A professional perspective of social work concerning what is happening in courts helps judges and prosecutors to understand the complexity of this reality. However, jurists ask for socio-family reports to incorporate a diagnosis of that reality. This diagnosis shall set out the variables that go hand-in-hand with the situations and could suggest solutions to the crisis.
At the same time, in Spain the profession currently champions the idea that social diagnosis should be part of the professional activity. The professional association demands exclusive competence over this function, calling for it to be legally regulated.
This report brings together the concepts of diagnosis and the socio-family report as complementary professional processes and explains different ways of assessing and understanding the complexity involved.