Effective Approaches to Risk Assessment in Social Work: An International Literature Review

DescriptionWeb only full report accompanying Research Findings No 31
ISBN0-7559-65541
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 08, 2007

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Final Report
Dr. Monica Barry
Social Work Research Centre
University of Stirling

ISBN 978 0 7559 6544 1 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE: BACKGROUND TO THE REVIEW
Introduction
The concerns and aspirations of the Changing Lives Review
Aims and objectives of the review
The Research Process
Definitions of terms
Layout of the report

CHAPTER TWO: RISK ASSESSMENT IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Introduction
Legislation, guidance and tools in criminal justice
Variations in practice in criminal justice
Discussion of risk assessment in criminal justice
Summary

CHAPTER THREE: RISK ASSESSMENT IN COMMUNITY CARE
Introduction
Legislation, guidance and tools in community care
Variations in practice in community care
Discussion of risk assessment in community care
Summary

CHAPTER FOUR: RISK ASSESSMENT IN CHILD PROTECTION
Introduction
Legislation, guidance and tools in child protection
Variations in practice in child protection
Discussion of risk assessment in child protection
Summary

CHAPTER FIVE: THE ORGANISATION OF RISK: CONFLICT OR COOPERATION?
Introduction
Organisational culture
Inter-agency and user collaboration
The politics of risk
Conflict or cooperation?
Summary

CHAPTER SIX: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
Introduction
Discussion
Conclusions

REFERENCES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many people have contributed either academically, practically or personally to this study and their help has been greatly appreciated. I cannot name them all but I would nevertheless like to thank them all personally. Those colleagues who have given advice on more than one occasion over the course of the review do merit a particular mention:

Firstly, I would like to thank Fiona Hodgkiss and her colleagues from the Scottish Executive's Education Department who commissioned this piece of work following the ' Changing Lives: Report of the 21 st century social work review'. Fiona gave me some extremely useful pointers to research issues and was both constructive and informative in her feedback on earlier drafts.

Tony Stanley (New Zealand) and Rosemary Sheehan (Australia) both sent me copies of previous literature reviews that they had undertaken which gave a valuable added dimension to the international literature. Yvonne Gailey, Roisin Hall, Gerry Hart, Hazel Kemshall, Elizabeth Morrison and Nigel Parton also responded speedily and constructively with further references and comments, as did many local authority social work department colleagues in Scotland. Rhoda Macrae and Pam Lavery also helped in accessing material and finalising this report.

I have been encouraged by the expressions of interest and concern about the challenges of risk in social work which prompted all the above colleagues to give of their time and expertise. I very much appreciated that support.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.