Assessment frameworks: a critical reflection

Beth R. Crisp, Mark R. Anderson, Joan Orme, Pam Green Lister

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    Increasing widespread requirements that assessment practice conforms to generic guidelines contained in assessment frameworks has been contentious and critiques offered on individual frameworks have been assumed to apply to the concept of assessment frameworks more generally. After comparing four assessment frameworks currently being used in the UK, this paper argues that although some generalizations can be made, for the most part, they are highly individual documents in terms of range and depth of content, the extent to which they are evidenced and the quality of that evidence and implicit expectations as to the skill bases of assessors. Furthermore, the introduction of assessment frameworks is not in itself a panacea to ensure good practice. Even with the most comprehensive frameworks, social workers will still need comprehensive training in assessment and supervision of their practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1059-1077
    Number of pages18
    JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007


    • assessment frameworks
    • practice guidance
    • professional practice
    • social work assessment


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