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Congruence and co-operation in social workers’ assessments of children in need

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This paper examines the concepts of congruence and co-operation in social work practice with children and families. It describes findings from the author’s own research and attempts to deconstruct the interaction of the two phenomena. Using material from other published research, the paper proposes a model and suggests methods for analysing congruence and co-operation in the practice context. The key implication is that the depth of a social worker’s understanding of a family situation may affect his or her assessment of parental co-operation.

Keywords: assessment; child protection; children in need; co-operation; congruence; partnership

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00473.x

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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