Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.
Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.
Chapter 6: Assessment: Your Role in This Complex Dynamic
Assessment: Your Role in This Complex Dynamic
Key Points of Chapter
- Assessment is a complex, ongoing dynamic process not a ‘one-off’ event
- The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (DH, 2000b) is your key generic guide to assessment. This framework is grounded in theory, research findings and practical experience
- Special considerations need to be made for children with communication difficulties
- Preparation is very important for effective assessment and issues of diversity must be sensitively handled
- You must have a sound understanding of the thresholds appropriate to the involvement of a range of agencies Families need to be engaged in the assessment process - be wary of families who are resistant or wholly compliant. Most families have strengths within them ...