Stephen Pizzey is a Director of Child and Family Training. He has been a practicing social worker in the field of child care since 1976. He was the Head of the Social Work Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London and shared responsibility for child protection at the hospital. He has been the Independent Chair of an Area Child Protection Committee and held a part time position as a lecturer in social work. In addition to his work with Child and Family Training, he is an expert witness and prepares reports in actions for damages against Local Authorities, including cases of historical abuse. He also prepares Serious Case Reviews where a child has suffered serious injury or death.
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WORKSHOP: Hope for Children and Families: assessment and analysis using evidence-based approaches Part 1 (with Jenny Gray)
This workshop will give participants experience of how staff working in early intervention/family support services are using the Hope for Children and Families approach - with a case study involving a single mother and three siblings in middle childhood. Participants will make assessments of each child’s experience in the home environment and formulate individualised child focused plans to help each child and their mother and measure the outcome. This training approach for early intervention services uses evidence-based approaches for assessment, analysis and intervention, based on the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (Department of Health et al 2000). The assessment approaches include the HOME Inventory (Caldwell & Bradley 2003). The HOME was further developed by the creation of a semi structured interview, that takes the child and main carer through a specific day thus eliciting detailed information about the child’s experiences in the home environment (Cox, Pizzey & Walker 2008), and inclusion of the Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales (Cox & Bentovim 2000). A model of analysis was developed to help practitioners maintain their focus on the child’s health and development after they have undertaken an assessment, and to analyse the factors and processes affecting the child’s progress and predict the outlook for the child’s health and development if nothing has changed (Pizzey et al 2015).