Recording in Social Work
Originally published in 1972 Recording in Social Work looks at how recording has always been claimed as one of the necessary activities of social workers, whatever form of social work they undertake. The book deals systematically with recording, and the theory and practice recording takes, as well as the research projects and small-scale studies which discuss critically certain aspects of the method. The book offers a review of the history of recording, including a critical discussion of the three early texts on the subject. It surveys the literature on purposes of recording and concludes with an analysis of the main issues surrounding recording. The book assesses the present position of theory and practice in social work recording and suggests both ways in which the subject can be developed and the wider context.
General Editor’s Introduction Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Historical Observations 1.1. Some Broad Changes 1.2. Three Texts 2. Why Record? 2.1. Service 2.2. Direct Benefits 2.3. Indirect Benefits 2.4. Benefit to Clients in General 2.5. Teaching 2.6. Research 3. Some Critical Questions 3.1. Behaviour of the Recorders 3.2. The Results of Keeping a Record 3.3. Difficulties in Recording 3.4. Objectivity/Accuracy 3.5. Usefulness 3.6. Principles of Recording 3.7. Recording as Generic 3.8. Ethical Considerations 3.9. Different Kinds of Record 3.10. Conclusion Appendix Bibliography