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Title: Qualitative investigation into assessment approaches to maltreated pre-school children in care : and clinical research portfolio
Author: Spedsberg, Maria Schelde
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 6531
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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Background: Infant mental health is crucial for healthy development. Children who have experienced adversities and are looked after in care need to be supported to form healthy attachment through a permanent placement as soon as possible. A major randomised control trial (RCT) called the Best Service Trial (BeST?) is currently investigating the most effective assessment framework for when children enter care. The assessments are facilitated by a social work service called Family Assessment and Contacts Service (FACS) and a team called the Glasgow Infant Mental Health Team (GIFT). Aim: The research aims to explore the perspective of those involved in the assessment of cases of child maltreatment and their experiences of the wider child welfare system. Methods: A case study approach was used to gain an in-depth insight. Thematic Analysis (TA) was used to analyse the transcripts from the key stakeholders surrounding four families, which were assessed by either GIFT or FACS. Results: Three key themes were identified across the dataset. The importance of the duration of the assessment process, the need for effective communication during this and that the legal structure has a significant influence on the overall experience and outcomes. Conclusions and implications: The study found that joint working was improved by open communication and that delays in outcomes are rooted in concerns around the child having to wait for a long-term home. It was highlighted that training for the Children's Hearing System could improve the current structure.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BF Psychology