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Assessment frameworks : a critical reflection

Crisp, Beth R. and Anderson, Mark R. and Orme, Joan and Green Lister, Pam (2007) Assessment frameworks : a critical reflection. British Journal of Social Work, 37 (6). pp. 1059-1077. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

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.