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`A considerate, delicate and transparent articulation of center concerns when it comes to the idea and perform of tests in social paintings with young children and their households. it is going to, without doubt, turn into a key textual content at the studying lists of scholars social staff and practitioners either in Britain and in different places' - magazine of Social coverage `Sally Holland has pulled off a tricky activity in scripting this obtainable and demanding e-book. She has effectively built-in findings from her personal unique qualitative, empirical paintings with pragmatic, invaluable and, certainly, ethically powerful instructions for practitioners at the behavior of exams with childrens and households' - baby Abuse assessment `Sally Holland's booklet, in a rigorous and well-theorized method, explores the layers, strategies and context of kid care exams whereas ultimate rooted in what is going to be important to social staff in enhancing their perform' - Audrey Mullender, Professor of Social paintings, collage of Warwick 'This ebook is definitely referenced and set out, and provides an invaluable foundation for every busy CAFCASS specialist, at any point of expertise, to think about how top to fulfill demanding situations. a duplicate for each group library is usually recommended' - family members court docket magazine baby and relations evaluate is an important consultant for either social paintings scholars and practitioners inquisitive about the review of kids and their households. It has a selected specialise in in-depth 'core' checks and courses the reader in the course of the complexities of accomplishing unique tests of desire and probability. it's a advisor for perform that's strongly rooted in learn facts. baby and kin evaluate is split into 3 components. the 1st explores varied techniques to evaluation paintings. It outlines the coverage and perform and locations them in context with baby and the relations. partly the focal point is at the humans enthusiastic about baby and kin tests: the youngsters, their mom and dad and the connection among the assessors and the assessed. The evaluate procedures is printed within the ultimate half focussing really on making plans, research, reporting and significant review. The ebook has a scholar pleasant constitution and features a set of routines that inspire readers to mirror upon the contents of the booklet and to use studying to perform. Written in a transparent and available type, this enticing textual content might be necessary for someone embarking on or already serious about baby and relatives review.

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She worries that the baby will be in care for a long time and when the baby does come back that the bond won’t be there, because that is what happened historically, she feels. One of her other children in care came back and there was no bond and that broke down. (Interview with social worker, Hood family assessment, the Coastal Cities study) As can be seen from these quotations, issues of change, time and concerns about the future are important themes in the assessment process. Families do not remain static during an assessment period and many of the families involved in assessments are experiencing periods of turmoil.

This chapter examines the nature of complex assessment of families. In the last chapter different policy approaches to assessment were outlined. These included predictive and diagnostic approaches, the broad social assessment and the bureaucratic approach. In this chapter the understandings and practices of assessing practitioners are discussed. A number of key themes are explored: assessment as a legalistic task, maintained by a system of rights, responsibilities and openness about power differences; assessment as an objective, informationgathering task; and assessment as a process of reflective evaluation of competing explanations.

Parents have a right to an open and honest approach from social workers and a right to clear explanations of the power, actions and reasons for concern of the agencies involved. Their views should be sought and taken into account, although engaging them in assessment and planning does not mean a total sharing of the agency’s responsibility for decision-making. qxd 12/11/03 6:50 PM 30 Page 30 what is assessment? Here, children have rights, parents have rights and responsibilities, and social workers have responsibilities and power.

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