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Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work

Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work
An Introduction


March 2020 | 208 pages | Learning Matters

As practising social workers, your students will need to be able to make sound judgments in complex contexts and when they are under pressure. This book covers the essential knowledge they will require to understand and develop skills in relation to professional judgement and decision making processes, including:

-        the use of assessment tools;

-        engagement in assessment and decision processes;

-        the context of risk, complexity and uncertainty in practice;

-        communication and management of risk within social care processes.


Part One: Essential Practice Principles
Chapter 1: A framework for assessment, risk and decisions
Chapter 2: Involving clients in assessment and decisions
Chapter 3: Assessing needs, risk and capacity: tools and processes
Chapter 4: Collaborating, communicating and managing conflict in making decisions
Chapter 5: Knowledge, critical thinking analysis and reflection
Part Two: Particular Considerations
Chapter 6: Legal and ethical aspects of assessment, risk and decisions
Chapter 7: Professional judgement and using knowledge in practice
Chapter 8: Safeguarding and eligibility for services
Chapter 9: Managing risk and positive risk-taking in planning care
Chapter 10: Developing your professional skills

I would recommend this book to enable the reader to either gain a basic understanding of the social work task around assessment and risk, or as a refresher for experienced practitioners who may want to take stock and reevaluate their practice in the field of risk assessment and management. It would be a good “aide memoir” for practice teachers when preparing for supervision of a student social worker, and could be a good tool to use in developing practice discussions around risk, values and professional accountability and responsibility.

Michael Stewart
Consultant, Protecting Children, CELCIS
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care - Vol 19, No 3

Essential reading for our Year 2 and Year 3 Social Work Students

Mrs Samantha Dean
Health, Care and Early Years, Yeovil College
September 13, 2022

I have found this book to be an invaluable resource for teaching assessment skills to pre-qualifying social work students. It's helpfully mapped to the PCF and is full of practical case examples and exercises for students. I would definitely recommend this book

Dr Andy Jolly
School of Health Professions, Plymouth University
September 22, 2021

Covers essential practice areas. Offers a broad range of theoretical and practice models for assessment and decision-making.

Mr Peter Benbow
Social Work and Professional Practice, Nottingham Trent University
April 26, 2021

this is a useful book for a range of modules and provide clear detail in a logical format.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
October 16, 2020