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12. Reflecting on professional language

Listen to Vicki, a social worker in the field of children and families social work. Here she reflects on how her writing has changed and discusses how to write in an accessible way.

As you listen, make notes on the following areas:-

  1. What does Vicki say about her writing when she was a newly qualified social worker?
  2. Why might social work records be important to children as they grow older?
  3. Vicki discusses writing in an accessible way. What features does she describe as part of this?
  4. Who might read Vicki’s written reports?
  5. What does she say about using professional language?
  6. What changes has Vicki noticed in the way some professionals write?