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By Terence O'Sullivan

At a time while 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 checks in response to a dependent and sensible process.

Assessing the social, organizational and mental backdrops which body all judgements, this well timed textual content explores:
? the foremost ideas and targets which tell determination making
? the pressures of constructing judgements inside of interprofessional settings
? reflexive techniques to research, determination making and consequence evaluation
? the complicated dating among sound judgements and the attainment of deliberate outcomes

Woven via with perform eventualities acceptable to the various points 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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There is no shortage of texts setting out the legal context in detail (for example, see Vernon, 1990; Mallinson, 1992; and Mandelstam, 1995). The exact position of law in relation to social work can be disputed between it being the central determining focus and being one of a number of important considerations (Braye and Preston Shoot, 1992, p. 2). It is not contested that knowledge of the law is essential for social workers but that such knowledge in isolation should not determine decisions alone.

The family group, possibly including Ann's two daughters and her boyfriend, could be regarded as the client either as a household or wider network (see O'Sullivan, 1994). Another view would be to work with Ann and her 15-year-old daughter, who has taken on a caring role. When there is more than one client, it may be necessary to make a distinction between primary clients and secondary clients. Primary and secondary clients The primary client or clients will be defined as the person or persons whose welfare is the central focus.

A number of thoughts went through Sandra's mind when she wondered what she would do if this happens. She considered resigning, but decided she could not afford to do so. She considered taking out a formal grievance, but believed it would get nowhere in an agency dominated by what is considered high-priority work, leaving little room for preventative work. Sandra came to the conclusion that she would have no choice but to tell Ann their work had to come to an end. She imagines explaining to Ann how it was a management decision that in the end she was unable to influence.

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