An overview of my DP1 placement which will highlight the location of my placement, the opportunities for learning and a brief outline of the work undertaken by staff and myself.

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Within the Final report, I will give an overview of my DP1 placement which will highlight the location of my placement, the opportunities for learning and a brief outline of the work undertaken by staff and myself. I will also draw on knowledge learned from academic study such as Social Work Practice 1, Poverty, Family and Lifespan and Disadvantage also personal experience and feedback from supervision.

As a student, I am required to evidence from my practice and the progress towards meeting both the competence's and value requirements to the level outlined in the course manual. Hugman and Smith state,'' Competence in social work requires the understanding and the interaction of values in social work. This set of values can essentially be expressed as a commitment to social justice and social welfare, to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and groups within communities, and to a repudiation of all forms of negative discrimination''. (2001,p95)

I will discuss how supervision has been influential on my personal development and how it has enabled me to critically evaluate and promote my working practice by addressing core skills and values. Anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practices are issues that are an integral part of social work practice and therefore I shall discuss these issues within the report. Also within the report, I will maintain any individuals, group and/or agencies right to confidentiality as set out by CCETSW's rules outlined on page 113 section 2.1 of the course manual.



For the purpose of this report, I will focus exclusively on area of Helensburgh and Lomond in which I am placed. Within this area I will outline relevant statistics:

* 8 children on the Child Protection Register,

* 23 children who are currently being accommodated, (31% of pop. 0-15years)

* 3% of 0-15 years are currently being provided with a social work service.

* 11 children/young people are currently on statutory home supervision orders,

* 4 children/young people are on voluntary home supervision. (Statistics are of yet waiting to be formalised. Area Team)

There are no figures relating to ethnic minority children/young people or who are receiving a service.

My placement is primarily in a Children's Unit situated in Argyll & Bute, although I am also fortunate in that I am able to participate in the Area Team of the local social work services department. I have been allocated several cases, which I can facilitate upon approval by my practice teacher and unit manager.

The children's unit I am currently in is based in Helensburgh and can accommodate up to 7 children/young people with a range of complex behaviours, special needs. The unit caters for young people of mixed gender and is in keeping with National Care Standards. The unit has only been opened for two years and is still very much in the developmental stage for both the staff and the young people and it is recognised that this is an ongoing process. The ethos of the unit is that of ''valuing the individual' and 'valuing the task of residential care'.(EKS literature)

As the young people are admitted to the unit, the staff place a strong emphasis on individuality and strive to encourage young people to reach their potential. The involvement and opinions of the young people are regularly sought through individual and group forums and this feeds the developmental process. East Kings Street works to the principles set out in the report, 'Another Kind of Home'' (HMSO 1992). These are;

* Individuality and Development,

* Rights and Responsibilities,

* Good Basic Care,

* Education,

* Health,

* Partnership with Parents,

* Child Centered Collaboration,

* A Feeling of Safety.

Skinners 1992 review points out the importance of relationships between young people and staff,'' the purpose of residential care, with or without education, can only be achieved through positive relationships between staff and young people in a safe, stable and caring environment'', (Another Kind of Home p19-19)

The unit aims to support families who are facing difficulties and suffering from the threat of breakdown; through the provision of residential accommodation for children and young people as may be necessary in meeting identified needs and to provide a high standard of residential care for children and young people with a variety of needs, and in recognition of any disability or special needs which they may have. 'Children's rights should be consistently respected and they should be involved in decisions affecting them in the running of the home''. (Skinner 1992).

The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 marks a significant stage in the development of legislation on the care of children. It centres on the needs of the children and their families and defines both parental responsibilities and rights in relation to children. The 1995 Act also places a responsibility on LA's to provide and purchase services for children and young people in need. The Act emphasis the child centered principles based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Children Scotland Act 1995.Two of the key aspects of the C(S)Act 1995 are the welfare principle and the notion of partnership between parents and LA's. The welfare principle is that which maintains that the welfare of the child is paramount in any decision made by a court or children's hearing (s16(1)). The idea of partnership links in with the LA's duty under s22(1)(b) to promote the upbringing of children by their family and with the principle of minimum intervention as set out by s16(3).


To protect the identity of P and his family I will use fictitious names. P (young person), M (mum) D (dad).

After consideration between the Senior Social Worker, Unit Manager and Practice Teacher, it was agreed that I would be able to do this initial assessment. (IAR).
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