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Continuing professional development: Enhancing high-quality practice

A requirement of professional registration in all four nations of the UK is that social workers must be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving knowledge and skills (CCW undated; GSCC 2002a; NISCC 2002; SSSC 2005). Against what has increasingly been recognized as a challenging backdrop for social workers, this chapter seeks to look at some of the issues that arise from meeting the new requirements for both practitioners and employers. It seeks to offer some strategies that practitioners can employ in supporting their continuing professional development and in so doing contribute to the wider discussion about the changing roles and identities of contemporary social work.