Families and Carers

The aim of this Guide is to provide workers with a practical frameworks and tools forcomprehensive assessment and interventions with families of children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.

Contents

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INTRODUCTION 230
Focus of guide 231
Practice context of the guide 231
Children under 10 yrs 232
Language 232
What’s in the Guide and tips for using it 232
1. RATIONAL, PRINCIPLES AND
PURPOSES OF FAMILY WORK
234
1.1 A risk and resilience approach 235
1.2 A systematic and holistic approach 236
1.3 Diversity and uniqueness of families 237
1.4 Rationale for working with Parents 238
1.5 Benefits of working with parents/carers 239
1.6 Benefits of parental involvement for young people 240
1.7 Benefits of involvement for parents 240
1.8 Purposes and goals of family work 241
2. AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE FAMILY
AS A SYSTEM
243
2.1 Introduction 244
2.2 Key elements of a systemic understanding of families 244
2.3 Cultural considerations 245
2.4 Systemic view of problems and change 245
2.5 Systemic practice with families: 10 ideas 247
3. GETTING STARTED, PREPERATION MANDATE AND
ENGAGEMENT
249
3.1 Preparing the worker 250
3.2 What practitioners need from their agencies 250
3.3 The practitioner responsibilities 251
3.4 Mandate: complexities and considerations 253
3.5 Co-ordination and involvment of parents/carers 253
3.6 Engagement of parents/carers: points to bear in mind 255
3.7 Barriers to parental engagement 257
4. COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY ASSESSMENT 258
4.1 Assessment context links between family
assessment and DOH and ASSET assessment
259
4.2 Comprehensive family assessment 260
4.3 Principles and goals of the AIM family assessment 261
4.4 Assessment v. intervention 262
4.5 AIM comprehensive family assessment model 263
4.6 Cultural and diversity considerations 273
4.7 Family history 274
4.8 Recording the assessment: action and analysis forms 275
ASSESSMENT & PLANNING IN PRACTICE: THREE CASE
EXAMPLES OF THE FAMILY ASSESSMENT MODEL IN ACTION
277
Case Study 1: Jackson family
Reasonable strengths
278
Case Study 2: Taylor family
Considerable difficulties
283
Case Study Exercise: Assessing the Brown family 287
6. INTERVENTION & CHANGE: GOALS & METHODS 291
6.1 Foundations for effective therapeutic work 292
6.2 A Continuum of intervention 292
6.3 Therapeutic goals, co-ordination & Therapeutic Contracts 294
6.4 Techniques & methods of intervention 295
6.5 Systemic questions 296
6.6 Educational Information 298
6.7 Genograms 299
6.8 Motivational interviewing 302
6.9 Solution focused approaches 304
6.10 Narrative approaches 307
6.11 Sculpting 310
6.12 Positive parenting interventions 310
6.13 OTher intervention resources 317
7. JOINT SESSIONS & INTERVENTION IN ACTION 318
7.1 Joint sessions: benefits, considerations & principles 319
7.2 Purposes & benefits of joint sessions 320
7.3 Exceptions 321
7.4 Preperation & practicalities 322
7.5 Conducting the sessions 323
7.6 Intervention in action: the Jackson family 325
7.7 Intervention study: the Taylor family 328
APPENDIX 333
References & bibliography 338
Bibliography & Intervention Resources 340