By Jeff Fowler
A sensible instrument for the overview of youngsters and their households, this consultant permits pros to make proficient judgements approximately baby security concerns. Firmly rooted in present perform, it attracts at the services of a practicing advisor and skilled certified social employee Jeff Fowler, whose paintings has already shaped the foundation of steerage studies for baby safety organisations and courtroom proceedings.
offering targeted checklists for amassing and analyzing info important to a top perform overview, it is usually functional sections that target assessing attachment concerns, youth reports, alcohol and drug abuse, and parenting talents and skills. It provides a vital case research resulting in an overview file which might be used for case meetings, as a center review in care court cases, or for statements in private and non-private legislations matters.
this can be a important instrument for an individual project checks but in addition for others who will be keen on features of kid defense paintings equivalent to social staff, well-being execs, academics, and felony and felony justice professionals.
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R Is there a history of separation from parents? £ r Has the child had periods in care? I r Is there any evidence of attachment difficulties? I r Does the child’s behaviour give cause for concern? £ r Has the child been frequently referred to the GP or hospital? £ r Have any referrals to the GP or hospital been inappropriate? £ r Is the child referred to by carers as being difficult, demanding, naughty, aggressive? £ r 30 A PRACTITIONER’S TOOL FOR CHILD PROTECTION… Yes No Don’t know Is the child non-attending at school or arriving late for school?
The importance of the family and workers being truthful and honest with each other needs to be stressed. Factual information which is given but which is not true, or information which is withheld, for example, a criminal conviction, is likely to discredit what might be an otherwise honest account, or to contaminate an otherwise positive assessment. Achieving a positive climate for the assessment is more likely if: • family members are treated with respect and courtesy at all times • workers use positive body language, and avoid negative body language, at all times • negative responses, such as head-shaking, are avoided.
COLLECTING THE DATA FOR ASSESSMENT 51 Case study Michelle’s family Michelle is the only child of Annie M and Harry F. Her mother lives at 12 Low Street, Newton, with her partner George T. Michelle does not speak to her mother and describes their relationship as ‘non-existent’. They sometimes meet accidentally in town, but according to Michelle, they ignore each other. Michelle refers to George T as her father although biologically that is not the case. Michelle has never met her birth father and does not know where he lives.