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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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