Deciding Children's Futures: An Expert Guide to Assessments for Safeguarding and Promoting Children's Welfare in the Family Court

Author(s) : Joyce Scaife

Deciding Children's Futures: An Expert Guide to Assessments for Safeguarding and Promoting Children's Welfare in the Family Court

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 392
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 33372
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415596343
  • ISBN 10 : 0415596343
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Deciding Children's Futures addresses the thorny task of how to assess parents and children who belong to struggling families where there are issues of neglect or significant harm, and when separating parents are contesting arrangements for the care of their children. This is a practitioner's guide: it discusses how to create relationships that are capable of breaching natural parental defences to assessment; the importance of keeping an open mind, how to ask questions that fathom people's experiences, and how to develop understanding of their histories, narratives, worries, hopes and fears. Joyce Scaife's approach draws on practice knowledge, theory and research findings with a view to integrating the accounts of parents and children with safeguarding imperatives and government guidance, thereby enabling professionals to make informed decisions designed to impact positively on children's futures. This accessible and comprehensive book will be of great interest to 'expert' witnesses, practising social workers, children's guardians, solicitors, barristers, magistrates and mental health professionals.

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'If practitioners were to use only one book to help them to carry out complex assessments this should be the one; I cannot recommend it highly enough.'
- Christine Carter, Co Founder and Co Director of Carter Brown Associates Family Expert Witness Service

About the Author(s)

Joyce Scaife, former Director of Clinical Practice for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology training course at the University of Sheffield, is a clinical psychologist with a career-long interest in supportive and challenging supervision.

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