• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 ...

Time and Change
Time and change
  • the need to allow time for a fair assessment, balanced by the need of children and families for decisions to be made;
  • whether an assessment should aim to stimulate change, or to assess potential to change.

Social workers' views on these points are explored, and it can be seen that the wish of some for a flexible timeframe to meet the needs of individual families clashes with some of the ...

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