Two steps forward, one step back: issues for policy and practice

Rose, Wendy (2002). Two steps forward, one step back: issues for policy and practice. In: Ward, H and Rose, Wendy eds. Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children's Services. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 309–319.

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Abstract

This chapter explores some of the key themes which have emerged in this book and relates them to policy and practice issues. An explicit developmental/ecological perspective underpins the system and processes for assessing children's needs. The search for more rationality, rigour and an evidence basis to both individual casework and service planning is examined, which the development of the Integrated Children's System is intended to support. However factors such as the current state of new technology, the professional workforce and the complexity involved in new systems may inhibit the pace and scale of implementation in practice.

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