Putting Analysis Into Child and Family Assessment (3rd ed) by Ruth Dalzell and Emma Sawyer, continues to be the kind of book that I use on a regular basis. It is written and presented in a way that provides a great example of how to analyse in practice. Set within a contemporary social work policy and practice context, it identifies and examines the key elements of analytical assessments separately and in relation to each other. It offers accessible theory, research and evidence, models, tools and exercises that allow practitioners, students, tutors, practice educators and trainers to reflect upon their practice and continue to develop and build upon their knowledge base. An excellent resource.
It provides an excellent review of a wide range of evidence and theorizing and touches on many key theoretical issues, but it combines this with practical implications and tasks to support students or experienced workers to develop their skills and knowledge. In doing so it provides a great introduction to assessment - while indicating where readers can go if they wish to explore issues in greater depth or find more evidence in relation to a particular issue.
Praise for second edition: As social workers are striving to push back the excessive levels of bureaucratisation and increase the space for professional practice, this excellent book offers easily understood ways to improve critical reasoning skills and will be useful for individuals, teams, and agencies.
The third edition of this excellent resource is most welcome. Putting Analysis Into Child and Family Assessment takes a clear and practical approach to a crucial yet complex area of practice. Practitioners and trainers alike will find this a really valuable support to best practice.
This book is undoubtedly a brilliant starting point...overall, this book is a very useful addition to the social-work literature and in particular to those writing assessments within the court environment.