Decision Making in Social Work by Terence O'Sullivan

By Terence O'Sullivan

At a time whilst responsibility and the avoidance of possibility are more and more demanded of social paintings practitioners, the power to clarify and reasoned specialist judgements is key. This welcome new version presents a supportive framework for making social paintings decisions and exams in response to a based and sensible technique.

Assessing the social, organizational and mental backdrops which body all judgements, this well timed textual content explores:
? the foremost rules and ambitions which tell selection making
? the pressures of constructing judgements inside interprofessional settings
? reflexive methods to research, choice making and end result evaluation
? the advanced courting among sound judgements and the attainment of deliberate outcomes

Woven via with perform eventualities acceptable to the numerous features of social paintings, this article emphasizes the significance of fine selection making to top of the range social paintings perform. Reassuringly transparent all through, this new addition to the BASW useful Social paintings sequence is center examining for all curious about the sphere of social paintings, even if as scholars, lecturers, practitioners or managers.

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Within a decision making framework, the focus is on decisions that concern the client's own life situation and the services she or he receives, but clients may also need to be collectively involved in deciding agency policy and the general service provision (Beresford and Croft, 1993; Forbes and Sashidharan, 1997). Three issues of client involvement are discussed in this chapter: firstly, identifying the client is not always straightforward and in many decision situations there is more than one client; secondly, there are different levels of involvement and in some decision situations there may be a ceiling on the highest achievable level; and thirdly, active steps may be needed so that the client feels sufficiently empowered to become involved.

The staff team are having a weekly meeting with John to discuss the previous week and plan for the next. John had cut himself last week in response to Leroy calling another member of staff, when John had come to his room wanting to talk at three o'clock in the morning. John's self-harm behaviour is raising a question mark over the suitability of The Grove to meet his needs. The discussion has centred around John's forthcoming child care review and the issue of his possible transfer to the authority's own therapeutically oriented secure unit.

CHAPTER SUMMARY AND KEY POINTS Although decision making is a key part of social work, it has received comparatively little attention. This chapter has laid some of the ground before each aspect of the decision making framework is discussed in the following chapters. Decision making was defined as a process of making a choice, which in social work involves issues of taking into account the contexts , how to involve the client, consulting with the stakeholders, thinking and feeling clearly, framing complex decision situations, being clear about the basis of choice and evaluating these processes as well as the implementation and outcome of the decision.

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