Working with Risk: Skills for Contemporary Social Work by Hazel Kemshall

By Hazel Kemshall

Assessing and coping with probability is a regular problem for social staff. operating with threat might be nervousness frightening and important, requiring nice ability and excessive degrees of self belief. In those complicated events, social staff need to work flat out to get the stability correct.

This cutting edge e-book makes a speciality of the improvement and use of abilities for paintings with chance. utilizing a number case reports, examples and reflective routines, the authors learn the most important talents required to paintings successfully with danger. numerous chapters concentrate on evaluation abilities, collecting and evaluate of knowledge, decision-making demanding situations, and moral matters. Recognising the problems offered within the context of busy statutory paintings, there's a powerful concentrate on useful abilities and guidance for making improvements to threat administration plans. The ebook additionally can pay cautious awareness to the emotional effect of operating with danger, with a last bankruptcy at the administration of self within the tough and occasionally distressing international of social work.

Written in a reader-friendly, obtainable kind, the publication might be crucial interpreting for college students and employees throughout more than a few social paintings settings, together with group care, grownup providers, baby defense and psychological health.

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Reder and Duncan (2004a) draw attention to the importance of practitioners understanding that, when they communicate to other professionals, they communicate both facts and the meanings that they have attributed to those facts. For example, factual information about the regularity of contact of an older person with family members might be communicated in a way that suggests that the family doesn’t care, or in a way that suggests that the family has practical difficulties but wants to be involved.

That is, where routinization is combined with bureaucracy, risk assessment becomes embedded in administrative tasks like completing forms, inputting computer data, or routinely completing tick-box risk assessments, critical and reflective decision making can be further eroded (Munro 2010a, b; Peckover et al. 2011). In such situations, when investigated with the benefit of hindsight, practitioners can appear to have been unresponsive to risk, but in essence routinization has resulted in the atrophy of vigilance both in the risk system and in individual risk practice (Kemshall 1998b, 2003; Reason 1997, 2009).

In the case of Mary and her father above, judgements about the level of risk could have significant implications. Without the luxury of absolute certainty in social work this means that each risk decision will have the potential to lead to: • a false positive where a risk is identified that does not in fact occur and where an unnecessary intervention has taken place; or • a false negative where risk has wrongly been felt to be lower, an intervention is not provided and a serious harm does in fact take place.

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