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Capacity to Change: Understanding and Assessing a Parent's Capacity to Change within the Timescales of the Child

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ISBN/ISSN: 9781846619199
Publisher: Family Law

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Why should you buy Capacity to Change

Keeping children at home with their families, whilst seeking to protect them from significant harm, remains a challenge for legal, social care, health and education professionals. At a time when expert evidence is relied upon less to inform critical decisions in children’s lives, this edited book brings together a range of professionals who are specialists in the issues involved when assessing whether a parent has the ability to change in order to meet their child’s needs, and to do so within the child’s time scales.

The aim of the book is to provide a structure that explains the process of case formulation in child and family assessments, focusing on the needs of the child and the parent’s capacity to meet them in the child’s timescales. From a developmental perspective the book explores a wide range of issues, each with a focus on the central issue of capacity and timescales, including attachment needs, child abuse and developmental trauma, the needs of the adults including their mental health, learning difficulties, and drug and alcohol misuse.

The needs of the child are explored from a range of perspectives including their own voice, their parenting experience and life at school. Contributions include issues identified from a social work, legal and health perspective, as well as assessment and formulation.

Using evidence and clinical practice the book provides a formulation matrix for understanding the necessary process that is required in undertaking robust child law case assessments. The book is written with reference to models of practice and evidence, but also written by practitioners sharing case examples and insights into clinical work.

It is aimed at the legal profession and those seeking to gain greater understanding and skills in child law and practice.


"An important book,objective and non-judgmental in its stance, as well as compassionate ... offers a wealth of professional guidance and advice on a particularly delicate and heart-rending subject which centres on the welfare of children ... revealing as it does the latest thinking in this difficult area, this book should be required reading for the insights it provides to all professionals in this field" Phillip Taylor MBE and ELizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers


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Table of contents

Part One: 
• Capacity to change in the children’s timescales
• Early intervention: Outcomes for babies and young children in the care system
• Outcomes for children with attachment disorders and understanding their long-term needs
• Psychological needs and outcomes for abused and neglected children
• Psychological needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders
• Children and young people’s experience: The voice of the child in their experience of timescales
• Learning and educational needs of children and young people
• Protection and working towards safety and stability for the child
• The needs of children caught in private law proceedings when their family disintegrates
Part Two:
• Understanding and assessing motivation to change
• Capacity to change in parents with mental health issues
• Capacity to change in parents who are violent
• Capacity to change in parents who are a sexual risk
• Capacity to change in parents with drug and alcohol problems
• Capacity to change in parents with learning difficulties
• Understanding the legal processes and implications in the assessment of capacity to change in the child’s timescales