Good Assessment Practitioners' Handbook: Second edition (2022)

Published: 09/09/2022

Author: Nosowska G



Assessment is central to adult social care, as a gateway to support and an intervention in its own right. Good practice is essential to improve the experience and outcomes of adults and carers, to meet legal and policy expectations, and to use resources effectively. This handbook (second edition) came out of a Research in Practice project which brought research, practice and the voice of lived experience together to look at how best to ensure good assessment in adult social care.

This second edition has significant updates including the contextual changes in social care as well as practice developments.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - The role of social workers | Person-centred practice | Effective assessments and outcome based support planning | Direct work with individuals and families | Supervision, critical analysis and reflection | Organisational context | Professional ethics and leadership | Values and ethics | Influencing and governing practice excellence within the organisation and community | Developing confident and capable social workers | Assuring good social work practice and development | Promoting and supporting critical analysis and decision-making | Relationship-based practice supervision

CQC - Safe | Effective

PCF - Professionalism | Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Knowledge | Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills | Contexts and organisations

RCOT - Understanding relationship | Service users | Develop intervention | Keep records | Identify needs | Communication

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This September 2022 version is the latest update of the original, first published in December 2014.