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Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work By Chris Dyke

Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work by Chris Dyke

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You write something in order that it can be read, not in order that it can be written - write reports that achieve and illuminate.

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Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work by Chris Dyke

You write something in order that it can be read, not in order that it can be written - write reports that achieve and illuminate.

The best-selling Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work guides you through the principles of good writing and methodically shows you:

  • how to analyse
  • how to structure the process of writing an assessment (researching, chronologising, informed data-gathering, putting it all together), and
  • how to get this done under time constraints.

The new edition goes further than just teaching writing skills by exploring the practical and psychological barriers to good practice. It also looks at how you turn good analysis into useful recommendations - making it something useful for the family - by applying the same analytical, critical thinking.

Written in an accessible way and packed with examples and case studies, this book is both practically-minded and constantly returning to first principles: reminding you what it is you are trying to achieve and teaching you how to write reports that can be read by families and judges alike. You will learn how to write high quality, useful and timely assessments without becoming mechanistic or managerial. This book kills the myth of a trade-off between efficiency and quality of work.

Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work Reviews

Very impressed as for 130 pages it provides information on a wide range of document writing - chronologies, genograms, analysis and other aspects of report writing. The information is easy to read and the layout assists in showing why certain report writing styles are effective and not-effective. It is what I really needed as it had shown myself the impact of how I would provide analysis can be useful but could be improved and it has made me aware of why it is important to develop my skills in report writing. IT covers the areas of bias and the impact of language used in report writing which can have long term implications for a case one is dealing with. Very useful for social work students like myself as well as colleagues who need to work more effectively. I also like the fact that the book is light enough to carry in my bag so I can use it whenever I am on placement. Highly recommended and will make your life easier as it gives you the background to effective report writing.

-- Verified Purchase

"This book is about the art and science of report writing in social work and provides an 'everything you need to know but were afraid to ask' account of how to produce concise, analytic writing in social work. The author locates effective report writing in the wider context of ethically aware, critically reflective practice which prioritises accurate recording as a means of freeing up time for what matters most: direct work with people. The book is written in an exceptionally clear and engaging style which combines a sense of authority with professional humility. It is a must for any social work student, newly qualified social worker or practitioner wishing to hone and develop their writing skills."

-- Joan Fletcher, Head of Social Work, Goldsmiths College

....For those who are familiar with the first edition of the text, it is important to note that the author has written two completely new chapters for this second edition, which cover the topics of 'why assessment is important' and 'what happens after assessment' - in my opinion, these are welcome additions which significantly improve what was already an excellent book, and one which I thoroughly recommend to all social workers and those working in social care - be they still in training, newly qualified or with many years of experience - as well as practice teachers, field educators and trainers.

-- Sue Taplin

About Chris Dyke

Chris is a Lecturer in Social Work at Goldsmith's University, studying the decision-making process around violent offenders. He has also researched the outcomes of court proceedings, the construction of autism, and the sociology of values, religion and immigration. Chris worked as a local authority social worker for nine years and as an independent social worker for three years. He writes regularly on social work practice and social issues.

Chris believes in the necessity of challenging pervasive views, especially his own.

Table of Contents

1) Chronologies: The start and heart of a good assessment
2) Genograms and ecomaps:Knowing the networks
3) How to get it done: Planning your report in the real world
4) Writing
5) Analysis
6) What Next?
7) Summary
Appendix 1: Writing for child care proceedings
Appendix 2: Deprivation of Liberty assessments

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Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work by Chris Dyke
Critical Publishing Ltd
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