‘Going Live’ : An Exploration of Models of Peer, Supervisor Observation and Observation for Assessment

Social Work Research in New Zealand

 Part two  of Going Live by Allyson Davys, Liz Beddoe

Over the past decade, live observation of practice has increasingly become a routine event for health and social service professions both nationally and internationally. For social work in particular, where a practice climate of risk mitigation and competence assurance prevails, the requirement for practice to be formally assessed to retain registration or licencing is becoming more common.

Legislation in many countries mandates employers and professional bodies, to reassure the public about the qualifications and currency of practitioners’ work. One way to achieve this is to require the demonstration of competence in ‘real time’ practice, with opportunities for professional development, formative and summative feedback and assessment. Such demonstrations may reawaken anxiety and doubt associated with earlier student assessment. The observers may also lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform them. We identify a range of observation opportunities, outlining the advantages…

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