Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work: 5th International Symposium

3 July 2018
Belfast, Northern Ireland

This fifth DARE symposium builds on the fourth symposium in July 2016 which brought together over 120 delegates from 12 countries including senior practitioners, managers, policy makers, researchers, regulators and social workers in education and training.

The DARE conference series brings together researchers, educators, policy makers and senior practitioners to share developments on these related topics of:

  • Professional judgement including reflective practice; cognitive judgement models; heuristics and rationality; use of knowledge; judgements in uncertainty; bias; regret.
  • Decision processes with clients, families, other professionals, systems and organisations; social work roles in court decisions; collaborative and contested decisions.
  • Assessment tools and processes, including screening, analysis and problem solving; assessing needs, strengths and risks; statistical and intuitive approaches to predicting harm; mitigating and moderating factors.
  • Assessing and managing risk, including conceptualisation, communication and legal aspects; organisational processes; positive risk taking; social care governance.
  • Evidence creation, synthesis and dissemination; the use of knowledge to inform policy, practice, teaching, management and regulation in social work.
  • Ethical, emotional and contextual aspects of decision making, assessment, risk and evidence, including relationship to professional, personal and societal values.


Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 30 January 2018


Organization: Ulster University

More information: conference website

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