For the busy frontline practitioner with little time to plan ahead, this hands-on guide presents imaginative and unique methods to engage families and caregivers throughout the process of assessing vulnerable children.
Setting the context for each area of assessment, including strengths and resilience, risk and needs and the child's lived experience, the book then describes a series of activities or creative techniques to engage young people and their caregivers within this area. It outlines the materials required, aims of the exercise and method. It includes 'handy hints' based upon practical experience, making it a quick go-to guide for every day practice.
It encourages practitioners to focus on building safety into relationships and to adapt their approach to take into account the impact of trauma and abuse on an individual's capacity to engage and to communicate verbally.
Katie Wrench has been a therapeutic social worker for 15+ years, as well as an art psychotherapist. She is currently the manager of the Therapeutic Social Work Team at Leeds Children's Social Work Service.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Building safety into the assessment process; 2. Communication and creativity; 3. Exploring Protective Factors - Strengths and Resilience; 4. Exploring and Understanding the Nature of Relationships; 5. Hearing the family stories; 6. Exploring Every Day Lived Experience; 7. Talking about a specific event or person; 8. What's the problem? Exploring risks and needs; 9. Assessing Change Factors; References