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Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work
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Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work
An Introduction

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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

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
March 9, 2020

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