I have already mentioned in my Planning and Development stages that for the purpose of completing the Graded Unit Project, I assisted a service user; whom I assigned the alias of ‘David’, to play a group game of basketball. Now I have completed the activity, I will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project as a whole, as well as evaluating the appropriateness of the methods and theories I used in my practice.
With the aim of identifying a suitable activity, I cross-referenced the information in David’s support plan with Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’. Maslow’s theory (1943) allowed me to focus on short-term goals to improve his lack of confidence and self-esteem, and how assisting with the development these personality traits would ultimately reward David with the attribute of problem-solving. I then proposed the recreational activity to David on the grounds of encouraging his development in the afore-mentioned areas with the view of pursuing the long-term goal of increased independence.
While formulating this activity, I decided I had to gather information from the various units I have covered throughout my HNC Social Care studies, with particular consideration given to the values on which The Scottish Government’s [TSG] ‘National Care Standards’ (2005) were created. The British Association of Social Workers (2012) tell us that these ‘values’ can be regarded as particular types of beliefs that people hold about what is regarded as worthy or valuable. In social care, these values consist of Dignity, Privacy, Choice, Safety, Realising Potential, and Equality & Diversity. As these are the underpinning principles Scottish Social Service Council’s [SSSC] ‘Codes of Practice’ (2009), I strived to implement them as much as possible throughout the entirety of my project.
After assessing his needs, I knew that raising and maintaining David’s self-esteem was very important to his wellbeing. His insecurities revolved around his need for attention from others. Therefore, I recognised that encouraging David’s participation in socially-inclusive activities was a good starting point. My rationale is sanctioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence [SCIE] who believe that ensuring effective access to and participation in social activities for all is an essential dimension of promoting an inclusive society, which can lead to greater self-confidence and higher self-esteem (SCIE, 2010, p.50). Additionally, I empowered David further in the activity selection process by asking him to decide which sport he would like to play.
Most service users, including David, are often the best judges of their own needs, which can often be overlooked (Choice in care, 2012). On this occasion, choice was offered to David with a small amount of apprehension as I was aware that failure in attempts to try new challenges could be harmful to his confidence. Nevertheless, David has the right to take risks to identify and manage his...