Amos and Christopher: Working towards care proceedings

Michael O’Dempsey

in Developing reflective practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302032 | DOI:
Amos and Christopher: Working towards care proceedings

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This chapter presents a case study concerning the author's social work experience with seven-year-old Amos and eight-year-old Christopher who were subject to interim care orders and living in foster care. It explains that the parental relationship was characterised by domestic violence and the children were experiencing a major psychosocial change due to their parents' divorce. It discusses the social work process, the author's session with the children, and the author's evaluation of the effectiveness of her intervention method. The author believes that the intervention was helpful because it enabled the children to understand that they were not responsible for being in care, nor for their parents fighting and subsequently parting.

Keywords: social work; children; interim care orders; foster care; parental relationship; domestic violence; divorce

Chapter.  4485 words.  Illustrated.

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