March 7, 2017

Assessing Children's Needs and Circumstances: The Impact of by Steve Walker, Hedy Cleaver, Al Aynsley-Green

By Steve Walker, Hedy Cleaver, Al Aynsley-Green

Drawing on in-depth interviews with social staff and their managers, and households and children themselves, the authors of this significant ebook exhibit how the rules embodied within the evaluate Framework were utilized to social paintings perform. Revisiting the foundations defined within the legislative context and the evaluate Framework, they express how the focal point on review has affected the paintings with kids, and the stories of kids and households themselves. The authors establish various matters that effect the implementation of the evaluate Framework, together with the most important components the place help and coaching are wanted. They evaluation social staff' and different pros' appraisal of the way the evaluate Framework impacts person perform and inter-agency collaboration, in addition to exploring how happy children and their mom and dad are with the tests they're excited about. eventually, they learn the associated fee to social prone of venture a middle evaluation. Emphasising the significance of a joined-up baby care carrier, the authors' findings were taken into consideration within the improvement of the built-in kid's method. This e-book can be learn via all these pros who're operating to advertise the welfare and wellbeing and fitness of kids.

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Strong leadership was necessary to carry through the changes that were required to implement the Assessment Framework, because it involved councils in changes at the organisational, procedural and practice level. Councils used one of four strategies to implement the Assessment Framework: 1. the appointment of a specific project officer 2. a specific project officer supported by an implementation group 3. an implementation group 4. existing management structures. · Implementation required staff at all levels of the organisation to own the Assessment Framework and key to this was the involvement of senior managers, first-line managers, trainers and practitioners.

In the remaining 16 councils it was reported that joint assessments were restricted to three types of situation: · The needs of the individual child could not be assessed without the involvement of other agencies. For example, disabled children or children in need of protection (11, 58% of councils reported joint assessments in these circumstances). · Other professionals were working with the parent. For example, children living in families where there were issues, such as parental drug or alcohol misuse (10, 53% of councils reported joint assessments in these circumstances).

The Looking After Children System was launched by the Department of Health in 1995, and all or parts of the system is now in use in over 97 per cent of councils in England. The system consists of a research-based theoretical framework to assess the needs of looked-after children and a series of supporting records. , 1998; Ward 1995, 1998) identified a number of factors which assisted successful implementation. In particular: IMPLEMENTATION / 43 · support with implementation · leadership · ownership · cross-boundary working · training · technical capacity.

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