Month: October 2017

A social care worker wants to enable more effective communication with individuals using the service. Explain how they could access extra support or services that may be helpful.

Firstly, the social care worker should make a list of all the preferred methods of communication for the individuals using the service by referring to their Care Plans and consulting them individually. Then they can use this information to research what services are available. Some professional services they may need to look into include translators…

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Explain the key features of sexual health and well-being and how this relates to an individual’s overall health and well-being

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental, social and emotional well-being related to sexuality. This not only means the absence of sexually transmitted diseases but also having mutually beneficial relationships with both partners respecting one another, physical intimacy and safe sexual experiences free from coercion, discrimination and violence. An individual’s sexual health and well-being…

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Identify people who can help you develop your knowledge, understanding and practice.

As mentioned previously, my manager can help develop my knowledge, understanding and practice by giving me feedback in my supervisions, appraisals, observations and professional discussions. Other members of my team are also a good source of information and the individuals I support and their families can also offer me insights into what I need to…

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Explain how mental capacity can influence sexual development, sexual experience, sexual expression and sexual health

Mental capacity can have a direct influence on sexual development, sexual experience, sexual expression and sexual health, however it should be remembered that under the Mental Capacity Act all individuals should be treated as being able to make their own decisions until it is shown that they are not able to do so. Having said…

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Individuals either side of a wall that represents a barrier to communication

Identify three examples of barriers to communication and explain how you could overcome each barrier

A good social care worker knows that effective communication is a very important part of the job and understands that methods of communication used should be tailored to the individual. The table below lists three examples of barriers to communication and how they may be overcome. Barrier How it can be overcome 1. Language If…

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Identify Sources of Support for Planning and Reviewing Your Development.

Support for planning and reviewing your development can be obtained from many sources. Asking for feedback from colleagues, clients, client’s families and other professionals can help identify areas of development to consider. Quarterly supervisions and annual appraisals can also be used and mutually agreeable targets between yourself and your manager can be set. Quarterly observations…

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Describe how socio-cultural factors and religious beliefs can influence an individual’s sexual development

Socio-cultural factors that can influence an individual’s sexual development are manifold. During childhood, ideas, views and opinions relating to sexuality will be learned from immediate family. This can include topics such as gender roles, contraception, sex before marriage or promiscuity. Children will be heavily influenced by what they see in the family home. Habitual norms…

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Explain how an individual’s background can influence the way they communicate

The background of an individual will have a big influence on how they communicate. In some cultures, eye contact is viewed as impolite or disrespectful in certain situations, such as between a father and daughter or a professor and student. Similarly, some cultures display emotion and feeling in their communication whilst others are more subdued.…

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Explain how a PDP can help a social care worker identify improvements in their knowledge, understanding and practice.

A Personal Development Plan (PDP) is a record of a social care worker’s professional achievements over time. By keeping an up-to-date PDP, a social care worker can see how their knowledge, understanding and practice has progressed as well as the current objectives and goals. Also, writing a PDP forces a social care worker to think…

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Describe how genetic factors can influence the sexual development, sexual expression and sexual health of an individual with a learning disability

In genetics, the sex chromosomes determine whether an individual is male or female. An individual will get an X-chromosome from their mother and a second X-chromosome from their father if they are a female (XX). Males get an X-chromosome from their mother and a Y-chromosome from their father (XY). Therefore, sexual development is based on…

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Personal Development Plan Example

Design a template for a personal development plan (PDP) that you could use to improve your learning, development and professional practice. For each heading in the template, provide a brief summary describing what should be included. Goal (the outcome to be achieved) Milestones (for longer goals, mini-objectives along the way) Target date (the goal/milestone should be…

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Explain main sexual development milestones throughout an individual’s lifespan

From birth, babies can experience sexual pleasure from touching their genitals and males can have erections. By around age 2, infants will know their own gender and understand the difference between male and female genetalia. As they get older they will become more curious about sexual subjects. Pre-adolescence usually occurs between ages 8 and 12…

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Describe three verbal and three non-verbal communication methods and styles that a social care worker may use in an adult care setting

  Verbal Non verbal Speaking – The most obvious form of verbal communication is by speaking in a language that both parties are familiar with. It is also important to ensure that the vocabulary used is appropriate for the individual and situation. Touch – Touch can be used to express different feelings to an individual.…

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Mentor Meeting Feedback Notes

You arrange a mentor meeting to feed back to the social care worker. You have comments to make which include both praise and constructive criticism. Write notes to prepare for your meeting. In your notes, explain: Why is it important for a social care worker to seek feedback on performance? The different ways that people…

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Describe three factors to consider when promoting effective communication

There are a myriad of factors that should be considered when promoting effective communication. The most obvious is the method used to communicate. This could be verbal, sign language, makaton, pictorial aids or others but should be in line with an individual’s personal preferences. The environment is another factor  to consider as an improper environment…

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Using the table below, identify three ways of finding out the communication and language needs of an individual. For each method, describe how effective it is at establishing the needs of the individual.

Method. How effective is this method? Speak to/Observe the Individual.  In most cases, I believe this to be one of the most effective ways to communicate with an individual. By striking up a conversation with an individual, I can usually assess whether they are able to use the English language to communicate and how accomplished…

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Describe two ways how effective communication can affect relationships in an adult social care setting between individuals using the service, their carers, colleagues and other practitioners.

Effective communication is very important in an adult social care setting and can have a positive affect on relationships. For example, communicating empathy when an individual is upset can make them feel cared for and understood, resulting in a deeper connection. Ultimately this builds trust between individuals, creating a more open, transparent and honest relationship.…

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REFLECTIVE PRACTICE GUIDE

Create a guide for the new social worker for about how to reflect on their practice. The guide must include the headings listed with an explanation of each.         What is reflective practice? Why is reflective practice important? How reflective practice contributes to improving the quality of service provision. How standards can be used to…

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