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1. Thinking about description and analysis

Professional judgment is central to effective social work writing. Key aspects of professional judgment in writing are description and analysis. The descriptive details that you include constitute the evidence for any analysis you offer which will ultimately lead to specific outcomes: for example, the provision of a particular service, support package, a particular placement for a child or adult. Whilst writing relevant description may seem to be a relatively straightforward task, in practice it is more complicated and can take some time to learn to do well.

Take a few moments to jot down what you mean by description and analysis.

Description is… Analysis is…