• Summary
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  • Subject index

This book offers an authoritative overview of child care policy and practice in the UK. It covers assessment and family support services, understanding child maltreatment and protection, the care of looked after children, including the contribution of adoption, foster, and residential care, services for those leaving care and barriers facing disabled children and their families.

The book reflects the complexity and contested nature of children's needs, rights, and interests and relationships between family and state. It analyzes relevant debates and research and highlights practice issues and dilemmas. Readers are also directed to sources of further information on topics they may wish to explore in more depth. At the end of each chapter, there is guidance for further reading, resources for practice and questions for discussion.

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Assessment of Children and Families
Assessment of children and families
Introduction

The journeys undertaken by children and families in contact with statutory child care services are many and varied, but all will begin with some form of assessment. This may be relatively fleeting or extensive but will invariably play an important part in how the journey proceeds. At its simplest, the process of assessment refers to the gathering of information to provide the basis for decision making, planning and resource allocation. While ‘assessment’, both informal and formal, is an ongoing feature of all work with children and families, our primary focus rests with the early stages of such work.

Assessment has come to be seen as increasingly important in recent years as a cornerstone for effective work with ...

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