I was asked to write a review of this book and I thought I would just share a piece of it for anyone looking for resources.
“I think this book is useful for professionals throughout their career but specifically for students and newly qualified social workers who are starting out and may be just getting used to information gathering and report writing.
the main competing books to this one?
From an American perspective, “Where to start and what to ask”, “The Social Work Interview”; though I don’t think these are used here in the UK. From a UK perspective, the “Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families”, “Report Writing for Social Workers (Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice Series)”, “Writing Skills for Social Workers (Social Work in Action series)”
advantages over other books on the market?
This book is compact and can be carried daily. It is easily accessible and readable. I can see the good practice points being valuable to newly qualified Social Workers and student Social Workers.
key strengths of the current edition?
It is relevant in terms of good practice points, having a standard of writing assessments, it is accessible, it is portable without weighing someone down, it breaks down the key aspects of Social Work reports and incorporates key elements (such as the voice of the child) that have been found essential by inspectorates.
How easy do you find it to locate the information you need in the book?
Because the table of contents was laid out in such a clear and useable way, it was easy to skip through and find the information. The headings in each chapter and the sequencing of information helped as well.
Would you recommend the book to other social work professionals? What would you say about it?
I would. I would say that it is a good resource to have when conducting initial visits as a reminder to review on the way. I would say that it is an integral resource if they are supervising students or managing newly qualified Social Workers. I would say it can be used with practitioner who struggle with assessments. I would say that it is a good resource to have as part of an organizational Social Work library.