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A Practitioners' Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents - Jeff Fowler

A Practitioners' Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents

Paperback Published: 25th November 2002
ISBN: 9781843100508
Number Of Pages: 256

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A practical tool for the assessment of children and their families, this guide enables professionals to make informed decisions about child protection issues. Firmly rooted in current practice, it draws on the expertise of a practising consultant and experienced qualified social worker Jeff Fowler, whose work has already formed the basis of guidance reports for child protection agencies and court proceedings. Providing detailed checklists for collecting and interpreting information vital to a best practice assessment, it also includes practical sections that focus on assessing attachment issues, childhood experiences, alcohol and drug abuse, and parenting skills and abilities. It presents a central case study leading to an assessment report which can be used for case conferences, as a core assessment in care proceedings, or for statements in public and private law matters. This is a helpful tool for anyone undertaking assessments but also for others who may be involved in aspects of child protection work such as social workers, health professionals, teachers, and legal and criminal justice professionals.

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A clearly written and informative text. -- Journal of Social Work This excellent book provides experienced practitioners or those working with close supervision from both health and social services with additional strategies to assess parents of children in need... The tool is designed to be used alongside the Framework for the Assessment of Children in need and their Families and is both child centred and family focused. This book would be equally useful to health visitors, school health nurses and social workers involved in the detailed assessment of family functioning. The checklists are not tick box tools but rather aide memoirs to lead discussion with parents to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to assess risk. It is to be recommended for staff who wish to enhance their level of practice. -- Community Practitioner Because of the time restrictions that are vital in child protection, the book would be helpful for the assessment of parents. It is crisp and to the point and could usefully be discussed in training sessions or team meetings. Experienced workers may find this a useful addition to their toolbox. -- Community Care

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Introduction to the practitioner's toolp. 14
Using the practitioner's toolp. 17
Starting Assessmentp. 19
Beginning the assessmentp. 20
The risk indicator checklistp. 21
The core assessmentp. 31
The assessment planp. 32
Introducing the case studyp. 36
The assessment agreementp. 39
The assessment interviewsp. 43
The first assessment sessionp. 47
Assessing the parentsp. 48
Collecting the Data for Assessmentp. 49
The family structurep. 50
Chronologyp. 51
Experiences from childhoodp. 56
Educationp. 66
Employmentp. 69
Perception of selfp. 70
Ideal selfp. 81
Self-esteemp. 82
Exploring whether people are organised or disorganised, rigid or flexiblep. 85
Exploring dominant and submissive behaviourp. 88
Alcohol abusep. 91
Drug abusep. 94
Anger and violencep. 98
Schedule 1 offencesp. 105
Criminal historyp. 107
Healthp. 110
Previous relationshipsp. 112
Present relationshipp. 116
Parenting skills and abilitiesp. 127
Perception of childrenp. 129
Perception of being a parentp. 134
Parenting and stressp. 137
Parenting and the needs of childrenp. 142
The childp. 147
Attachmentp. 149
Home environmentp. 150
Financesp. 153
Child protection concernsp. 154
Evaluating the informationp. 157
Assessment: The Case Studyp. 171
The case study assessmentp. 172
Positive outcomes from assessmentp. 189
Conclusionp. 192
A guide to the Children Act 1989p. 194
Some terms from child protectionp. 199
Exercisesp. 203
Referencesp. 248
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ISBN: 9781843100508
ISBN-10: 1843100509
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th November 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1