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Read the case scenarios provided. Choose one and describe how a social worker might respond to the situation. Consider a multidisciplinary approach and reflect on the theoretical underpinings through which decisions would be made.

Read the case scenarios provided. Choose one and describe how a social worker might respond to the situation. Consider a multidisciplinary approach and reflect on the theoretical underpinings through which decisions would be made.

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An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Annette Henry. Originally submitted for Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College, with lecturer Dr Bronagh McKee in the category of Social Studies
An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Annette Henry. Originally submitted for Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College, with lecturer Dr Bronagh McKee in the category of Social Studies

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Read the case scenarios provided. Choose one and describe how asocial worker might respond to the situation. Consider a multidisciplinaryapproach and reflect on the theoretical underpinnings through whichdecisions would be made. (2000 words)Case Scenario TwoFour-year old Sue attends the local nursery unit. The classroom assistanthas been concerned about her for a few weeks and has made contact withthe designated teacher. The information recorded during this initial contactis as follows:“Sue lives with her mum and quite a few members of the extended familyin the nearby housing estate. She seems to continually have a sore throat,a cold and does not always arrive at nursery wearing a coat. Recently, shehas started to ignore most of the other children, who in turn are excludingher from their play. This may also be due to the fact that sometimes Suearrives at nursery unclean, smelly and unkempt. She does not seem to beengaging with other adults in nursery and when she does, it is withreluctance. Sue was found taking a snack from another child. Whenasked, Sue’s mum said she is ‘just a little bit slow to learn’ and does notappear to be concerned. The designated teacher has made contact withthe local Gateway Team to seek advice” A good social worker (SW), according to Asquith, Clark and Waterhouse(2005), DFES (2005), Safeguarding vulnerable groups Act (2006) and
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Safeguarding Board Act (NI) (2011), has good communication skillscombined with intelligence and warmth. Ramsay (2003), Davies (2003)and Gambrill (2006) state that the three core components of social workpractice are knowledge, in areas such as child development; values suchas beliefs about what is good enough parenting; and skills such asinfluencing parents to engage with support services. Using these corecomponents the first action a social worker will take when a referral hasbeen made, according to Holland (2004), is to go to the child’s home andmake an assessment of the situation. This essay therefore, will focus onassessment and discuss a multi disciplinary approach and then look atissues within the case study, in light of theory that would guide decision. Although there are many issues, the ones discussed will be, Sue’sextended family, her reluctance to engage with peers and adults and her having a continual sore throat whilst not always wearing a coat to nursery.SW’s can be both genders but for the purposes of this essay the SW willbe referred to as female. Assessment is important according to Trevithick (2005), Morris (2008) andFook (2002) to help individuals maintain the quality of life they have,prevent deterioration and enable families to make changes to improvetheir quality of life. According to Kemshall (1998) and Griggs (2000) {citedin Milner and O’Byrne, 2009} assessment is an appraisal of situation,circumstances and behaviours of the family which may include riskassessment and ascertaining need. According to Howe (2005) andHepworth, Rooney, Dewberry-Rooney, Strom-Gottfried and Larson (2006)
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assessment will identify the problems, strengths and potential resourcesand in light of this the SW, other professionals, the client and the child, willdecide on goals and choose interventions, the benefits of which will beconstantly evaluated. The child being part of decision making isparticularly noteworthy as The Good Childhood Enquiry (2008) found thatchildren predominantly feel like they have no control over what happens tothem.There is a real lack of evidence proving the effectiveness of assessment,according to Holosko (2010) who also note that there are many obstaclesto its successful outcome. Milner and O’Byrne (2009) suggest these maybe because the family does not want the involvement of social services or there may be mental health issues stopping engagement. Otheobstacles, according to Martyn (2002) are that the SW may have atolerance of living standards that most would find totally unacceptable; shemay lack time or have too many cases.To try to combat assessment problems the framework Understanding theNeeds of Children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI) may be used which is auniversal assessment tool devised by DHSSPS (2007a) to be used by allprofessionals involved with the family. According to DHSSPSNI (2006)UNOCINI is divided into three areas within the threshold of needs matrix.They note these areas are child’s needs such as health, development,education, learning, self-esteem, identity, self-care, family and social
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