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Practice framework

Last updated: 07/08/2023

Reflexive practice

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.

Applied practice resources

Video – Confronting colonisation (RNZ's Land of the Long White Cloud series)

Video – Connecting to Aotearoa (RNZ's Land of the Long White Cloud series)

Video – Camara Jones talks about race and racism using allegories

Related practice standard

Work closely in partnership with others