coordinator for Derbyshire supporting NQSWs.

We are working in partnership with The Centre for Action Learning Facilitation to provide a range of bespoke Action Learning services to support professional development in wider care services.

We can offer:

  •  a professional consultation service which supports organisations to identify ways of using Action Learning to support their workforce
  • Action Learning facilitation workshops at introductory and certificate levels, which can take place at your location at a time that suits you
  • co-facilitation of Action Learning sets, working alongside your staff to plan and deliver an Action Learning set to meet your needs.

All of our consultants and facilitators have a professional background in the care sector and will be able to contextualise the principles of Action Learning to your organisation.

Click here for more information about any of these services including the cost or email action.learning@skillsforcare.org.uk

Research undertaken by the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation on behalf of  Skills for Care.

This study sets out to test the proposition that ‘critically reflective action learning’ (CRAL) can help social workers to address and better resolve their complex or ‘wicked’ problems. The term CRAL is chosen here because it takes particular note of the reflective processes appropriate to the complex situations, wicked problems and ethical dilemmas such as are found in social work practice (Hillman 2012). Employers will see from this report how ‘critically reflective action learning’ can contribute to the professional development of their social work staff, thereby improving the outcomes for people who need care and support.

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