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.

Assessment in Child and Family Social Work
Assessment in child and family social work
Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a general overview of assessment in child and family social work, placing it within a practice and policy context. The contents explore research into assessment practice, and the use of research findings to construct assessment schedules and guidance. Various approaches to assessment are identified, including diagnostic, predictive, broad social and bureaucratic. International issues affecting the assessment of children's welfare are briefly surveyed, with more specific consideration of assessment trends in the US and England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The chapter concludes with a discussion of risk and risk management in the context of current social trends.

Research into Social Work Assessment

Social work research into assessment practice may broadly ...

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