Helm D (2022) Theorising Social Work Sense-Making: Developing a Model of Peer-Aided Judgement and Decision Making. British Journal of Social Work, 52 (4), pp. 2329-2347. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab178
This article addresses the challenges of sense making in social work practice and presents a descriptive model of peer-aided judgement to facilitate critical debate and knowledge creation. The model is founded in Hammond's Cognitive Continuum Theory and developed in direct application to social work practice. It seeks to expand currently available models of social work judgement and decision making to include processes and outcomes related to informal peer interaction. Building on empirical studies and multiple contemporary literatures, a model of peer-aided judgement is hypothesised, comprising four distinct and interacting elements. By modelling these fundamental aspects of the processes and outcomes of peer-aided judgement, this article provides a tool for illuminating the everyday unseen value of peer interaction in practice and a framework for critical debate of dilemmas and propositions for professional judgement in social work practice. This article concludes by examining some of the implications of the model and its potential use in the further development of theory, methodology and practice.
analysis; assessment; decision making; intuition; judgement; sense making
British Journal of Social Work: Volume 52, Issue 4
|Publication date online||30/09/2021|
|Date accepted by journal||17/06/2021|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (OUP)|