Uncertainty is one of the few certainties about policy and professional practice in social work, where knowledge is often imperfect and contested. Virtually every decision takes place in a context of some degree of uncertainty. This article explores differing sociological approaches to uncertainty and risk, and considers what these mean for evidence-based practice. It offers applied examples from the areas of child abuse, violence, and dementia to illustrate contemporary approaches to managing uncertainty and risk.
|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition|
|Editors||James D. Wright|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Mar 2015|