This book describes a method of assessment and intervention for infants and their families entitled the Child Assessment Rating and Evaluation (CARE) programme. The aim of the programme is the early prediction and prevention of problems for child health, development and protection.
All aspects of the programme are discussed in full, including assessing the emotional development of infants and their parents, observation of parent-infant interaction and child protection issues. The evidence-based research behind the programme is discussed and a detailed evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness is provided. This practical volume also includes:
- assessment tools and guidelines on how to use them (including the Index of Need)
- guidance on working with parents
- detailed case illustrations
- tips on managing workloads
- advice on caseload management
- discussion of the cost effectiveness of home visiting.
A Community Health Approach to the Assessment of Infants and their Parents aims to inform policy and practice. It is an invaluable tool for all primary care health workers, including health visitors, social workers and paediatricians.