Assessing Needs and Planning Care in Social Work

Brian Taylor, Toni Devine

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The assessment of needs and the process of planning care are central issues in modern social work practice. Skilled assessment of client needs and strengths is essential to effective planning and efficient provision of quality social work services including both counselling and personal care. The focus of this book is on the development of the skills required at each stage of the social work process: assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation. Throughout the book a balance is maintained between the focus on client involvement and the role of the social worker in an agency. The latter part of the book addresses practical issues in developing new approaches to assessment and care planning: primary workers, individual support and managing change. Social work practitioners, managers and trainers and students on qualifying and pre-qualifying training will find this an invaluable aid to the development of sound and yet creative practice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages144
ISBN (Print)978 1857 421 446
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 26 Mar 1993


  • Assessment
  • social work
  • care planning
  • decision making
  • Risk Assessment


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