Developing Analytic Skills in Report Writing

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This workshop will look at what makes analysis a different process from information gathering and focus on the skills involved. The approach will be experiential and give participants the opportunity to use video as source material in composing an analysis of what they observe.

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Developing Analytic Skills in Report Writing

Assessment in social work reports is more than telling the story.  Analysing what information means, evidencing and drawing hypotheses is the key to the quality of good practice in social work assessments.  This workshop will look at what makes analysis a different process from information gathering and focus on the skills involved.  The approach will be experiential and give participants the opportunity to use video as source material in composing an analysis of what they observe.

The course will consider the different purposes for which reports are written, who will be receiving the report and how that influences the language and perspective the author uses.

Information gathering in report writing is not just what is said during an assessment session. There is much to learn from behaviour, observation and seeing different combinations of family members. The use of information obtained in files and from previous assessments also has an influence on the author’s impression of how the family functions.

The quality of how the report is written will be covered in the course by looking at such components as achieving neutrality in tone, distinguishing between fact, opinion and hearsay and eliminating extraneous information.

There will be an opportunity to put the learning into practice by writing brief reports on the day based on video material and having those reports constructively critiqued by other course participants.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the day participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Consider elements of their own practice in report writing
  • Explore ways of improving the accuracy and relevance of their reports
  • Enhance their ability to distinguish between information gathering and analysis and improve their analytical skills
  • Distinguish between fact, opinion and hearsay in report writing
  • Examining the concept of neutrality and judgement describing and analysing

The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 4.00pm

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course.

Gretchen Precey

gretchenGretchen Precey is an independent social worker, trainer and consultant specialising in child protection.  She qualified in 1978 and has worked in a variety of settings in different parts of the country.

Her most recent employment in the statutory sector was as team manager at the Clermont Child Protection Unit in Brighton. Whilst at the Clermont Unit Gretchen worked with many children and families affected by sexual abuse and also developed clinical knowledge and practical experience of working with Fabricated or Induced Illness.

She has worked independently since 1999.  Gretchen frequently runs training courses for both multi-agency and single agency groups of professionals who have responsibility for the safety and welfare of children. As an ISW she is commissioned by the court to undertake assessments in particularly complex cases, usually involving children in care proceedings or in disputed private law matters.

She has taken part in Serious Case Reviews as both a chair and overview report writer.  Her consultancy work has been for a range of local authorities on projects such as evaluating the effectiveness of Child Sexual Exploitation services and social work supervision arrangements.

For seven years she was an associate of Triangle, an organisation based in Brighton that offers services to disabled children and their families especially when there are concerns about the maltreatment of the child.  She continues to maintain an interest in this area of practice.


Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

A vibrant venue with an impressive design and fully accessible building, Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a short walk from Stratford Station in Zone 2 and it’s easy to get there by road, bus, underground or rail from across London and beyond. Stratford Circus Arts Centre has a cafe open throughout the day from 9am, serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, and a selection of teas and coffee, the venue also has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

The DLR, London Overground and TFL Rail and National Rail services from Liverpool Street, all serve Stratford station.

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre.
Once you’re outside continue straight over the main road and turn left at the Mall entrance.
Follow the road around for about 300 metres to Theatre Square on your right, where you’ll see the Picture House on your left, Theatre Royal Stratford East on your right and Stratford Circus Arts Centre straight ahead.

Alternative route:
You can access Stratford Circus Arts Centre through Stratford Mall. Once you’ve crossed the road outside the station head into the mall.
Once you reach the centre of the mall, turn left and continue to the exit. When you exit the Mall, next to Theatre Royal (on your right). Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the next building along.

Bus routes 257, 69 (24 hours) and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Great Eastern Road.

Other services run to Stratford station: 25 (24 hours), 86, 104, 108 (24 hours), 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8.

There are cycle racks at to the left of the main entrance where you can leave your bicycle.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

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