ecological approach

Report of a seminar entitled, The ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection. The event was held at the Univeristy of Stirling on the 19th October, 2010, and was part-funded by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and organised by the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN).

The Assessment Triangle is a key concept within child welfare and is a term that has been used since the late 1990s. In Scotland, it has been adopted within the development of an Integrated Assessment Framework, to which we also refer in this learning resource. There are a number of aspects of child assessment, in any domain – the home, the playground, the classroom, the GP surgery, or residential care, and others – where you will be thinking about assessment models and practice.

Parents living in poverty face a complex set of factors at individual, family and community levels that make parenting more difficult. In this learning object you will explore a case study of Selina and her family, and in so doing, gain an understanding of some of the difficult choices faced by parents in poverty, as well as support services that could help parents cope. Note: This resource contains audio.