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The primary focus of this children’s social care course is to provide participating delegates with confidence in making informed, balanced, evidence-based decisions in the context of ongoing involvement with and assessments of, vulnerable service users. Participants will learn how to work creatively, innovatively and effectively in situations that are often complex and filled with conflict, uncertainty and risk. This is not a course that teaches ‘defensive’ practice but promotes an approach where decisions are made within a holistic framework that assists the proper management of the risks inherent in the process. The use of such a framework (which also incorporates awareness of the legal aspects of the decision-making process) allows necessary actions or interventions to be made in such a way as to be ‘defensible’ in the broader context.

Who is Defensible Decision Making aimed at?

Senior practitioners and team managers working with the field of children’s social care

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, participants will:

  • Work more creatively innovatively and effectively in the decision making process within childen’s social care
  • Have examined statutory frameworks, local policy and procedure and the relevant areas of law that directly affect current social work practice
  • Be able to make balanced, open minded assessments with an analytical approach to decision making
  • Understand how problematic situations can be resolved or mitigated

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