This ground-breaking text offers a comprehensive and penetrating account of how social developmental perspectives and attachment theory can illuminate practice in the field of child protection and family support. Drawing extensively throughout on fascinating case-study material, the text moves from an introduction to the key theories to a detailed outline of the main methods and processes. It offers a carefully developed and systematically tested practice and assessment model for professionals in this challenging and complex area and, as such, will be an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike.
DAVID HOWE OBE teaches and carries out research in the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies at The University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he is Professor of Social Work. He has longstanding practice and research interests in the fields of child maltreatment, family support and adoption. MARIAN BRANDON is Lecturer in Social Work and Director of Post Qualifying Studies at The University of East Anglia, Norwich. She worked as a social worker prior to taking up her university post. DIANA HININGS is Lecturer in Social Work at The University of East Anglia, Norwich. She has previously worked in children's services in both the UK and USA. GILLIAN SCHOFIELD is Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at The University of East Anglia, Norwich. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on the Child and Family.
Introduction: Working with Children and Families.- PART 1: THE THEORY BEHIND THE PRACTICE.- Introduction.- Understanding Attachment Theory.- Measuring Attachment Patterns across the Lifespan.- Secure and Autonomous Patterns.- Avoidant, Defended and Dismissive Patterns.- Ambivalent, Dependent and Preoccupied Patterns.- Disorganised, Controlling and Unresolved Patterns.- PART 2: APPLYING THE THEORY TO PRACTICE.- Introduction.- Gathering Information for Assessment.- Analysing, Assessing and Classifying the Information.- Formulating the Aims of Intervention.- Introducing Protective Mechanisms and Processes.- The Sites and Forms of Intervention.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Author Index.- Subject Index.