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By Karen Winter

Why is it very important for social staff to shape significant relationships with children on their caseloads? and the way can social staff enhance significant relationships with those younger children?

This e-book offers a well timed, precious source and sensible consultant for social paintings scholars specialising in family members and baby care and for practitioners who've kids on their caseloads. full of genuine existence examples of in-depth interviews carried out with childrens recognized to social providers, it outlines what will be performed to enhance perform during this demanding and important area.

Building Relationships and speaking with young ones is the 1st e-book to convey to lifestyles the views of youngsters and to spotlight their competency in the interview procedure. It:

  • explores the main parts required via social staff to set up, hold, nurture and price their relationships with children
  • highlights what young ones, in the context of significant relationships with social staff, can let us know approximately their conditions, their views, their emotions and their perspectives
  • uses case examples to spot most sensible perform instructions together with equipment and methods for social employees to construct significant relationships with children on their caseloads
  • makes strategies relating to how most sensible to definitely have interaction and paintings with kids.

Written by means of a social employee and college lecturer with sixteen years adventure of operating within the box of kid defense, this textbook is stuffed with case stories and sensible recommendation approximately tips to shape relationships with young ones recognized to social providers, the main acceptable the way to use and the way to symbolize their views. it really is crucial studying for all social paintings scholars in addition to social paintings practitioners and different social and well-being care professionals.

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If so, what do you feel have been some of the adverse consequences of these? So why is the social worker relationship so important? To address this relationships will now be considered in terms of their contribution to: long-term positive outcomes for children; effective implementation of social work processes; and securing the protection, provision and participation rights of young children. Crucially, the perspectives of the children who are known to social services will also be considered with regard to these issues.

Moreover, all the related statutory guidance highlights that social workers must complete investigations and assessments that are a valid, accurate, clear and inclusive reflection of children’s circumstances (CWDC 2009: 23). They also highlight that to achieve this social workers need to develop meaningful and goodquality relationships with the children concerned. 1 provides a summary of the different groups of young children that come to the attention of social services, the social work processes that will be instigated in relation to them, the statutory guidelines that govern those processes and the references to the importance of the social worker relationship contained within those guidelines.

The type of relationship it argues should be aspired to is that of ‘a good parent who looks out for [children], speaks on their behalf and responds to their needs’ (DCSF 2008a: 7, para. 3). The relationship should be characterized by three core components: ‘high aspirations; stability; and listening to the voice of the child’ (DCSF 2008a: 7, para. 2). As noted in the exercise in Chapter One, while there are questions as to whether this type of relationship that is modelled on the social worker being, in effect, the child’s parent is appropriate, realistic and/or achievable, the government is designing frameworks and services based on this model.

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