Beyond assessment: social work intervention in family court enquiries

Mantle, Greg and Williams, Isabel and Leslie, Jane and Parsons, Sarah and Shaffer, Ray (2006) Beyond assessment: social work intervention in family court enquiries. British Journal of Social Work, 38 (3). pp. 431-433. ISSN 1468-263X

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Most parents or carers who separate or divorce are able to make arrangements themselves about where their children will reside and how the children’s contact with the non-resident parent will be managed. A further group of parents or carers are able to come to agreement with the assistance of community- or court-based dispute resolution/ mediation services. There are times, however, when disputes cannot be resolved without recourse to the courts and, when this happens, the court will normally request that a welfare report be prepared by a CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) practitioner. While the boundary between assessment and intervention in social work is often less than clear, the commissioning of a court welfare report in family proceedings strongly suggests an assessment focus and appears to carry little expectation that the practitioner should intervene in order to meet the needs of the children or adults involved. This article presents recent research findings that illustrate ways in which CAFCASS practitioners do go beyond the assessment role expected of them in the course of the enquiries they undertake. Implications for policy and practice in this area of social work are then discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: family court, social work assessment, intervention
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 11:17
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:18

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