Being reflexive means we work respectfully and empathically because we recognise how we, ourselves, influence the very situations and contexts in which we work.
This means we:
- consider ourselves – 'Ko wai au?' ('Who am I?') – in relation to others and within our context to develop an awareness of personal values, beliefs, biases and the impact of our own experience on our practice
- reflect on our practice and consider our emotional responses (both our own and those we work with) to the impact of harm (ill-treatment, abuse, neglect or deprivation) of tamariki and rangatahi
- recognise how power exhibits itself in various spaces, especially within a statutory context
- support each other to reflect on our mahi, acknowledging emotional responses, tensions and biases, and promoting growth, accountability and stretch.