The Voice of the Child in Social Work Assessments: Age-Appropriate Communication with Children

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The Voice of the Child in Social Work Assessments: Age-Appropriate Communication with Children:

Recorded in July  2016

Age-Appropriate Communication with Children

Contributors

Author: Lisa O’Reilly and Pat Dolan

Publisher: The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 46, Issue 5, Pages 1191–1207

Date: 2015

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Care

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

Introduction

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.