Putting Analysis into Assessment, Second Edition: Undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners (Paperback)
  • Putting Analysis into Assessment, Second Edition: Undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners (Paperback)

Putting Analysis into Assessment, Second Edition: Undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners (Paperback)

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Putting Analysis into Assessment is the essential guide to improving assessment practice in child care social work. It addresses the issues of central concern to child care social workers, including analytical assessment, outlines how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking and practice, provides strong theoretical foundations, and successfully demonstrates how these theory can be translated into practice. With reference to common and specialist assessments, the book covers every stage of the assessment process: planning and preparation, hypothesising, involving children and making, recording and reviewing decisions. This second edition features new and tested practice tools, practice development sessions and activities, plus new sections on risk and resilience and assessing need and risk in chronic situations. This toolkit will be valued by practitioners, managers, trainers and lecturers looking for a grounded resource which bridges theory and practice, and provides clear guidance to improve assessments.

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781907969294
Number of pages: 170
Dimensions: 296 x 210 x 10 mm
Edition: 2nd edition

As social workers are striving to push back the excessive levels of bureaucratisation and increase the space for professional practice, this excellent book offers easily understood ways to improve critical reasoning skills and will be useful for individuals, teams, and agencies. * Professor Eileen Munro Social Policy Department, London School of Economics *
I found the sections on resilience particularly helpful - and when I made use of the section on how to use research skills (e.g. developing hypotheses and cultural awareness) it received excellent feedback from students. Students commented on how it helped them to make sense of research skills, which they had previously struggled with and which with the best will in the world they had often seen as being somewhat distanced from their practice. -- Ruth Neville, Principal lecturer, Division of Social Work, University of Huddersfield
The authors have pulled together a variety of sources and interpreted legislative and practice guidance into user-friendly, practical tools to be used before, during and after assessment. Although essentially a toolkit for practitioners, it does not ignore the challenges, complexities and tensions often present in social work with children and families. Relevant and realistic attempts are made to interpret the context of assessment work before suggesting practical advice, which definitely adds to its value. The book is aimed at fine-tuning social work skills and improving the confidence of social work practitioners. It is recommended for newly qualified social workers and more experienced practitioners alike, with particular merit for those studying towards a post-qualifying award. If used as a 'team' resource this book could be helpful in developing and maintaining consistency among colleagues in completing assessments of need. -- Eve Desjardins, Adoption Social Worker, PSW (April 2012)

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