Assessment, care planning and programming

Mark Smith

in Rethinking residential child care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303268 | DOI:
Assessment, care planning and programming

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This chapter considers the key stages in a child's stay in residential care: assessment, care planning, and programming. The Children who wait report identified a situation whereby children stayed in residential-care settings with little sense of purpose to the placement, other than that of providing everyday care. This report posed fundamental questions as to the suitability of residential child care to provide long-term care for children; this, axiomatically, being assumed to be located in natural or increasingly in substitute-family settings. The publication of Children who wait coincided with the professionalisation of social work in the early 1970s. The chapter also discusses an ecological approach to assessment, problems with assessment frameworks, assessment in the lifespace, risk assessment, and activities in care homes.

Keywords: Children who wait; residential child care; assessment; care planning; programming; lifespace; social work; ecological approach; risk assessment; activities

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