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By Karen Winter

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

This ebook presents a well timed, helpful source and useful consultant for social paintings scholars specialising in relatives and baby care and for practitioners who've young ones on their caseloads. jam-packed with genuine existence examples of in-depth interviews performed with children recognized to social providers, it outlines what should be performed to enhance perform during this demanding and important area.

Building Relationships and speaking with kids is the 1st booklet to convey to lifestyles the views of childrens and to focus on their competency in the interview method. It:

  • explores the foremost components required via social staff to set up, keep, nurture and cost their relationships with youngsters
  • highlights what childrens, in the context of significant relationships with social employees, can let us know approximately their conditions, their views, their emotions and their perspectives
  • uses case examples to spot top perform directions together with equipment and strategies for social staff to construct significant relationships with children on their caseloads
  • makes thoughts relating to how most sensible to absolutely have interaction and paintings with teenagers.

Written by way of a social employee and collage lecturer with sixteen years adventure of operating within the box of kid defense, this textbook is filled with case experiences and useful recommendation approximately how one can shape relationships with childrens identified to social companies, the main acceptable the right way to use and the way to symbolize their views. it really is crucial examining for all social paintings scholars in addition to social paintings practitioners and different social and overall healthiness care professionals.

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For example, in the statutory guidelines it is stated that ‘all agencies and professionals should prioritize direct communication and positive and respectful relationships with children, ensuring the child’s wishes and feelings underpin assessments and any safeguarding activities’ (DCSF 2010b: 32, para. 14). It also acknowledges that [s]ome of the worst failures of the system have occurred when professionals have lost sight of the child and concentrated instead on their relationship with the adults [and that therefore] the child should be spoken and listened to, and their wishes and feelings ascertained, taken into account (having regard to their age and understanding) and recorded when making decisions about the provision of services.

Even though there is a high turnover of social workers it is still they, with access to full historical records, who have the potential to help children clarify and confirm their views and experiences of their past. The social worker should be in a position where, through their continuous relationship, they can bring insight and understanding in response to the child’s questions and anxieties about the past (Why did that happen? Who was there? What did they do? What did they think? Did they love me?

High self esteem, resilience and positive outcomes are associated with a child having at least one high quality relationship with an adult in their lives. (VCC/NCB 2004: 37) Writers indicate that, for children in care, particular areas of their emotional and social well-being that require special attention and that rely on stable and positive relationships include children’s identity, sense of belonging, completeness and continuity of their life story (Schofield 2005; Winter and Cohen 2005; Luckock et al.

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