This case study will draw on a practice case from a statutory Children and Families Intervention Team. The work focused on a family, whose four children had been removed from their home, and an assessment of parenting skills. The main areas of work include the first initial visit to the family home, the outcomes of the Child Protection Conference, and observing contact supervision. The themes running throughout the essay and its composition are; power, empowerment, professional/personal conflicts, removal of children, impact of neglect, gender violence and attachment theory.
The primary objective of the statutory agency I work within is the provision of intervention to prevent family breakdown and reduce the number of children and young people going into care. As a result of the agency intervention it aims to make a positive contribution to the lives of young people and their families, by promoting healthy lifestyles, building capabilities and strengthening families’ relationships. The main Legal and Policy Mandate the organisation works within is the Children Act (CA) 1989-2004 and section 17’ Child in need’.
Assessment and Purpose
Furthermore, from this visit, I have learnt that no lecture, or text book reading can really prepare for you for the situation I walked into and the highly expressed emotions felt throughout. Lipskey (1980) argues what social workers learn in school or training is different to what they have to do in the street. He adds they need to take everything they have learned and apply it to particular situations relatively quickly without full information. In addition it is argued that ‘social workers are faced with many uncertain and complex situations that are emotionally provoking and therefore cannot be handled by simply following procedures’ (Fook and Askeland: 2007:526). I certainly found this to be the case in this situation because it showed uncertainty and how things can quickly change.
Nevertheless, on reflection I think this was the best possible outcome to happen for the children on that day as it was deemed that they were at risk of significant harm, which coincides with The Local Authorities (LA) general duty under the CA to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need’. In addition the Working Together (WT) (2013:7) state this as, ‘protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development;...and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes’. Which ultimately were the reasons why the Section.20 had to be issued.
I reflected on my role in the first visit and realised I did not really use any verbal communication, and am aware that I need to build on this skill. However, through self- awareness, body language, displaying a non-judgmental stance, maintaining eye contact with clients, and being calm may have also contributed to diffusing the situation (Mandell, 2008) and assisted in building a rapport with the parents...