Outline the innovative social work practice/policy/program approach you are using or proposing sing diffusion of innovation (DOI) theory (Rogers 2003; Salveron et al, 2006), identify a practice area of social work when working with children and families (e.g. children and/ or families who are homeless, affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, children/families who are refugees, children in schools etc) and discuss an innovative practice, policy or program approach to address the needs of this group.
Introduction (100-200 words)
Social work setting (approx 500-600 words)
Briefly describe the social and organisational context in which the innovative practice is proposed or practiced (e.g in school setting, mental health team, hospital, drug and alcohol service, homeless service, corrections, domestic violence service etc) and/or population group (e.g. homeless families, foster/adoptive families or carers, children who have been traumatised, survivors of different forms of abuse etc). Use literature and statistics to highlight the significance of issues being discussed (such as using ABS or AIHW statistics on numbers of children who experience child abuse, homelessness, whose parents experience a mental illness, domestic/family violence, who are truanting school etc)
Social work approach (approx 600-700 words)
Outline the innovative social work practice/policy/program approach you are using or proposing
Give reasons why this approach is innovative in this practice context (e.g. collaborative, multidisciplinary, cross agency, new application of theory to practice etc)
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the innovative approach.
How is the approach relevant to social work ethics and values (e.g. using AASW Code of Ethics)?
DOI theory (approx 600-700 words)
What key features of an organisation fosters innovation? (e.g. creativity, commitment, leaders etc) What works against innovation? (e.g. culture of organisation etc)
Integrate diffusion of innovation concepts throughout the essay
Conclusion (100-200 words)
This critical practice analysis can be written in the first person because it can link your personal reflections with your professional experiences. However, it is an academic paper and therefore referencing is required, to illustrate your theoretical understandings of social work practice.
A minimum of 15 references required.
Harvard style referencing only.