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  • Using an assessment framework: outcomes from a pilot study

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    Journal of Children's Services, Vol: 2, Page: 37-47,Pavilion Publishing

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    The aim of this study was to examine a framework for the assessment of vulnerable children and their families in five health board areas in the Republic of Ireland


    This article reports on the evaluation of a pilot project which tested the utility of a framework for the Assessment of Vulnerable Children and their Families in five health board (local authority) areas in the Republic of Ireland. The framework had been developed following a consultancy process with practitioners and managers from a number of disciplines. The evaluation sought to establish whether (1) use of the framework helped to standardise practice across a range of organisational environments, (2) the framework was effective in a range of family situations and circumstances, (3) the process of assessment was transparent, (4) the framework advanced collaboration between disciplines and (5) the materials were user-friendly. The methods used for evaluation were: semi-structured interviews, a review of case records, a postal survey of practitioners, an action learning set and consultation with an expert group. Findings indicated that the framework was largely successful in its aims, with weaknesses demonstrated principally in two areas, namely inadequate use of evidence for decision-making and deficiencies in documented information about children. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Children's Services is the property of Pavilion Publishing and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


    Helen Buckley; Sadhbh Whelan; Cliona Murphy; Jan Horwath

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    Study Papers » Case Study » Descriptive Studies - Without a comparision


    Article 17466660 Accession Number: 25742563; Buckley, Helen 1; Whelan, Sadhbh 2; Murphy, Cliona 2; Horwath, Jan 3; Affiliations: 1: Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 2: Research Fellow, Children's Research Centre, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 3: Professor of Child Welfare, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, UK Source Info: Jun2007, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p37; Thesaurus Term: CHILDREN; Thesaurus Term: FAMILY; Thesaurus Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: PILOT projects; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: assessment; Author-Supplied Keyword: child development; Author-Supplied Keyword: child protection; Author-Supplied Keyword: child welfare; Author-Supplied Keyword: parenting capacity; Number of Pages: 11p. Document Type: Article


    assessment of vulnerable children

    International Classification:

    Other - assessment of vulnerable children



    Republic of Ireland (Five health board areas.)