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A Practitioner's Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents


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Introduction. 1. Starting Assessment: Beginning the Assessment; The Risk Indicator Checklist; The Core Assessment; The Assessment Plan; Introducing the Case Study; The Assessment Agreement; The Assessment Interviews; The First Assessment Session; Assessing the Parents. 2. Collecting Data for Assessment: The Family Structure; Chronology; Experiences from Childhood; Education, Employment; Perception of Self, Ideal Self; Self-Esteem; Exploring if People are Organised or Disorganised, Rigid or Flexible; Exploring Dominant and Submissive Behaviour; Alcohol Abuse; Drug Abuse; Anger and Violence; Schedule 1 Offences; Criminal History; Health; Previous Relationships; Present Relationship; Parenting Skills and Abilities; Perception of Children; Perception of Being a Parent; Parenting and Stress; Parenting and the Needs of Children; The Child; Attachment; Home Environment; Finances; Child Protection Concerns; Evaluating the Information. 3. Assessment: The Case Study: The Case Study Assessment; Positive Outcomes from the Assessment; Conclusion. Appendices: Exercises. References. Index.

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A practical tool for the assessment of children and their families, helping professionals make informed decisions about child protection issues

About the Author

Jeff Fowler is a qualified social worker with thirty years experience of working with children and families. He has worked in residential and field social work as a practitioner and senior manager. Since 1992 he has been a Guardian ad litem, independent social worker, consultant and trainer. He presently assesses families for local authorities and for parties in public and private law proceedings. He is an expert witness in the High Court, the 'Quality Assurance Assessor' for the National Association of Independent Resources for Children, an independent person to the Hesley Group of schools and inspects residential children's services under the Care Standards Act 2002. He is a member of CAFCASS.


A clearly written and informative text. -- Journal of Social Work This excellent book provides experienced practitioners or those working with close supervision from both health and social services with additional strategies to assess parents of children in need... The tool is designed to be used alongside the Framework for the Assessment of Children in need and their Families and is both child centred and family focused. This book would be equally useful to health visitors, school health nurses and social workers involved in the detailed assessment of family functioning. The checklists are not tick box tools but rather aide memoirs to lead discussion with parents to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to assess risk. It is to be recommended for staff who wish to enhance their level of practice. -- Community Practitioner Because of the time restrictions that are vital in child protection, the book would be helpful for the assessment of parents. It is crisp and to the point and could usefully be discussed in training sessions or team meetings. Experienced workers may find this a useful addition to their toolbox. -- Community Care

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