This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Risk assessment and risk management


Risk assessment is a key element of social work practice that requires an understanding of risk, and the skills to assess and manage risk. Social workers’ approach to the assessment and management of risk is fundamentally linked to social work values and professional standards. It is therefore essential to reflect on definitions of risk and how a definition informs the assessment and management of risk in practice. There is no agreed universal concept of risk, as views and perceptions of risk differ across organisations and professions. Risk is socially constructed and multifaceted with concepts of what constitutes risk evolving in cultural and historical contexts (Titterton, 2005). As the setting and environment in which risk operates can have ...

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