The Voice of the Child in Social Work Assessments: Age-Appropriate Communication with Children:
Recorded in July 2016
Author: Lisa O’Reilly and Pat Dolan
Publisher: The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 46, Issue 5, Pages 1191–1207
Geographic Coverage: Ireland
Type of Resource: Report
Vulnerable groups: Children with disabilities
Developed with children and young people? Not specified
Type of participation: N/A
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Abuse and/or neglect, Child protection and welfare assessments, Child-centred, Communication
This article describes a child-centred method for engaging with children involved in the child protection and welfare system.
There is a wide range of research that maintains play is the language of children and the most effective way to learn about children is through their play. Considering this, the overarching aim of this study was to investigate the role of play skills in supporting communication between children and social workers during child protection and welfare assessments.