Charlie Case Study


Conduct a case study assessment and intervention plan for “Charlie” using relevant theories and knoweldge that have been discussed in this topic. Please use the social ecological approach as a framework to guide your assessment and intervention plan.


The foundation of ethical social work practice is understanding the social work context (working with children and families) and possessing the knowledge and skills to review and reflect on practice with children and families.
The aim of this assessment is an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the case study and use of theory and knowledge that you have engaged with during th semester to make sense of the case study information. This piece of work consolidates the work that you have undertaken across the semester and is reflective of child and family assessment conducted in practice. As you know assessment is critical for social work and this is demonstrating your skills as an emerging social worker.

Task Summary

  1. Review the video relating to the case study you have chosen which you have been discussing in your tutorials or discussion forums throughout the semester (You can find the link on the FLO site under section “Case Studies”
  2. Read guide about writing up case studies
  3.  Review the knowledge, theories and literature that have been discussed during this semester and the notes that you have made during the tutorials. It is expected that you demonstrate understanding of core readings. In addition, it is expected that students demonstrate use of and understand relevant literature (both in core readings and other publications) that is specific to your case study. For example, in the assessment of “Charlie” then it is important to demonstrate understanding of domestic and family violence, impact on children, parenting and ensuring that your intervention is informed by literatuare and practice approaches.
  4. Writing a case study assessment demonstrates your professional capacity to be curious about the case study information (observations) and using relevant theory, knowledge and literature to make sense of your observations informing your professional judgement and analysis about the case study. On this basis I would expect that for a 3000 word paper there are at least 15 – 20 references excluding websites. These 15-20 references should be inclusive but not limited to some of the core readings we have covered during the semester.
  5. Review the marking rubric which identifies the marking criteria on which the paper will be assessed. Criteria for assessment include: demonstrated understanding of the critical features of the case study; use of relevant theory and knowledge to make sense of the case study; critical analysis (linking practice and theory) of the case study informing an intervention plan, and demonstrated ability to organise ideas and write logically and clearly.
  6. Some guidance about structure and content of the paper:
    • Your introduction should include a brief summary of the case study details only inclusive of the facts and the purpose of the paper.
    • Please demonstrate understanding of the social ecological theory as a foundation for working with children and families and why this is important from a social work perspective.
    • Use the social ecological theory as a framework to guide your assessment and key intervention points. So this means use headings which have been consistently used throughout the topic and has guided our work in tutorials and discussion forum. Headings; children, children and their relationships, children and their context, analysis of the child’s situation, and intervention plan. It is preferable not to use the terms micro, meso, exo and macro – although these are consistent with the terminology of the ecological perspective – however it is not terminology used in practice settings and this is why preference is to use child inclusive language.
      1. In your assessment about the child it is expected that you consolidate discussions had during the semesterin your tutorials or discussion forums. Consider the following: What do you observe about the child in relation to their development and how does developmental theory inform you understanding? What are your observations about the experiences of the child? How does use of children’s rights or knowledge about child abuse and neglect inform your understanding of those experiences? What is your observations of the impact of those experiences on the cognitive, social emotional and physical development of the child? What are other impacts? What knowledge supports your understanding and making sense of the child’s experiences?
      2.  The next section should highlight the child and their relataionships. Who are the important people in their world? What is the quality of those relationships using attachment theory and other relevant knowledge? What factors do you identify that impact on the quality of care and quality of the relationship particularly focusing on parenting capacity? What knowledge informs your sensemaking?
      3. As social workers we must always consider the broader environment and context. So what do you observe about environmental and structural factors that impact on the child and their family? What theories or knowledge informs your assessment?
      4. Your assessment should have a concluding paragraph drawing together the risk and protective factors that will inform your intervention plan. You will find using the Resilience Matrix (Daniel, Gilligan, Wassel and Howe, 2010) a good framework to draw all the components about vulnerability, risk, protection and resilience together. This analysis will inform your intervention plan.
      5. The final section of this paper is to construct an intervention plan which should follow on from the case study analysis. In your intervention plan please consider 3 key areas that require the most urgent attention and actions to achieve change and improve the safety and wellbeing of the child. Ensure that your intervention plan is grounded in evidence/literature about what works with children and families who experience complexity. Your intervention plan should identify three critical areas for action that are supported by contemporary literature. Note: important to ensure that children are safe and supported however they do not have the power to change their circumstances.
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