Unit 2

Mandatory unit 2
Promote Professional Development
An important principle of continual professional development is to continue much more then going on courses. All organisations need to develop a learning culture with work base learning at the heart of this.
Continued professional development is a process of life - long learning that meets the needs of the young people and enables the staff to expand and fulfil their potential. It is important to continually improve your knowledge and practice in order to remain aware and keep updated in regards to current guideline, legislations and standards.
As a manager it is my role and responsibility to ensure that staff are kept up to date with all legislations, standards and guideline changes. The GSCC code of practice states that Social care employers must provide training and development opportunities to enable social care workers to strengthen and develop their skills and knowledge. Personal development benefits the individual, the organisation and for people who use the service. Better knowledge leads to better practice.
There are many potential barriers to professional development, which includes:
Personal barriers.
Intellectual barriers – over confidence in own ability
Social barriers - lack of encouragement from managers
Emotional barriers- low self esteem
Time pressures
Lack of child care facilities
Family and other commitments
Financial barriers
Training venue inaccessible – too far away
Lack of budget
Organisation barriers and work pressures
Lack of training opportunities in organisation
Staff shortages
Lack of cover during absences
These barriers should be discussed during supervision and appraisals, this is also the time to give guidance, support and encouragement leading to a more productive workforce which feels valued. During supervision and appraisal you should discuss your professional development. Training and development needs should then be identified and followed...