This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Child and Family Assessment in Social Work Practice is an essential guide for social work students and practitioners involved in the assessment of children and their families. Focusing on ‘core’ assessments and guiding the reader through the complexities of conducting assessments of need and risk, the book now includes within each chapter a range of specifically-tailored exercises and focus points which encourage readers both to reflect on what they have learnt and to understand how they can apply that learning to practice.
Placing a strong emphasis on good, evidence-based, assessment practice, Sally Holland has also, for this new edition, included original research evidence from a wide range of up-to-date research studies which are relevant to today's practice and which aim to promote a critical and reflective approach to the assessment process.
The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 explores different appoaches to assessment work, outlining policy changes and their implications for working with children and their families.; Part 2 studies those involved in child and family assessments: children and their parents; and the relationship between the assessors and the assessed.; Part 3 - a more practical guide - outlines the actual process of an assessment, illustrated by case studies, focusing on planning assessment methods, analysis, reporting and critical evaluation.
Accessibly relating theory and research to actual practice through the use of case studies, exercises, and suggestions for good practice and further reading, this book has a student-friendly structure It will be an invaluable resource for practitioners and academics across the field of social welfare, particularly for those embarking on, or already involved in, child and family assessment.
Chapter 10: Conclusion: A Fair and Thorough Assessment
Even after we learn all about our client, from him and his acquaintances … we fail to know him at all. (Trout, 1939, quoted in Mailick, 1991: 5)
There are many challenges associated with in-depth assessment in social work. While the aim of such an assessment might be to gain a thorough understanding of an individual or family, the practitioner is always left with the knowledge that they will have gained only a partial glimpse into another's life. In this book an attempt has been made to problematise assessment and to move away from the notion that the facts about a family may be straightforwardly assembled and a correct conclusion reached. There is unlikely to ...