Assessment and Intervention
Assessment and intervention are two of the core processes in social work. From the moment you receive a case file, you need to think about the judgements to be made, the needs to assess and the best help to provide. This theme offers an array of resources which bring together the many elements of the processes of assessment and intervention.
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Book chapters
Approaches to practice Approaches to practice
In this chapter from 'Social Work Process and Practice: Approaches, Knowledge and Skills', David Watson and Janice West discuss effective practice, the different tasks associated with an effective method and the importance of developing your own appr...
Effective assessment processes Effective assessment processes
In this chapter from 'Assessment in Social Work, 4e', Judith Milner, Steve Myers and Patrick O'Byrne examine the effectiveness of the Common Assessment Framework and Single Assessment Process, discussing the different types of assessment before sugge...
The assessment task and process: factors that promote and inhibit a child focus The assessment task and process: factors that promote and inhibit a child focus
A systematic approach to assessment plays a key role in preventing a neglected child being marginalised further due to their situation. In this chapter from 'Child Neglect: Identification and Assessment', Jan Horwath discusses the evidence-base that ...
Engaging and assessing in social care Engaging and assessing in social care
In this chapter from 'Social Care Practice in Context', Malcolm Payne discusses how engagement in social care allows service users and carers to feel part of the process so that they may feel secure assessments will address their needs.
Assessment and Intervention Assessment and Intervention
This chapter, taken from Gerald Smale, Graham Tuson and Daphne Statham’s book 'Social Work and Social Problems', discusses different models for approaching assessment and their effects on interpersonal relationships.