Childhood Problems - The Social Work Context
Family difficulties have always loomed large on the social work agenda, and many of the children involved are likely to have emotional, developmental, or behavioural difficulties. Indeed, much of social work activity is concerned either directly, or indirectly, with the needs of children. Children who are exhibiting problem behaviour at home, for example, may find their parent(s) seeking direct help for this. Alternatively, the request may come indirectly to social work via a third party, such as a health visitor or school nurse. Such problem behaviour in children may, however, form only a part of a broader and more complex pattern of problems. For example, the referral for social work help may be for direct intervention in the parents’ relationship difficulties, or the practical problems of bad housing, poor health, low income, or debt management. The child’s problems may go unnoticed, or be accorded little priority amid other more pressing problems.
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