Professional Decision Making and Risk in Social Work (2nd Ed.)

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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. This revised second edition has more of a focus on risk within social work practice as many social workers face daily pressure to make sound decisions in very difficult circumstances. 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. Featuring illustrations from practice as well as case studies and practical activities to aid learning, this book provides a holistic view of decision making and risk as a core aspect of effective social work practice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)978-1-4462-6659-5 AND 978-1-44626-658-8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 19 Mar 2013


  • assessment
  • decision making
  • governance
  • professional judgement
  • risk


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