Journal Article

The assessment relationship: interactions between social workers and parents in child protection assessments

S Holland

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 2, pages 149-163
Published in print April 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/30.2.149
The assessment relationship: interactions between social workers and parents in child protection assessments

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This paper is concerned with a relatively unresearched area of child protection practice: the comprehensive assessment. The study comprises qualitative research of social workers conducting these assessments. Sixteen assessments are analysed in detail. It is noted that these assessments, like many other in-depth social work assessments, are mainly based on verbal interactions. Some of the core evidence cited by social workers as forming the basis of their assessment decisions is based on verbal interaction between social workers and parents. Such verbal interactions are viewed as being inextricably intertwined with the social worker-client relationship. A particular aspect of the relationship, the ability to agree a plausible explanation for the family situation, is highlighted as particularly important in determining the outcome of the assessment. The possible implications of these findings for assessment practices are outlined.

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Subjects: Social Work

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