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Developing reflective practiceMaking sense of social work in a world of change$
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Helen Martyn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342386

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342386.001.0001

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Commentary from an academic perspective

Commentary from an academic perspective

(p.177) Commentary from an academic perspective
Developing reflective practice

Jane Dutton

Policy Press

This chapter presents commentaries from an academic perspective on the cases of direct social work with the various children presented in the previous chapters. It proposes that the cases all show how important it is to make an assessment of the child's problems and circumstances, before deciding to work directly with the child. They also show that a practitioner's relationship with the child or young person is essentially a personalised relationship. This illustrates that assessment prior to the social work process in indentifying the range of needs which should be addressed by different kinds of therapeutic intervention is crucial.

Keywords:   social work, children, academic perspective, child's problems, therapeutic intervention

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