Wicked Problems and Social Professional Competence

Mark Taylor and Gordon Vincenti discuss the ‘know-how’ or competence that social professionals need to acquire so as to address wicked problems that involve marginalised young people. Originally, it was assumed that this would be quite easy to write, as it was felt that Knight and Page’s (2007) ‘wicked competences’ framework could be extensively exploited. Reflections on the social professional ‘know-how’ or competence needed to respond to these features of wicked problems are offered. The pair conclude by reflecting on the implications of the theory of wicked problems for competent social professional practice.


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