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A practical tool for the assessment of children and their families, this guide enables professionals to make informed decisions about child protection issues. Firmly rooted in current practice, it draws on the expertise of a practising consultant and experienced qualified social worker Jeff Fowler, whose work has already formed the basis of guidance reports for child protection agencies and court proceedings. Providing detailed checklists for collecting and interpreting information vital to a best practice assessment, it also includes practical sections that focus on assessing attachment issues, childhood experiences, alcohol and drug abuse, and parenting skills and abilities. It presents a central case study leading to an assessment report which can be used for case conferences, as a core assessment in care proceedings, or for statements in public and private law matters. This is a helpful tool for anyone undertaking assessments but also for others who may be involved in aspects of child protection work such as social workers, health professionals, teachers, and legal and criminal justice professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100508
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
Introduction to the practitioner's tool 14
Using the practitioner's tool 17
Ch. 1 Starting Assessment 19
1.1 Beginning the assessment 20
1.2 The risk indicator checklist 21
1.3 The core assessment 31
1.4 The assessment plan 32
1.5 Introducing the case study 36
1.6 The assessment agreement 39
1.7 The assessment interviews 43
1.8 The first assessment session 47
1.9 Assessing the parents 48
Ch. 2 Collecting the Data for Assessment 49
2.1 The family structure 50
2.2 Chronology 51
2.3 Experiences from childhood 56
2.4 Education 66
2.5 Employment 69
2.6 Perception of self 70
2.7 Ideal self 81
2.8 Self-esteem 82
2.9 Exploring whether people are organised or disorganised, rigid or flexible 85
2.10 Exploring dominant and submissive behaviour 88
2.11 Alcohol abuse 91
2.12 Drug abuse 94
2.13 Anger and violence 98
2.14 Schedule 1 offences 105
2.15 Criminal history 107
2.16 Health 110
2.17 Previous relationships 112
2.18 Present relationship 116
2.19 Parenting skills and abilities 127
2.20 Perception of children 129
2.21 Perception of being a parent 134
2.22 Parenting and stress 137
2.23 Parenting and the needs of children 142
2.24 The child 147
2.25 Attachment 149
2.26 Home environment 150
2.27 Finances 153
2.28 Child protection concerns 154
2.29 Evaluating the information 157
Ch. 3 Assessment: The Case Study 171
3.1 The case study assessment 172
3.2 Positive outcomes from assessment 189
3.3 Conclusion 192
A guide to the Children Act 1989 194
Some terms from child protection 199
Appendix: Exercises 203
References 248
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