By Terence O'Sullivan
At a time whilst responsibility and the avoidance of threat are more and more demanded of social paintings practitioners, the facility to clarify and reasoned specialist judgements is key. This welcome new version offers a supportive framework for making social paintings decisions and tests in accordance with a based and sensible procedure.
Assessing the social, organizational and mental backdrops which body all judgements, this well timed textual content explores:
? the major rules and objectives which tell determination making
? the pressures of creating judgements inside interprofessional settings
? reflexive techniques to research, choice making and final result evaluation
? the advanced courting among sound judgements and the attainment of deliberate outcomes
Woven via with perform eventualities appropriate to the numerous elements of social paintings, this article emphasizes the significance of excellent choice making to top of the range social paintings perform. Reassuringly transparent all through, this new addition to the BASW useful Social paintings sequence is middle interpreting for all serious about the sector of social paintings, even if as scholars, lecturers, practitioners or managers.
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Leroy regarding himself as a professional social worker brings to the task of residential child care the broad aim of enhancing John's wellbeing with due regard to the well-being of others. There is likely to be a measure of agreement about this broad aim, while opinions may differ as to what human well-being actually entails, how it can best be achieved, and what priority is to be given to achieving it when there are competing claims. Endeavours to achieve this aim need to be set in the context of the difficult and contradictory tasks undertaken by social workers on behalf of society, which by their very nature can involve both the care and control of clients.
But there are often other people centrally involved in a caring role, whose wellbeing has a direct impact on the welfare of the client. Though potentially they can have contradictory needs, their future wellbeing is often bound up with each other. The carer's welfare is affected by their caring role and the welfare of the primary client very much depends on the welfare of the carer who has needs of his Involving the Client 45 or her own, something recognised by the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.
The law can provide a framework for what the options are, but a solely legalistic view is too narrow to accommodate all the diversity and complexity of decision situations in social work. As Olive Stevenson states: The image of the social worker as 'agent of the law' is ... partial and dangerous. For it encourages a view of professional competence which rests solely or mainly on an ability to interpret and execute legal requirements, whereas, in fact, such competence rests on far wider abilities in which that elusive but crucial element of professional judgement is central.