This essay seeks to explore the areas of strength and concern in relation to Malik Hussein by firstly outlining the legal frameworks and policies that frame the social work role in this case. Secondly a relevant assessment will be applied to Malik’s current situation which will identify areas of strength and those areas that may cause concern. One of these issues will be discussed in more detail and in particular how it may affect Malik’s development, using theories and research to support the points discussed. Finally taking into account all areas and strengths discussed throughout the essay, a conclusion will be made as to what an appropriate social work response may be in this case.
Legal Frameworks and Policies
In 2000 the Department of Health developed The Framework for Assessment as previous models appeared to be failing. This was said to be for two main reasons, firstly the approach that was used failed to look at assessment in a holistic manner, looking only at immediate family members and identifying risk and protection issues and declining to look at aspects of support and preventative measures. Secondly the format and structure of these assessments were seen as restrictive and disallowed for any creativity in its practice. References here
Following this framework the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative in England in 2003 increased focus on supporting families and carers, who had the most critical influence on children’s lives and ensured that necessary intervention takes place before children reach crisis point and protect children from falling through the net. This came about in response to the death of Victoria Climbie in which many criticisms of the system were made, the lack of effective communication being high up on the list. References here
The high profile nature of this case and many similar cases within Scotland led to the Scottish government looking at their approaches to safeguarding and promoting the child’s welfare. This led to the...