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When we asked what practice models you would recommend to help children or adults at their most vulnerable, we received many responses. Below we take a look four highly recommended tools. 


Genograms are a practical social work tool, and come highly recommended by one reader, Jean Adkell, from Essex. They are used in child protection services jobs to explore the quality of relationships and behavioural patterns across generations. They can also be helpful when working with adults and to explore issues of interest beyond family dynamics.

There are many software platforms available to build genograms, or you can create them using Microsoft Office. 

Enhanced assessment bed model

Reader, Diana Murungu, advocates Birmingham Cross City CCG’s enhanced assessment bed model. Patients who are fit to be discharged from the city’s acute hospitals but need further assistance and assessment from people in support worker jobs, are transferred to community based beds for assessment. Patients spend four weeks in the bed, giving them a better chance of returning to their own home with a package of care than if assessments had taken place while in hospital.

To find out more visit CHS Healthcare

Face to face pathways

As recommended by reader Adam Pickford of Hopton, Face to Face work is very useful. Face to Face Pathways is funded by the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund. The programme is a systemic approach that enables young people aged 14 to 24 to determine their next steps beyond care. It ‘fits the system to the family rather than asking the family to fit to the system’. This allows them to build a routine with people in AMHP jobs or other social worker roles that works for the specifics of their situation.

Discover more by reading the Jan -Mar 2017 issue of Social Work News magazine 

Strength cards

As suggested Rachel Boden of Bridgend, Strength cards, are a useful tool. Available for purchase from CoramBAAF, they can help children, young people and families use their strengths at times of change, conflict, worry or stress. Each card focuses on a particular strength and they are illustrated in a way that engages the child.

To purchase the cards, visit CoramBaaf 

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