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Taylor, Brian J (2010) Professional Decision Making in Social Work. Exeter: Learning Matters Post Qualifying Social Work Series. 185 pp ISBN ISBN: 9781844453597 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

Many social workers face daily pressure to make sound decisions in very difficult circumstances, occasionally having to manage impossible expectations. Politicians and the media may spotlight care decisions where a tragedy or complaint occurs. In this complex arena of conflicting demands and considerations – from the public, the client, the family, the organisation – the professional needs a robust and yet flexible framework to inform practice decisions. This book is written to help social work practitioners and students make professional decisions with clients; from exercising statutory powers and duties to protect children from abuse, to making decisions about risk.Contents: • Introduction • Roles, concepts and frameworks for decision making • Crises, emotions and supporting client decision making • Consent, human rights and reasonable decisions in law • Collaborative and contested decisions • Professional judgement, bias and using knowledge • Safeguarding judgements and predicting harm • Taking risks: values, gains and hazards • Assessment tools and decision support systems • Dynamic decision making and care decision pathways • Managing decisions: support, blame and learning • Conclusion

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:decision making, social work, crisis, risk, assessment, prediction, negligence, professional judgement, care decision pathway.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:16750
Deposited By:Professor Brian Taylor
Deposited On:21 Dec 2010 10:18
Last Modified:21 Dec 2010 10:18

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