This will be a key new text for modules on Children and Families on the qualifying Social Work degree, and on PQ courses in this area, and should also be used on Assessment & Intervention modules. It will also have wider appeal across Health and Social Care and on the new EYPS programmes – the market is wide ranging.

From Assessment to Response

From assessment to response

This chapter contains both aspects relevant to assessment and ones which are important when planning or providing a response. Some interventions, such as communicating effectively with children, are equally important whether assessing or intervening strategically.

Chapter Overview

  • Pointers and obstacles to the recognition of child emotional abuse and neglect
  • Obstacles to recognition
  • Reflective practice
  • Power issues in assessment and response
  • Focusing on the child
  • Overcoming barriers to communication
  • Play-based work: assessment or therapeutic tool?
  • Reflecting the child's cosmos
  • Working together

As the cosmological model of children's development (see Figure 1.2, p. 7) indicates, a child lives not just with close family members or even a local community, but also within a larger, state-wide environment. The ability of practitioners to assess and respond to potential neglect and emotional abuse ...

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