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WEL73001 Evaluation of Social Work Practice: Critical Self-reflection Report on Polly and Me Assessment 3 Answer

WEL73001 Issues of Protection

 Assessment 3: Critical Self-reflection Report

Aim: This assignment task is designed to support the development of your knowledge and skills in critical self-reflection. This is an essential component of child and family practice.


Critically reflect on your experience of completing Assessment task 2. You are to use the ‘steps in reflective practice’ that Fisher (2009) adapted from Gibbs (1988) to guide this reflective process (located in the Blackboard unit site). This includes the steps of description, analysis, confrontation and reconstruction. You must demonstrate a critical analysis of self and the related issues, and draw on theory, research and concepts covered in the unit. You must consider both your strengths and areas of development.

Marking criteria:

  1. Knowledge – demonstrated ability to understand and synthesise skills and knowledge covered through the unit (15%).
  2. Critical analysis – demonstrated ability to conduct a critical analysis of the skills and knowledge utilised, together with a critical self-reflection of your case study experience (Assessment task 2) (15%).
  3. Communication – demonstrated ability to communicate in an academic way regarding expression, report presentation, logical structure, grammar, spelling (Australian) and word length (5%).

Research – demonstrated engagement with academic literature including quality, extent and relevance of literature used to support your arguments (5%).



Through the report, the purpose is to evaluate the Social work practice which has been described as the case which combines both the art and a science, The role of the social work, is to understand how one works and what can be the self-practice which can be improved, while taking care of the other parties ‘personal and professional ‘that can derive an important meaning for the client’s world (Wolfram, 2018). Further, through this paper, the main focus is on the criticality examining the case study of the “Polly and Me” and reflecting it (Stough, 2018). The paper would follow Fisher's (2009) steps for reflective practice and would flow with the majority of the event, including the event personal experience and also including the feelings and thoughts which can further evaluate the well, poorly, and/or challenging interpretation. Further, the main role is to analyses, how in the given framework the analysis can be drawn with the confrontation or challenge while interpreting own self-analysis. In the last stage, the reconstruction, of the events would help to evaluate for the future practice(Song, 2018)


Being a Master of Social Work (MSW) Student the main aim was to examine the “Polly and Me” and critically self-reflect some of the points as examined from the assent 2. After understanding the video, noting the strengths and weaknesses stressor tool, the goal is to write about the health and wellbeing of the child/family.

Personal experience

It was really difficult to watch the video and I felt depressed after watching it. The initial experience was to watch the video in the small bits and then again check the points, note the points, and also check all the strengths and the weak point. It was difficult, to revisit the video, showing violence and crime against the women and the child. Not only they were violated of the basic rights, harassed, and constant exploitation by the men was equally was disturbing and disrupting. At first, I was shocked to see the series of events and how the child was neglected for even the small things such as going out and spending time with the mother in the park,  girl being denied of all the motherly affection, and was completed neglected. I feel sympathizes, disoriented, and also anxious, with the way a child has been treated by the mother and her partners. The child not only saw crime against her mother in silence but also saw sexual engagements, forced crimes, and even the mother dependent on drugs with the signs of remorse and closed eyes. The child was even denied to go out in the park, for the picnic, school all were denied and she constantly faced the stressful home life. She loved her mother and though about the wellbeing similarly, mother was affectionate towards her child, but was helpless in many scenarios.


In the video, as identified how the violence and the perpetual child sexual abuse, has made it difficult to concentrate on the mental and the family wellbeing of the family (Stough, 2018). While doing the assessment, it was difficult to identify a situation wherein the child would not be removed from the home and how to care for them. It was challenging to watch the video, unable to correct the situation, and feeling helpless to see how the child would have been experiencing in such a situation (Toros, 2016).


Child protection is a relatively new domain for me, within the social work practice. Being part of the Master of social work, I have understood how to enact quickly and swiftly protecting the rights of the child with the utmost beliefs and values. The main role is to understand how to proceed to take care of the child protection which has been obligated with the care social work which I would not be able to continue, as it was helpful and the disturbing situation (Toros, 2017). I felt strongly to step in and correct the situation, by making the child and the mother understand their basic rights and correct the situation. As both mother and the child, lacked guidance, objective, and understand the value of life, it was important to intervene and help them understand the living experience they hold in the everyday scenario. Understanding it with my own life, I can reflect on how the problem of domestic violence feels as it has happened to my mother.  The video was a reflection of the everyday modern women and children who are helpless and do not know how to approach the matter. The video reflecting the negative elements has further caused anxiety in me, to question the basic denied rights which the mother and the child have to face for the everyday scenario (Whitkar, 2017). Every time, I have to bring back my emotions and the mind back to the task, as the video showcasing the violence and relating it with my own experience, I felt lost and even disorganized. As per the child protection workers, the problem of the can be faced due to the everyday anxiety facing workers, experiencing a painful psychological burden and even experiencing the unconscious response in the worker, that can identify the painful internal state, and how to provoke the feeling of the distancing needs of the child/family. From the video, I  have to control my feelings and subconsciously I have to control my feelings in distancing myself from the child who was in danger and the feeling was very volatile for me. I felt restless and even wanted to retaliate with strong emotions. The video assessment also helps to identify the circumstances, situation, and professional child protection which were the main objective of the video. (Queensland Government, 2010).  The women's partner not only abused their mother hit her violently but also exploited the child, when the mother was not around, leading to a child feeling violated and not being able to speak up. It was a traumatic experience and even associating with my past, wherein the child abuse offenders are the regular offenders, like to exploit the child once they are victims. The mother was not even aware of the situation and the child was unable to complain to the mother as she was too concerned about mother wellbeing (Leigh, 2018). The mother, on the other hand, was an alcoholic, drug addict and didn't know how to take care of the child. At no point I could see, her mother allowing the child to go to the park, go to a picnic, cook food or spend some quality time with her. While associating it with my view and past, I could see how family together behaves and overcome such situations. I felt the child should rescue from the situation which is described as the 6 of an unconscious process and further it is called as the counter-transference reaction that can help to relate with the past experiences in a worker’s life, which can further trigger the strong emotions originating from the child/family and a desire to ‘rescue’ (Leigh, 2018).


In my view, the mother was wrong as not only she didn’t know the strong family values, bonding with the child, but also made the child suffer due to her own needs and watts. I would judge the mother to not take care of her basic rights, keep a close check on the men who are voting the home. In such a situation the best practice is to follow the family principles and how there can be required assessment that can be faced as a result of the child’s welfare which is the main evidence (Queensland Government, 2010). As observed the sexual abuse was a very disturbing event and further, it has provoked the feelings of how to control such matters. As per the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) code of ethics along with the values, it is important to hold respect for the persons and professional integrity which can help to handle all such scenarios, regardless of race, gender, and all. (Leigh, 2018) The foundational principles along with the best practice model for having helped to provide a collaborative working relationship that can help the families and how to control their life (Queensland Government, 2010). From the views shared by the Fook (2018), it is important for the positive family outcomes within the child protection cases, and to identify how the parent felt heard obligated and even understood the feeling of not judging and supporting as a social worker. As per the in-depth analysis, I was relating the case with own personal experience.  Defying the odds of the AASW principles of self-determination it is concluded as to have the life choices. The strength-based approaches help to identify the professional standards and how it would be actively be looked for (Kurihara, 2016). The inner and outer strengths have to be associated with someone as a victim and then identifying the language, power, and how to dismiss the strengths for the people to handle all such cases. As per the strengths-based approach would not involve the ecological system a family can face, live, and even experience due to the social and economic structures which would marginalize and experience the disadvantage. As per the strength-based approach, it is important to hold an ecological perspective and identify the factors of the protective and risk factors that can be viewed as the problem set up and how the family is living in such a scenario and the setup of the social, economic and political structures. In my view, the family victimized, which takes power, self-determination along with humanity. In my opinion, as the video showed a strong case of child abuse and from my past trauma condition, I would not feel eager to be part of the child protection, as it is too disturbing. Further, the children should be safe and sound as a professional social worker. As per this framework, the guiding principle in social work would be how to evaluate the social justice that can represent the professional responsibility to work and protect the vulnerable children along with the families facing violence, having the disadvantage and inequity. It is in line with the United Nations Convention which protects the Rights of the Child, and the Family and Child Protection within Australia (Queensland Government, 2010). In my opinion, the child protection can bring a negative energizing and overwhelming emotions Pangbourne (2017) identifies how there can be emotions which would equally be stressful, which can lead the person feeling victimized as they see the child abuse (Kuzyšin, 2020). 


As per child protection and family welfare is one of the strong emotions and reactions which have experience and part of the critical self-reflection. It would be important to adopt the strategies and also channelize the self-measure that can help in the best professional care for service users and to also maintain one own personal well-being (Kuzyšin 2020). It is essential to be self-controlled with the thoughts, not to be judgmental, and be strong in repressing the viewpoints. The Giuliano (2017) has also identified child protection workers, further space to rethink and rebuild while evaluating own emotions.


To conclude, the self-reflection is one of the art and science that has further helped to examine the values, beliefs, assumptions that can help the social workers to practice and even foster the improved self through the process in the values, beliefs along with the assumptions. It is important as a social worker who needs to improve with everyday practice, demonstrates the healthy work and relationships with the clients. Due to the self-practice and improvement in the self-techniques, it helps in improving the examining, restructuring, and even reconstructing the evidence, that can help to create an everyday self-awareness daily practice. The video showing so many negative synergies such as the violence, sexual exploitation, drugs use, and even unable to spend time with each other, I was unable to sleep and felt disturbed for quite some time. My heart and the mind feet anxious and even disturbed, and while noting down the major strengths and the weakness, I felt disoriented, lost and even got carried away with the feeling couple of times. 

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