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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

Second Edition


May 2024 | 232 pages | Learning Matters
As a practising social worker, you will need to be able to make sound judgments in complex contexts and when you are under pressure. This book covers the essential knowledge you will need 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: Introducing key concepts
 
Chapter 1: A framework for assessment, risk and decisions
 
Chapter 2: Involving individuals and families 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: Analysis in assessment
 
Part Two: Application to practice
 
Chapter 6: Legal and ethical aspects of assessment, risk and decisions
 
Chapter 7: Professional judgement and using knowledge in practice
 
Chapter 8: Safeguarding, protecting and eligibility for services
 
Chapter 9: Managing risk and positive risk-taking in planning care
 
Chapter 10: Reflecting on your professional practice

A useful introduction to the concept of risk - accessible for students as a first text

Ms Sarah Rowe
Dept of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Huddersfield University
May 28, 2024

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