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Mastering Whole Family Assessment in Social Work

Balancing the Needs of Children, Adults and Their Families

January 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781849052405
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How do you keep the whole family in mind when carrying out social work assessment? How do you balance the needs of adults and children? How do you ensure that children's welfare and safety are everyone's priority when families face complex difficulties?

Mastering Whole Family Assessment in Social Work brings together what social workers in adult and children services need to know about assessment across both services. With tools and frameworks that make sense of the interface between adult life difficulties, family problems, parenting capacity and children's needs, this practical guide will help social workers to think across professional and administrative divides. Case studies, practice vignettes, exercises and suggestions for further reading are included throughout the book to help the reader consider the well-being of the whole family when conducting and interpreting assessments.

This guide will help social workers to think holistically and work collaboratively both with each other and with families.

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About this Author

Fiona Mainstone is an independent consultant and educator with many years' experience of social work in local authorities. She contributes to post-graduate programmes at several UK universities and delivers training to managers and practitioners in both adult and children's services. She also practises as a solutions-focused therapist.

ISBN: 9781849052405
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: Mastering Social Work Skills
Pages: 280
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Published: 2014-01-01


'I'm delighted to see a series that is accessible and that deals with the knowledge and skills needed to work creatively with the everyday concerns and complex issues encountered in direct social work practice. This series offers indispensable coverage of key issues.'

This book brilliantly does what it sets out to do -- it provides students and experienced social workers alike with a helpful overview of many different areas of social work specialist knowledge and best practice relevant to whole family assessment, as well as offering many pointers towards aspects of relevant specialisms that workers may not routinely need to consider. It will help them to think more collaboratively about whole family needs, including safety, and guide them towards more effective interventions.

If you work in children's services and have ever complained that your colleagues in adult services lack focus on the child -- or vice versa -- then read this book. It tells you everything you need to know about how to work together constructively to maintain focus on the needs of all family members.

Assessment is a complex and fraught process that can either engage families in, or push them away from, social work support. Mainstone's whole family approach cuts through these complexities and presents a respectful model that offers social workers hope in developing constructive relationships with families. This is a book that should be consulted again and again!

Fiona Mainstone takes on the social work task; interface of work between adult and children's services; and the quality of assessment is also included and relevant. The exercises in each chapter of the book are beneficial to any practitioner... I did find the appendices at the back very useful... I did enjoy this book. The 'Mastering' series has bought together in one volume prevailing thought and research on whole family assessment.

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