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Child and Family Assessment in Social Work Practice

Child and Family Assessment in Social Work Practice

Second Edition

November 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Child and Family Assessment in Social Work Practice is an essential guide for social work students and practitioners involved in the assessment of children and their families. Focusing on 'core' assessments and guiding the reader through the complexities of conducting assessments of need and risk, the book now includes within each chapter a range of specifically-tailored exercises and focus points which encourage readers both to reflect on what they have learnt and to understand how they can apply that learning to practice.

Placing a strong emphasis on good, evidence-based, assessment practice, Sally Holland has also, for this new edition, included original research evidence from a wide range of up-to-date research studies which are relevant to today's practice and which aim to promote a critical and reflective approach to the assessment process.

The book is divided into three parts:

- Part 1 explores different appoaches to assessment work, outlining policy changes and their implications for working with children and their families.

- Part 2 studies those involved in child and family assessments: children and their parents; and the relationship between the assessors and the assessed.

- Part 3 - a more practical guide - outlines the actual process of an assessment, illustrated by case studies, focusing on planning assessment methods, analysis, reporting and critical evaluation.

Accessibly relating theory and research to actual practice through the use of case studies, exercises, and suggestions for good practice and further reading, this book has a student-friendly structure It will be an invaluable resource for practitioners and academics across the field of social welfare, particularly for those embarking on, or already involved in, child and family assessment.

Assessment in Child and Family Social Work
The Nature of Assessment: Law, Art and Science
Time and Change
The Assessment Relationship
Children in Assessments
Assessing Parents
Assessment Design
Analyzing and Reporting
Conclusion: A Fair and Thorough Assessment

From the first edition:

'This is a timely and helpful book; timely in that it locates assessment within the 'real world' of social work practice and helpful in that establishes the necessity for both intellectual rigor and interpersonal skills in work with children and families. The author's clear sighted approach to the issues will be helpful to all who are involved in social work education and practice' -
Trevor Spratt, Queen's University Belfast

Good book to support child and family assessment.Although for social Work practice but useful for health visitors

Mrs Navjot Virk
Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University
May 8, 2015

Useful text that breathes life into the assessments process and encourages students to explore their own critical practice whilst undertaking assessments.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
November 14, 2013

I recommend this book to students and NQSW's at NTU and the feedback I get from them has been very good. It makes complex issues easy to understand assessment is seen to be central to childrens well being and ongoing.

Mr Simon Howard
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
November 21, 2012

Student freindly style that covers different perspectives and approaches to assessment. Useful practical ideas for teaching

Ms Sue West
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
August 14, 2012

A very welcome addition which has been popular with students. The suggestions for practice and exercises at the end of each chapter help students to relate theory to practice.

Mrs Julie Crawshaw
Social Work, Arts and HE, North East Worcestershire College
August 6, 2012

An excellent book that is accesible and helps the reader think about what goes on in the assessment process.

Mr Abyd Quinn Aziz
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May 17, 2011

helpfully structured and clearly written to guide practitioners through the specific challenges in this area of practice

Ms Anne Ritchie
Social Policy and Social Work, Paisley University
April 15, 2011

Excellent insight into assessment issues for children & families social work practice

Mr Joe Smeeton
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April 4, 2011

Very helpful book for Level 3 - I use it to support teaching delivered across a few modules at UGR and PG level.

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Professor Caroline McGregor
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March 3, 2011

Sally Holland

I am a Reader in Social Work in Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences, and a former social worker in the field of child and family social work. Previously I was a practitioner in the voluntary and statutory sectors. I have extensive experience of conducting qualitative research projects in social work and have investigated issues related to looked after children, assessment of parenting, family group conferences, child neglect, involving fathers and community safeguarding. I have used a range of qualitative methods to explore these topics, including participative research with children, ethnography, mobile methods, life history... More About Author

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