Gathering information for assessment
One of the major challenges in incorporating attachment theory into a model of practice has been to take what seems to be a highly relevant and useful developmental theory for understanding family relationships and translate it into the practice frameworks within which child and family social work currently operates. The theory has to be made to work within the context of investigations, assessments and interventions in family support and child protection, and be persuasive in team meetings, child protection conferences and courts. Each of these practice environments requires workers to have available to them good, reliable and, above all, useful information about the family situation with which they are dealing.
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