Social work practice is premised on the discretion and professional judgment of social workers (Munro, 2011). Indeed, the administration of children’s social care rests on the basis of decision-making in complex cases. Decisions are based on discretion and judgment – when undertaking assessments, where decisions about resources are being made, or when and where contact between parents and their children should take place and whether this should be supervised or not. In brief, social workers and their managers in a variety of contexts make decisions that significantly affect people’s lives. Indeed, in child protection social work, they can lead to the altering of people’s status .
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