Journal Article

Assessment Frameworks: A Critical Reflection

Beth R. Crisp, Mark R. Anderson, Joan Orme and Pam Green Lister

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 6, pages 1059-1077
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl053
Assessment Frameworks: A Critical Reflection

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Increasing widespread requirements that assessment practice conforms to generic guidelines contained in assessment frameworks has been contentious and critiques offered on individual frameworks have been assumed to apply to the concept of assessment frameworks more generally. After comparing four assessment frameworks currently being used in the UK, this paper argues that although some generalizations can be made, for the most part, they are highly individual documents in terms of range and depth of content, the extent to which they are evidenced and the quality of that evidence and implicit expectations as to the skill bases of assessors. Furthermore, the introduction of assessment frameworks is not in itself a panacea to ensure good practice. Even with the most comprehensive frameworks, social workers will still need comprehensive training in assessment and supervision of their practice.

Keywords: assessment frameworks; practice guidance; professional practice; social work assessment

Journal Article.  7824 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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