By Judith Milner, Patrick O’Byrne (auth.), Jo Campling (eds.)
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Scott 's Australian study of hospital and community child protection social workers (in press) provides the most detailed evidence of this tendency. 's study (1990), the social workers used a framework of assessment that gave salience to a narrower range of 28 Assessment in Social Work factors than that specified in agency guidelines, being influenced most heavily by risk factors. They tended not to consider situational and interpersonal conflicts, although, as discussed earlier, these are the main reasons for elderly people being admitted to residential care in this country.
The first is the 'how to' stage . This consists of the group listing hypotheses that flow from the heading 'In this situation it is really a question of HOW TO .. ' . For example, in assessing a situation in which a seriously abused and neglected child has been thriving well with foster parents for 4 years, but the birth mother wants the child, now 10 years old, to return to her, and the child wants to live with her and her abusive partner, it could be a question of how to: • • • • • collect evidence to oppose the application; assess what support the birth mother would need to be able adequately and safely to mother the child; find ways of making the birth mother 's home safe; use the law to remove the dangerous partner; find ways of maintaining residence with the foster parents and a relationship with the birth mother.
1994, p. 68). This, however, is not to say that there are not helpful questions that can deepen understanding, and these questions will flow from some theoretical map, as will be clear in later chapters. We would suggest that the questioning model is most likely to be used when risk factors provide the main emphasis of the assessment, the procedural model fits assessment subject to resource constraints and the exchange model comes nearest to meeting a needs-led assessment. The 30 Assessment in Social Work questioning and procedural models are often found in combination, while the exchange model embraces the principles outlined in government guidance.
Assessment in Social Work by Judith Milner, Patrick O’Byrne (auth.), Jo Campling (eds.)