Writing analytical assessments in social work
Part of the Critical Skills for Social Work series
Writing assessments and reports is a core part of a social worker's role.
Yet Ofsted, courts and research all identify a lack of analytical rigour in social work reports.
Many are overlong, descriptive reports where what is needs is the application of professional judgement, a clear analysis and the ability to pull out causal relationships.
This is a guide to 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.