Working with Risk: Skills for Contemporary Social Work
October 2013, Polity
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 health.
Figures and Activity Boxes vi
1 Understanding Risk 1
2 Skills for Risk Assessment 9
3 The Art of Decision Making 43
4 Risk Planning and Management 71
5 Risk and Ethics 101
6 Review and Evaluation of Risk 121
7 Managing Self in the Organizational Context 146
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 University.
- Covers a core component of social work training: how to assess and manage risk
- Strong focus on the practical skills required to confidently face this everyday challenge, with all service-user groups
- Clearly and carefully lays out the frameworks and stages involved in balancing and managing risks
- Supports reflection and learning by including case studies, examples and reflective exercises alongside the main text
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 Ulster