By Sally Holland
`A considerate, delicate and transparent articulation of middle concerns in relation to the speculation and perform of exams in social paintings with teenagers and their households. it's going to, doubtless, turn into a key textual content at the interpreting lists of scholars social employees and practitioners either in Britain and in other places' - magazine of Social coverage `Sally Holland has pulled off a tricky activity in penning this available and critical e-book. She has effectively built-in findings from her personal distinctive qualitative, empirical paintings with pragmatic, precious and, primarily, ethically strong guidance for practitioners at the behavior of exams with kids and households' - baby Abuse overview `Sally Holland's e-book, in a rigorous and well-theorized manner, explores the layers, techniques and context of kid care checks whereas closing rooted in what's going to be priceless to social staff in enhancing their perform' - Audrey Mullender, Professor of Social paintings, collage of Warwick 'This publication 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 most sensible to fulfill demanding situations. a replica for each staff library is suggested' - family members court docket magazine baby and kinfolk overview is an important advisor for either social paintings scholars and practitioners desirous about the overview of kids and their households. It has a specific specialise in in-depth 'core' tests and publications the reader throughout the complexities of carrying out distinctive checks of want and hazard. it's a advisor for perform that's strongly rooted in study proof. baby and kinfolk evaluate is split into 3 components. the 1st explores diverse techniques to evaluation paintings. It outlines the coverage and perform and areas them in context with baby and the family members. partly the focal point is at the humans thinking about baby and kinfolk exams: the kids, their mom and dad and the connection among the assessors and the assessed. The evaluate tactics is printed within the ultimate half focussing relatively on making plans, research, reporting and demanding assessment. The e-book has a pupil pleasant constitution and contains a set of routines that inspire readers to mirror upon the contents of the ebook and to use studying to perform. Written in a transparent and obtainable variety, this attractive textual content can be necessary for somebody embarking on or already considering baby and kin evaluate.
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And, indeed, some of these scandals do appear to follow the disregarding of basic assessment practices, such as observing and interviewing the child and checking case records. However, practitioners are dealing with messy human situations where behaviour is never entirely predictable and where, if there are eight key players, it is possible to have eight competing interpretations of the ‘truth’ of a situation. qxd 12/11/03 6:50 PM 32 Page 32 what is assessment? The traditional notion of assessment implies comparison with some sort of measure or norm and is therefore based on rationalist assumptions.
However, they are less likely to employ scientistic language or attempt to calculate the level of risk within a family. Rather, decisions are seen to emerge. Within the reflective evaluation discourse, again, the opinions of other professionals are sought. The reflective evaluator’s aims might be to check the internal consistency of her reasoning. Any attempt to seek corroboration of views might be seen as a common-sense reasoning device (Wattam, 1992). The Relationship Between Science and Reflection The discourses of scientific observation and reflective evaluation have been presented above as two ways in which social workers understand and explain the decision-making process.
Evaluation ‘pulled together’ at the end. Decision tools. Check with others. Scientific Observation The key elements of this discourse may be summarised as follows. Social workers describe themselves as maintaining an objectivity and distance from the family under assessment. They see the key aims of the assessment as gathering facts and evidence about a family situation and making a decision based on the information gathered. They would avoid reaching a decision until after all information has been gathered and the decision would be made by weighing up the positive factors against the negative, using decision tools and validating their results by consulting with others.