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.

Children in Assessments
Children in assessments
Chapter Summary

This chapter examines how children are assessed and enabled to participate in assessments. Findings from research and serious case reviews suggest that children are often marginalised in decision-making and portrayed in a rather partial manner in assessment reports. Examples are given of how children's development and attachment are assessed and reported. There are many examples of how children can be positively included in assessments about their welfare and the chapter provides guidelines on listening to children, encouraging participation and representing children. Additional issues relating to assessment practice with looked after children, disabled children and asylum seeking children are also considered.

In the report on Victoria Climbié, one feature that stands out is the apparent lack of concern and compassion shown ...

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