Part of a new Social Work Pocketbook series this is a succinct and handy guide to setting up and managing contact visits with looked after children. Realistic about the day-to-day challenges associated with this fundamental aspect of working in children and families services, this book is easy to use and supports social workers and non-social work staff at all levels.Useful features include:
Practical examples, advice and tipsExamples of good practiceExamples of common pitfalls and how to avoid themPoint of law remindersChecklists for easy reference when you are in a hurry
Written by an author with hands-on and extensive experience, this pocketbook will assist students and professionals in:
Deciding who to involve, and where the contact should take placeSupporting relationships to achieve the overall aims of the careplanAssessing a young person's needs in relation to contactDrawing up the contact agreementEvaluating and recording contact
"This easy to read, easy to understand book is accessible to all students who are beginning a placement and need to understand the legislation and philosophy behind contact provision, with excellent tips on how to supervise contact. Invaluable."
Paula Beesley, Freelance Practice Educator, North Yorkshire"Scott has provided a useful daily tool for professionals ... by capturing the everyday issues faced by workers. She has created a working insight of the policies and procedures used by various statutory and voluntary agencies and made them easy to read and understandable."
Louisa Saunders, Newly Qualified Social Worker
Sally Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She has substantial experience of managing contact with children and families as a social worker and manager in the UK and the Irish republic.
How to Use this Book Introduction Chapter 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Contact Chapter 2: Deciding who to involve Chapter 3: Making an assessment Chapter 4: Planning when, where and how Chapter 5: Drawing up the contact agreement Chapter 6: Managing contact Chapter 7: Evaluating the contact Chapter 8: Recording contact Further Reading and Resources References