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Dilemmas and Decision Making in Social Work

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Dilemmas and Decision Making in Social Work

AUTHOR : By Abbi Jackson

ISBN : 9781914171208

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 12, 2021

Extent : 112 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171215

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 12, 2021

Extent : 112 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171222

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 12, 2021

Extent : 112 pgs


Dilemmas and Decision Making in Social Work is a collection of stories to help social workers work with dilemmas, weigh up options and make good decisions.


Told in the first person from the point of view of a social worker, each case study begins with the service user’s story and then applies relevant theory. It demonstrates where workers have to think outside their own frames of reference and seek other’s expertise, how they work with barriers to collaboration with other professionals and how to handle disagreements. Where fitting, the emotional impact of the work is highlighted and how social workers deal with this. 


In summary:

  • Starts with the human story and then considers which theory applies so very accessible to readers
  • Demonstrates thinking in action
  • Packed with succinct examples of real time challenges and how these have been tackled
  • Full of reflective questions valuable to all social workers and supervisors regardless of experience.


This book helps students and new workers learn from experience of established workers, firstly to gain insight into practice in areas they have no experience, but primarily to help them understand how decisions are made reflexively in the moment. 


1. Introduction

2. Kim

3. Josie

4. Leo

5. Rachid

6. Sophie

7. Elizabeth

8. Meikal

9. Anna

10. Jimmy

11. Rosella

12. Becky

13. Mathias

14. Some thoughts to finish


Abbi Jackson has worked in children’s services for around 25 years. She has been a foster carer and has worked in secure care and children’s residential care. She spent time as a social worker in a statutory childcare team, an independent Form F assessor and a supervising social worker. She has led large scale practice audits in children’s services and more recently in adult protection. Currently she is a senior planning officer for adult social work and integrated services in a local authority area and is an independent panel member for a private fostering company. 


Abbi is also an active practice educator and lectures in critical social work practice. She has an interest in early intervention with young people who experience emerging mental health concerns. Never a dull moment, she is currently undertaking a piece of action research with young people receiving alternative therapies. She is a beekeeper in her spare time.


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