Author: Pauline Hoggan, chair, Inverclyde Council Adoption, Fostering and Permanence Panel, and Action for Children Scottish Fostering Panel BIOG, updated by Debra Pearlman, independent social work consultant BIOG
Last Updated: 15 June 2012
Publication Date: 29 June 2009
Underpinning principles and theories
The assessment of the role and impact of parents’ strengths, attitudes and behaviours on their child’s well-being is central to the social work contribution to the support of parents who are vulnerable or who have vulnerable children. It is also central in identifying the need for parental change where there is risk to the safety of children or others. Understanding parents and their context is crucial to working out the help which will be most effective for them, and consequently for their child, and in identifying the impact of parental problems on the short and long term development and well-being of a child.
Social workers undertake parenting assessments in a range of contexts including:
- To identify whether the child and the family need specific help or services including for children with disabilities.
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