In the last decades, managerialist perspective of social work practice has been the centre of practice, however, relationship based and reflective practice in which involves ‘self’ has attracting attention in recent years (Harrison & Ruch, 2007). Reflective practice is a holistic thinking that involve social work knowledge and theories, as well as one’s own feelings and awareness of the self. It also requires the practice to incorporate with personal experience and wisdoms that cultivated through practice (Wilson, et al. 2011 ; Harrison & Ruch, 2007). This short essay explains of reflective practice; how it relate with relationship based practice, and influence on the practice outcomes.
First of all, reflective practice is a crucial part of…show more content… According to Wilson (2011), the key to effective and successful social work is the quality of the relationship with the social worker and the clients. Furthermore, social work is all about relationships. Relationship with colleagues and organisation, relationship with the clients, and most importantly, a relationship with the self which means having recognises oneself to see others as a unique individual in various circumstances. As Harrison & Ruth (2007) stated as for the effective practice, one need to reflect, critically analyse their experience and make sense of what happened. Therefore, self-analysis and reflection influence social work…show more content… First function is the accountability and management. Accountability is to ensure that social workers follow the policies, standards and guidelines with a safe, ethical and effective manner so that the clients receives the best service to meet their needs. Second function is a development of the critical analysis skills, understanding and capabilities of the supervisee through reflection on their work with the clients. It is the opportunity to understand and make sense of how theory and knowledge underpins the practice (Lee-Ann, et al., 2013). In addition, it provides the place to discuss on values and ethics so that practitioner could develop anti oppressive practice. (Lee-Ann, et al., 2013). Third, a personal support and encouragement from the supervisors. This supportive function, a supervisor offer emotional and social support when the worker may face during their practice. It also provide an opportunity to discuss feelings in a safe workplace (Connolly & Harms,