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Decision Managing and risk taking Case Study 1 PART A The contexts of decision making Decision making in essence is simply choosing between two or more options, it is a process whereby the end product is a decision. Decision makers need to take into account the context in which the decision is being made. There are five factors to consider when making a decision: * Legal requirements - This gives professionals powers and duties and service user's rights and safeguards. * Policy decisions - Organisations can implement their own policy from the government legislation this way they can tailor it more towards their service and use this it to implement a tighter criteria in which service users are eligible to support (O'Sullivan; 1999) * Agency decisions - The agency decides what is best for the organisation as opposed to the service user. This could also have an impact on risk taking as an agency would rather take less risks than a social worker as the agency could potentially have more to lose. * Work of other agencies - working within a multi agency team is an important part of social work, this can cause conflicts when making decisions as each agency will have different values regarding what the best decision will be. * Societal context - It is important to include the social context in to decision making especially when it comes to resources, for instance in the case study there is no point having one option as taking a long holiday together if the resources aren't there. ...read more.


Key Factors (key factors in Delia and her families situation) * Delia is 13 and going in to adolescence * Mum finding it difficult to cope with Delia's behaviour * No history of abuse or neglect in the family * Problems with Delia's behaviour seem to be confined within the family * Delia is unhappy and slightly depressed * Delia wants to get away * Dad believes that Delia's behaviour is quite normal of a girl her age * Mum states that Delia is aggressive towards her * The social worker believes that Delia has become the scapegoat for the family * Mum is saying if Delia doesn't go she will * Family therapy isn't immediately available * Arguments between Angela and Robert * No One for Delia to stay with temporarily Decision Goals (The desired outcomes) * Family to have therapy together and find coping strategies to deal with future problems * Delia and her Mum to get on better * Where Delia should go to live short term Options * Delia to go in to a foster care temporarily and have Family therapy * Delia to stay at home with crisis intervention Ways of improving the chances of the options being successful (It can be helpful to consider each option separately in terms of how to improve the chances of achieving the identified decision goals.) * Aggression management group for Delia * Confidence building group for Delia * Family counselling * Continue work with social worker individually and as a family * Stake holders to work towards similar goals Potential Sources of Distortion Delia may possibly be feeling.... ...read more.


The foster carers may have a really good positive influence on Delia and she may learn to appreciate her family more and therefore subsequently be more willing to work with them in the family therapy sessions. This is the best option for Delia based on the decision tree and probability, and if successful it has the benefit of all the family working out their differences and getting along better. The counter argument is for Delia to stay at home with a crisis intervention plan. The main intervention for this will be family therapy and as this isn't available for some time it will perhaps be difficult to get through the waiting period without further incident. Although the arguments may get worse or continue in the same way there hasn't been a history of violence from either person. Delia may feel more loved if she is to stay within the family home, and she will be able to stay at the same school where there could be a good social network of support for her. If it is successful their will be satisfaction from all members of the family for turning it around without Delia having to go into care, although if they are finding the waiting period difficult to work through these issues being around each other than there may be a family breakdown. One of the benefits of Delia staying at home is so that she won't receive any of the negative impacts of being fostered, although I don't think such a short period of care would be enough to create any impact in a negative way. ...read more.

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