Assessment in Child Care - Using and developing frameworks for practice 2nd edition

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Edited by Martin C Calder and Simon Hackett

Large format paperback. 384 pages

Published July 2013

For frontline workers with responsibility for child protection, safeguarding and family support, this acclaimed book will:

  • help them to navigate the expanding complexities of child care assessments
  • guide them to delivery better outcomes for children and families
  • protect them at a time when legal expectations are high that the latest available evidence is accessed and utilised to inform assessments and care planning.

Experts in their fields, the chapter authors each draw on up-to-date research and integrate it into a body of knowledge that constitutes high levels of established wisdom to produce material whose purpose is to be helpful more than challenging.

The book's systematic and focused access to the knowledge that underpins their work is also of value to researchers, academics and policy-makers, and especially useful to anyone undertaking postgraduate or post-qualifying studies.

Invaluable to practitioners since the first edition was published in 2003. It covers all aspects of how to access, when to assess and what to assess. 'Community Care'.

This edition also incorporates responses to the significant developments in UK legislation and guidance, including:

  • the evolution of the Assessment Framework into the Common Assessment Framework and the Integrated Children's System
  • the Munro review of child protection
  • a change of government and with it a shift from bureaucracy to organisational butchery
  • an eleventh hour concession in the 2013 edition of Working Together that workers can talk about the reality of what they work with every day - risk.


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