As suggested in Chapter 4, during the final stages of assessment the information gathered is analysed to gain differing perspectives on the person and their social situation. This leads to an identification of both outcomes sought and alternative strategies to attaining them. The plan that encapsulates these strategies should provide the blueprint for interventions in the micro- and meso-systems that surround the person, which will bring about change in either the individual or their social circumstances. Like assessment, plans take many shapes and sizes ranging from a focus on the micro aspects of day-to-day support, a person’s broader lifestyle, or a particular decision, issue, or life domain. The scope and nature of a plan is ultimately determined by the mandate of the social worker and the agency in which they work. Plans like assessments are a means to an end, and are worthless unless implemented and bring about the type of change in a person’s life that is being sought.
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