Process of Casework with Children and Their Families

  • Murli Desai
Part of the Children¿s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR)


This chapter discusses the process of casework with children and their families with reference to:

1. The problem-solving process and stages of casework;

2. The process of social work interview with reference to the interview setting, planning an interview, interview transitions and summarising;

3. The initial stages of engagement, assessment and planning; and

4. The concluding stages of evaluation and termination.


Social Worker Interview Transition Exclusive Relationship Client Satisfaction Questionnaire Family Communication Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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