The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 81: How Do I Use Family Meetings to Develop Optimal Service Plans?
How Do I Use Family Meetings to Develop Optimal Service Plans?
Since the early 1990s, many U.S. public and private child welfare agencies have been organizing family meetings to capitalize on the family's strengths and wisdom to develop service plans for their maltreated children to ensure their well-being and safety. This approach is called family group decision making (FGDM).
What is Family Group Decision Making?
FGDM provides families, including extended relatives (e.g., grandparents and cousins), perpetrators, victims, and others considered by the family as important to their lives (e.g., tribal elders, clergy, neighbors, and fictive kin), with a process to make decisions that protect and ensure the safety of their maltreated children. Two of the best-known examples ...