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Putting Analysis Into Child and Family Assessment: Undertaking Assessments of Need 3ed

by Ruth Dalzell and Emma Sawyer National Children's Bureau
Pub Date:
03/2016
ISBN:
9781909391239
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
Price:
AU$52.99 NZ$56.51
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Putting Analysis into Child and Family Assessment bridges theory and practice, and provides clear guidance to improve assessments in child and family social work. It addresses the issues of central concern to child and family social workers, including analytical assessment, outlines how to avoid common pitfalls, provides strong theoretical foundations, and demonstrates how the theory can be translated into practice. With reference to common and specialist assessments, the book covers every stage of the assessment process: planning and preparation, hypothesising, involving children, and making, recording and reviewing decisions. It features practice tools, case studies and practice development sessions and activities. This third edition has been fully updated with recent policy changes and new research findings. This book will be valued by practitioners, managers, trainers and lecturers looking for a grounded resource which provides practical guidance on how to improve assessments.

Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Assessment Process in Context. 2. Preparing For and Planning Assessments. 3. Conducting the Assessment. 4. Making, Recording and Reviewing Decisions. 5. Team Development Activities. 6. Challenges and Opportunities For Analytical Practice. References. Resources and Useful Information.

This book is undoubtedly a brilliant starting point...overall, this book is a very useful addition to the social-work literature and in particular to those writing assessments within the court environment.
Ruth Dalzell has social work skills in field work, family placements and youth justice gained during 12 years of direct social work practice with children and families and has considerable experience in individual and group work with children, young people and adults. At National Children's Bureau for nine years she instigated, managed and delivered practice development projects, consultancy, policy activity, conferences, seminars and training courses and developed a well-regarded network for children's services managers and planners. Ruth has published widely on practice development issues for children's services. She now works as a consultant.


 


Emma Sawyer has worked as a social worker, manager and trainer, she has extensive experience of working with children and families with complex and challenging needs. Whilst working for National Children's Bureau, Emma published several resources on how services can best work together to support parenting more effectively.