Observing Children and Families

Beyond the Surface

By Gill Butler

In social work with children and families, the ability to observe and to process what is seen is crucial. Yet, successive inquiries into child deaths have demonstrated the difficulties faced by professionals in doing what is superficially a very straightforward task - seeing, thinking about, and developing an understanding of the child's experience. This book will help readers develop an understanding of what is entailed in observation, explaining the unique insights that child observation can bring to practice with children and families. By drawing out relevant theoretical concepts, the book aids their understanding of what they are observing and so helps them to develop their own skills. Key theoretical concepts are brought together from developmental psychology and psychoanalytic thinking in a way that enables practitioners to draw on these to inform and enrich their thinking. Useful case studies are presented which practitioners can relate to their own practice when they are struggling to make sense of difficult situations. [Subject: Social Work, Youth Work, Children's Studies, Family Studies, Psychology]

112 pages

Publication Date: 11/18/2015
Format: Ebooks
ISBN: 9781910391655

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