Working with Risk

Working with Risk : Skills for Contemporary Social Work

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Assessing and managing risk is a daily challenge for social workers. Working with risk can be anxiety provoking and demanding, requiring great skill and high levels of confidence. In these complex situations, social workers have to work hard to get the balance right. This innovative book focuses on the development and use of skills for work with risk. Using a range of case studies, examples and reflective exercises, the authors examine the key skills required to work effectively with risk. Various chapters focus on assessment skills, gathering and evaluation of information, decision-making challenges, and ethical issues. Recognising the difficulties presented in the context of busy statutory work, there is a strong focus on practical skills and tips for improving risk management plans. The book also pays careful attention to the emotional impact of working with risk, with a final chapter on the management of self in the challenging and sometimes distressing world of social work.Written in a reader-friendly, accessible style, the book will be essential reading for students and staff across a range of social work settings, including community care, adult services, child protection and mental more

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  • Electronic book text | 176 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745679048
  • 9780745679044

Table of contents

Figures and Activity Boxes Acknowledgments Chapter One: Understanding Risk Chapter Two: Skills for Risk Assessment Chapter Three: The Art of Decision Making Chapter Four: Risk Planning and Management Chapter Five: Risk and Ethics Chapter Six: Review and Evaluation of Risk Chapter Seven: Managing Self in the Organizational Context Conclusionshow more

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"As we would expect from Hazel Kemshall and colleagues, this text conveys complex ideas about risk and danger whilst making them meaningful to social work practitioners struggling to work ethically and proportionately in organizations and systems focused on managing institutional risk and blame."Sue White, University of Birmingham"This new book addresses a high priority aspect of practice for social work in the modern world. Building on professional experience, research and teaching, this book is rooted in practice issues, and it will be valued by social workers in diverse settings to help them reflect on and develop their work in this complex area."Brian Taylor, University of Ulstershow more

About Hazel Kemshall

Hazel Kemshall is professor of community and criminal justice at De Montfort University. Bernadette Wilkinson is an independent trainer and consultant, working with practitioners and managers in youth justice and probation, on issues of assessment, planning and management of risk. Kerry Baker is senior lecturer in criminology at London South Bank more

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