Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
Dalzell, R. & Sawyer, E. 2007. Putting analysis into assessment: undertaking assessments of need - a toolkit for practitioners. London; National Children's Bureau
Munro, E. 2008. Effective Child Protection (2nd ed). London; Sage
O'Sullivan, T. 2011. Decision making in social work (2nd ed). Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan
Reder, P., Duncan, S. & Gray, M. 1993. Beyond Blame: Child Abuse tragedies revisited. London; Routledge and Taylor & Francis e-book.
Taylor, B. 2013. Professional decision making and risk in social work (2nd ed) London; Sage/Learning Matters
Taylor, B. 2017. Decision making, assessment and risk in social work ISBN: 9781526401052 (pbk.); 9781526401045 (hbk.). London: Sage
Thompson, C. & Dowding, D. (eds). 2009. Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses. Edinburgh; Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
(yes it says "nurses" in the title but just as relevant to social work)
Benner, P. 1984. From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice. Menlo Park, CA; Addison Wesley
(another book about nursing but a famous study of how practitioners learn to become experts)
Gambrill, E. 2012. Critical thinking in clinical practice : improving the quality of judgements and decisions (3rd ed). Hoboken, NJ; John Wiley
Gambrill, E. & Gibbs, L. 2009. Critical thinking for helping professionals : a skills-based workbook New York; Oxford University Press
Gambrill, E. 2012. Social work practice : a critical thinker's guide New York; Oxford University Press
Hood, R. 2018 Complexity in social work ISBN: 9781473993815 London: Sage
Howe, D. 2008. An introduction to social work theory : making sense in practice. Aldershot; Ashgate
Kahneman, D. 2011. Thinking, Fast and Slow. London; Penguin Books
(read the whole book by all means but a good summary of his thinking is found in Appendix A: "Judgement under uncertainty: heuristics and biases" by Tversky & Kahneman)
Klein, G. 2009. Streetlights and shadows : searching for the keys to adaptive decision making Cambridge, MA; Mass. Institute of Technology
Mathews, I. & Crawford, K. 2011. Evidence-based practice in social work. Exeter; Learning Matters
Orme, J. & Shemmings, D. 2010. Developing research based social work practice. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan
Reder, P. & Duncan, S. 1999. Lost innocents : a follow-up study of fatal child abuse. London; Routledge
Rutter, L. & Brown, K. 2012. Critical thinking and professional judgement for social work Exeter; Learning Matters.
Smith, D. (ed). 2004. Social work and evidence-based practice. London; Jessica Kingsley
Taylor, C. & White, S. Practising reflexivity in health and welfare : making knowledge. Buckingham; Open University Press
White, S. & Stancombe, J. 2003. Clinical judgement in the health and welfare professions : extending the evidence base Maidenhead; Open University Press
On the internet
You will find quite a lot of material on decision making on the internet. The usual rules about good academic sources apply! If you see something interesting ask the module leaders about it or check if it is from an academic source. DON'T just use Google!
Two very valuable resources are Eileen Munro's report on the UK child protection system and Kirkman & Melrose's report for the Behavioural Insight Team. To help you I have placed both on the VLE. You may treat them as academic sources.
Journal articles and papers
You will be reading and appraising a paper on decision making for your first assignment. We will be providing you with a number of academic papers researching decision making during the course of the module.
This list was last updated on 16/11/2018