The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 121: How Can Critical Thinking Contribute to Informed Decisions?
How Can Critical Thinking Contribute to Informed Decisions?
Critical thinking involves the critical appraisal of beliefs and actions to arrive at well-reasoned ones. Richard Paul (1993, pp. 20–23) suggests that critical thinking has the following characteristics:
- It is purposeful.
- It is responsive to and guided by intellectual standards (relevance, clarity, accuracy, precision, depth, and breadth).
- It is guided by intellectual humility, integrity, perseverance, empathy, and self-discipline.
- Critical thinkers routinely identify the elements of thought in thinking about a problem such that logical connections are made between the elements and the problem. They ask the following: What is my purpose? What precise question am I trying to answer? Within what point of view am I thinking? What concepts or ideas are central to ...