Child Social Work Policy & Practice by Derek Kirton

By Derek Kirton

This ebook deals an authoritative assessment of kid care coverage and perform within the united kingdom. The publication displays the complexity and contested nature of children’s wishes, rights, and pursuits and relationships among family members and kingdom. It analyzes correct debates and study and highlights perform matters and dilemmas. Readers also are directed to resources of additional details on subject matters they might desire to discover in additional intensity. on the finish of every bankruptcy, there's assistance for additional examining, assets for perform and questions for dialogue.

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5 million (Morris and Wates, 2006). There is a considerable body of research examining the links between parental mental health and children’s welfare, including any increased risks for the latter’s mental health. Helpful reviews of the evidence on genetic vulnerability, the effects of parental beliefs and behaviour (delusion, lack of physical or emotional responsiveness, aggression) and separation due to hospitalisation are offered by Golombok (2000) and Weir (2003). , 1992). However, as Reder and Duncan (1999) argue, the effects of mental health problems on parenting behaviour and in turn upon children cannot be simply ‘read off’ from a diagnostic label, but must be carefully assessed in each individual case.

Qxp 9/19/2008 11:34 AM Page 26 it has been gathered. Models or frameworks for decision making are beyond our scope here (see for example Adcock, 2001, for helpful discussion). Crucial elements, however, are likely to be those related to whether relevant thresholds (for significant harm or impaired development) have been reached, what changes are necessary, and how likely they are to occur and within what timescale, bearing in mind the child’s developmental needs and the nature of difficulties within the family.

The prescribed timescale for the core assessment is 35 working days, a target that is met in 78 per cent of cases. , 2000: 10–16) sets out the following key principles, namely that assessments: • • • • • • • • • • are child-centred; are rooted in child development; are ecological in their approach; ensure equality of opportunity; involve working with children and families; build on strengths as well as identify difficulties; are inter-agency in their approach to assessment and the provision of services; are a continuing process, not a single event; are carried out in parallel with other action and providing services; are grounded in evidence-based knowledge.

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