Written for professionals working with children and young people who require support, assessment, or intervention at home or in school, this interdisciplinary book explores everything from the legislative background and foundations of ideas in the social sciences, to dealing with children's distress, fear, or special needs in professional practice. This book is an excellent resource for those who either work with children in CAMHS settings, social work, youth work, counseling, psychology, general education and special educational needs, or who are undertaking professional training in any of the above fields.
Chapter 4: Assessing Children and Young People in Social Contexts
Assessing Children and Young People in Social Contexts
Contemporary research about childhood research with children establishes the limited nature of taking any one approach as the ‘truth’ about what it is to be a child (Burman, 1994; Mayall, 1996; Hill and Kay, 1997; Alderson, 1995; Woodhead, 1999; James and Prout, 1997) … Development of appropriate frameworks for research with children may only occur when adequate opportunities are available for adults actively to consult children and pay attention to their experiences and views (Mayall, 1996; Alderson, 1995,2000; Miller, 2000; Sheir, 2001)'. (Goodenough et al., 2003: 114)
This chapter relies on the premise that humans are social beings and intrinsically so. There can be no situation arising in our lives in ...