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Adult attachment: application in practice with children and families

Published: Mar 2014

Adult attachment: application in practice with children and families

The main Frontline briefing is aimed at practitioners working in health and social care with parents and children. The focus will be on the way that theory and research related to adult attachment can be applied to practice, as well as to supervision and professional development. This publication explores adult attachment theory and the evolution of patterns, adult attachment patterns, care-giving and children’s attachment as well as applying adult attachment informed ideas to practice, including fostering, adoption and supervision.

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development (Taylor 2013)

Published: Nov 2013

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development (Taylor 2013)

Whilst there is no suggestion that all children of parents who misuse substances are inevitably going to experience developmental problems, this type of behaviour can affect the extent to which children’s needs, across the developmental domains, are met. Our latest Frontline briefing examines the degree to which PSM can affect children’s physical and emotional development.

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development - Taylor 2013 (Chart)

Published: Nov 2013

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development - Taylor 2013 (Chart)

This chart accompanies a frontline briefing which examines the degree to which parental substance misuse (PSM) can affect children’s physical and emotional welfare at a range of levels Whilst there is no suggestion that all children of parents who misuse substances are automatically going to experience developmental problems, this type of behaviour can affect the extent to which children’s needs, across the developmental domain, are met. The chart should be used in conjunction with the main briefing as an aid and reminder of the impacts outlined in greater detail in that resource.

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change

Published: Aug 2013

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change

PDF COMING SOON ••••••••••••••••• This briefing is for front line practitioners working across wider children’s services with families for whom there may be safeguarding concerns. It provides a framework to guide assessment and partnership working with these families, in particular, on one specific element of assessment - understanding parents’ ‘capacity to change’.

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change (Chart)

Published: Aug 2013

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change (Chart)

This briefing and tool are aimed at frontline practitioners across wider children’s services who work with families for whom there may be safeguarding concerns. Some families will have had previous involvement with children’s social care (CSC), others may have been referred to CSC but not ‘met the threshold’ for accessing support. This briefing provides a framework to guide assessment and partnership working with these families. In particular we focus on one specific element of assessment - understanding parents’ ‘capacity to change’. The table in this tool provides examples of well-validated tools to support assessment in key domains of child, parent and family functioning.

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change  (Tool)

Published: Aug 2013

Frontline: Assessing parents' capacity to change (Tool)

This tool accompanies the Front line briefing: Assessing Parents' Capacity to Change. In table format it provides examples of well-validated tools to support assessment in key domains of child, parent and family functioning.

Communicating effectively  with children under 5 (Chart)

Published: Mar 2013

Communicating effectively with children under 5 (Chart)

This chart accompanies the fourth in a series of research briefings designed for practitioners across the integrated workforce who work with children and their parents or carers. The chart briefly summarises some of the approaches and tools that a practitioner can draw on to communicate effectively with children under five. It also looks at how these might be used to inform an assessment.

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5

Published: Mar 2013

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5

PDF COMING SOON ••••••••••••••••• This briefing is for front line practitioners across children's services. It offers research findings on why communicating with children under five is so important, how this can be done effectively and what the barriers are.

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5 (A3 poster)

Published: Mar 2013

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5 (A3 poster)

This chart briefly summarises some of the approaches and tools that a practitioner can draw on to communicate effectively with children under five. It also looks at how these might be used to inform an assessment.

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5 (Tool)

Published: Mar 2013

Frontline: Communicating effectively with children under 5 (Tool)

This tool accompanies the Frontline briefing: Communicating effectively with children under five. It provides suggestions for a 'toolkit' of communication methods, how they can be used and how they can inform assessment.

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