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Decision Making, Assessment and Risk in Social Work


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Introduction A framework for decisions, assessment and risk Client decisions, perspectives, emotions and crises Legal aspects of decisions, assessment and risk Assessment, risk assessment and decision support systems Professional judgement, bias and using knowledge in assessment and decisions Judgements about safeguarding and service eligibility, and predicting harm Risk-taking care choices: values, gains and hazards Collaboration, communication and contest in assessment, risk and decision processes Dynamics of practice: managing risk, reassessing, and changing your mind Managing decisions, assessment and risk: support, blame and learning Conclusion Appendix 1 Pointers in designing or completing an assessment to inform a decision in uncertainty Appendix 2 Supported decision tool Appendix 3 Professional Capabilities Framework Glossary of terms

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Professor Brian Taylor is course director for the MSc in Professional Development in Social Work at the University of Ulster.. Brian had a lead role in contributing to the development of a new post qualifying education and training framework for social work in Northern Ireland (2005-07) and the development of new programmes in partnership with all major employers of social workers. His major area of research is decision-making in social work as well as evidence based practice. He is editor of Working with Agression and Resistance in Social Work.

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