Incorporating multi-family days into parenting assessments: The Writtle Wick model

Barratt, Sara (2012) Incorporating multi-family days into parenting assessments: The Writtle Wick model. Child & Family Social Work, 17 (2). pp. 222-232. ISSN 1365-2206

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This paper describes a project undertaken by family centre staff, drawing on the ideas of the Marlborough Family Service in using multi-family groups as part of their parenting assessments. Child protection assessments are complex and have a far reaching effect on the lives of vulnerable children; practitioners can carry the burden of assessing parents' capacities to meet their children's needs without adequate supervision or support. Our project was developed following the implementation of a new policy, the Public Law Outline, requiring parenting assessments to be completed within a 40-week time frame. We were concerned that this would not afford the opportunity to develop a sufficient relationship with families to provide a thorough assessment. The paper describes the incorporation of multi-family days into the parenting assessments and the effect of this work on clients and practitioners. This paper is a practice paper, rather than a formal evaluation, and describes a project in which family centre workers sought to provide a model of assessment based on working as part of a team, managing uncertainty and valuing the opportunity to develop a relationship with clients in order to make an assessment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 4 April 2012. Special Issue: Parental engagement with services when children may be at risk.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assessment, Child Protection, Family Centres, Social Work, Systemic Practice
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Protection
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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