Risk and Uncertainty in the Social Sciences: Implications for Social Work Theory and Practice

Tim Blackman, Brid Featherstone

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
EditorsJames D. Wright
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages686-691
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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    Blackman, T., & Featherstone, B. (2015). Risk and Uncertainty in the Social Sciences: Implications for Social Work Theory and Practice. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 686-691). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.28097-5