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Rethinking residential child carePositive perspectives$
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Mark Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349088.001.0001

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Assessment, care planning and programming

Assessment, care planning and programming

(p.103) seven Assessment, care planning and programming
Rethinking residential child care

Mark Smith

Policy Press

This chapter considers the key stages in a child's stay in residential care: assessment, care planning, and programming. The Children who wait report identified a situation whereby children stayed in residential-care settings with little sense of purpose to the placement, other than that of providing everyday care. This report posed fundamental questions as to the suitability of residential child care to provide long-term care for children; this, axiomatically, being assumed to be located in natural or increasingly in substitute-family settings. The publication of Children who wait coincided with the professionalisation of social work in the early 1970s. The chapter also discusses an ecological approach to assessment, problems with assessment frameworks, assessment in the lifespace, risk assessment, and activities in care homes.

Keywords:   Children who wait, residential child care, assessment, care planning, programming, lifespace, social work, ecological approach, risk assessment, activities

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