Preparing and presenting a reflective case account

The purpose of reflecting on your practice is to help you and the assessor to gain an understanding of your competence in conducting or managing a case, how you did so, and what you have learned.

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When reflecting on your cases for your case accounts, you should consider:

  • How and why you decided to conduct matters in a particular way, what you understood was important for the client and their situation (including the needs of any children) and your own assessment of the case at the outset.
  • What you actually did, and how you decided on the particular advice or information given, and the involvement of other professionals. This also includes the skills or techniques you provided or used and how you applied them.
  • How you considered and balanced the requirements of the Resolution Code of Practice and ensured you adhered to it.
  • What you learned as a result.
  • What you might do differently having reflected on your management or conduct of the case.

Please note that ‘Reflective Practice’ is not:

  • About simply providing the ‘right’ answers.
  • Rehearsing the applicable law, statute or precedent (although you may wish to reference in footnotes the relevant law, statute or precedent, or to talk about how your analysis of the case led you to be aware of same).

Selecting your cases

It is important to choose your cases carefully. Read through the required competencies in knowledge and understanding, and performance criteria, and select completed cases that give you as much opportunity as possible to demonstrate and evidence the required competencies and how you have met them. If you cannot find cases that cover the majority of competencies as set out, then you should think carefully about whether you should make an application immediately or should wait until you have sufficient additional experience to be able to demonstrate the required competencies.

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