Three models of assessment proposed are:
The questioning model
The procedural model
The exchange model
The exchange model reflects the values of anti-oppressive practice in that the service user is placed in a position of control and meets the expectations of users that social workers should respect their expertise.
However, workers in statutory settings are under pressure to conform to questioning or procedural models. To work in an anti-oppressive manner is to incorporate necessary questioning, schedules and scales into an assessment that respects the service user’s expertise.
The questioning model:
Where the worker is seen as expert and follows a set format of questions.
The procedural model:
Where the worker gathers information in order to see if agency criteria are met.
The exchange model:
The service user is seen as expert in his or her own situation and the worker helps to provide resources and seeks to maximise potential.