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Critical Analysis Skills for Social Workers By David Wilkins

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Analysis is a critical skill for social workers, yet it is a skill that many practitioners find very difficult. This book helps social workers to improve their analysis skills by offering a very basic, step-by-step model to develop an analytical mindset.

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Critical Analysis Skills for Social Workers by David Wilkins

Dr David Wilkins is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.

Dr Godfred Boahen is a Policy and Research Officer at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), UK.

How can social workers develop their critical analysis skills? What role does critical analysis play in the day-to-day activities of a social worker? And can we critically analyse in isolation?

The ability to analyse contexts, scenarios and service users through a critical lens is vital to effective social work practice. Despite this, many social workers attempt to analyse situations alone, missing marks of significance.

This book, written by two senior academics and practitioners who, at the time, were in the midst of their PhDs, offers a basis step-by-step model that busy social workers can use to develop a more critical and analytical mindset. It shows how analysis can be woven throughout the whole process of social work engagement, resulting in more effective decision-making, more efficient ways of working and, ultimately, better outcomes for social work service users. This is achieved by ways of handy tools, case studies and dilemmas, research summaries, and exercises and reflections points to tackle alone or with a colleague.

Topics covered include:

What analysis is, and why it is such an important skill in social work practice.
The skills that underpin critical analysis, such as time management, planning, critical understanding, logical thinking, research-mindedness, creativity, communication, reflection and hypothesising.
The role of emotion and intuition in critical analysis.
The importance of supervision and team or supervised analysis.


This book forms part of the Social Work Skills in Practice series. The series focuses on key social work skills required for working with children and adult service users, families and carers. The books offer both theoretical and evidence-informed knowledge, alongside the application of skills relevant for day-to-day social work practice. They are an invaluable resource for pre-qualifying students, newly-qualified social workers, academics teaching and researching in the field, as well as social work practitioners, including practice educators, pursuing continuous professional development.


"A timely and appropriate post-Munro book for social workers at all levels of experience. The chapter on emotion, intuition and critical analysis is a particularly welcome addition to the subject. A really useful book."
Dr Jane Reeves, Director of Studies, M.A. Child Protection, Co-Director Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent, UK

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About David Wilkins

David Wilkins is Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Child Protection Studies, University of Kent; PhD student at the University of Kent and Principal Child and Family Social Worker, London Borough of Enfield.

Godfred Boahen is a full time PhD student at the Open University. Prior to his PhD, Godfred was a social worker in Children with Disabilities and Referral and Assessment.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Critical Analysis - What, how and why?
Chapter Two: Skills for Critical Analysis
Chapter Three: Emotion and Intuition
Chapter Four: Approaches to Analysis
Chapter Five: Tools for Critical Analysis
Chapter Six: Guided Case Examples
Chapter Seven: Supervision, Reflection and CriticalAnalysis

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Critical Analysis Skills for Social Workers by David Wilkins
David Wilkins
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