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
|Number of pages||185|
|ISBN (Print)||ISBN: 9781844453597|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2010|
- decision making
- social work
- professional judgement
- care decision pathway.