Level 3

What Interventions Social Workers Should Know

General Information
Social workers engage with individuals, families, groups and communities, working alongside people to assess and intervene using good communication, effective relationships and using their professional judgement to employ a range of interventions in order to:
Promote independence, Provide support and protection, Take preventative action, Promote wellbeing, and Evaluate the outcome.

1. Interventions Students Should Know
Be able to advocate on behalf of the client.
Assess, plan, implement and review effective interventions with clients.
Use methods to promote positive change.
Recognise how community resources and networks enhance outcomes for the individual.
Be able to recognise and adjust interventions with changing circumstances.

2. Interventions ASYE’s Should Know
Interventions should respect the needs and wishes of clients.
Show evidence of professional reasoning, judgements and decisions.
Build a network of intervention relationships.
Develop the ability to manage resistance.
Use assessment information to select appropriate interventions.
Use a planned and structured approach to change.
Keep records and report progress of intervention.
Use professional authority as an intervention, responsibly.
Recognise the change and risk factors caused through interventions.

3. Interventions qualified social workers need to know.
Use your authority in managing challenging situations.
Routinely explain professional reasoning where appropriate.
Engage in complex situations.
Expand the range of interventions.
Develop an expertise in one or more intervention.
Make decisions when positive change isn’t happening.
Actively initiate supportive groups, networks including professional ones.
Use contingency planning in anticipation of changing circumstances.
Recognise and manage the authority of your position.
Actively support and initiate community groups.

4. Interventions experienced social workers need to know.
Use interventions quickly in crisis situations.
Contribute information to the organisations about interventions.
Help others to manage changing circumstances.
Recognise and manage the authority of your position.
Assess and manage risk in complex cases and help others.

5. Interventions advanced social workers need to know.
Identify when more strategic or expert interventions are needed.
Have an expertise in an intervention and support others.
Engage, facilitate and evaluate research regarding interventions.
Internal interventions, manage organisational change to improve positive outcomes.
Promote the use of evidence-based interventions to support practice.
Use effective interventions in complex and challenging situations.

6. Interventions strategic social workers need to know.
Internal intervention by providing leadership and support in challenging situations.
Internal intervention by creating an organisational ethos of support.
Lead research into the development of  interventions.
Create a internal culture of supportive networks.
Internal intervention by managing and containing the anxiety of others.
Improve interventions from feedback from practitioners and service users.