First published in 1998, Social Assessment Theory and Practice provides an innovative and comprehensive theoretical and practical basis for social assessment. It examines both multi-disciplinary and multi-professional issues in social assessment and is based on perspectives drawn from all the major service users and oppressed social groups. The book integrates social theory and practice at multiple levels, using summaries, checklists, diagrams and a running case study.
’…provides a carefully and cogently argued theoretical basis for the process of assessment which underpins a clearly defined methodology for its execution…deserves a wide readership…’ British Journal of Social Work ’The book succeeds in making connections across a diversity of situations, theories and practices in social assessment, while at the same time remaining very close to the everyday practice of social work…of great value for trainers and professionals…’ European Journal of Social Work
Part 1. Critical Auto/biography: Social Theory for Social Assessment. 1. Values and Methodology. 2. Taking Social Difference Seriously. 3. Reflexivity: Personal Involvement and Responsibility. 4. Historical Location. 5. Interacting Social Systems: The Personal and the Structural. 6. Power. Part 2. Critical Auto/biography: Developing Methods and Dialogues in Practice. 7. Social Assessment and Multi-Professional Practice. 8. Assessing Needs, Risks and Strengths. 9. Children and Families. 10. Mental Health and Distress. 11. Older People. 12. Disabled People. Part 3. Conclusion. 13. Towards Effective Social Assessment.
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