Article

Theorising Social Work Sense-Making: Developing a Model of Peer-Aided Judgement and Decision Making

Citation

Helm D (2021) Theorising Social Work Sense-Making: Developing a Model of Peer-Aided Judgement and Decision Making. British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab178

Abstract
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.

Keywords
analysis; assessment; decision making; intuition; judgement; sense making

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
British Journal of Social Work

StatusIn Press
Publication date online30/09/2021
Date accepted by journal17/06/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33330
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN0045-3102
eISSN1468-263X