Partnerships, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) [3rd Edition]
Brown, K., Rutter, L., Keen, S. and Rosenorn-Lanng, E. (2012)
The impetus for this third edition has come from the recent work of the Social Work Reform Board and the review of social work with children – The Munro Review of Child Protection (2011). Eileen Munro understands that risk cannot be eliminated but suggests that social work practitioners should be given more freedom to exercise and develop their professional judgement rather than follow procedures within a culture of compliance. Collaboration and partnerships between practitioners, employers and the providers of professional learning and development opportunities can allow such meaningful CPD to exist and flourish.
However, it is difficult to know if professional learning and development has successfully occurred unless there is a formal system to assess or evaluate it. This publication considers appropriate ways of viewing, undertaking and demonstrating professional learning and development and how such learning can be assessed.
The publication also contains a number of case studies that highlight the importance of trust between partnerships and an appendix of draft Memorandum of Co-operation written by Mark Pardoe from BU’s legal department.