Standardised Assessment or Individualised Discretion? A Grounded Professional Judgement Approach. Professor Danielle Turney

2020-21 Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence Studies Seminar Series

Belfast campus

Standardised Assessment or Individualised Discretion? A Grounded Professional Judgement Approach. Professor Danielle Turney

About this Event

This presentation focuses on the role of professional judgement in assessment and compares two very different national approaches: one (England) that is highly proceduralised and bureaucratised, with a corresponding downplaying of the role of professional judgement, and one (Norway) where professional discretion and judgement have been seen as key to the assessment process.

I will explore the different ways in which professional judgement is understood and addressed in each system and asks what we can learn from them in terms of best assessment practice.

Acknowledging child protection as a ‘wicked problem’, a model of Grounded Professional Judgement is proposed, based on notions of epistemic responsibility and accountability to support the exercise of professional judgement in situations of uncertainty.

Danielle Turney, Professor of Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast

Danielle has been involved in social work research, education and training for many years and worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University and University of Bristol before moving to her present post in 2018.

She is a registered social worker and has taught on qualifying and post-qualifying level social work programmes, and within the broader field of health and social care. She currently convenes the post-qualifying Children, Young People and Families Programme at Queen’s.

Danielle has a longstanding interest in critical thinking and professional judgement in social work assessment and decision-making and has co-developed resources to support critical and analytical thinking in assessment.

Her work is underpinned by an abiding interest in using theory to inform, support and develop social work practice.

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  • 10.30am start, finishing 12.00noon
  • 45 minutes presentation and 45 minutes questions & discussion.
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