This assignment is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and application of a child centred approach.
Please watch “Removed” (Part 1) (12 mins) available on the Learnonline site.
Imagine that you are a social worker working in an organisation required to initiate contact with Zoe, her family and foster carer. Zoe’s household consisted of Zoe (aged 10 years) her mother, step father and brother Benaiah (aged 2 years). The short film is set overseas however you can apply the scenario to the local context of South Australia.
Your role is to develop a child centred plan to work towards reunifying Zoe with her mother and little brother so that they may safely live together again.
Imagine how you would engage with them, assess their needs and develop a plan of action. How will your decision making process about what to do involve the children, family, foster carer, the school and community in a child centred way with 10 year old Zoe as the focus?
You may not be aware of the specific services available in the community, but you should indicate what kinds of resources you could explore and how they may help.
Please apply child development theories (ie Piaget, Vgotsky, Erikson) and Bronfenbrenner’s ecosystems perspective learned in this course to develop a comprehensive plan for intervention (goal is family reunification) which involves Zoe and her brother, her mother and their community.
You should consider the impact of domestic violence on the family unit and include state policy and legislation, national and international policy (weeks 1 & 2) and the relevance of these to the children and family.
What ethical principles (include reference to the AASW Code of Ethics) do you need to consider when working with Zoe, her brother, the community, your organisation?
Are there any ethical tensions between the interests of children, young people and their families which may conflict?
You need to support your work with a minimum of 8 appropriate references utilising readings from the course site ie Berk, Winkworth, Kolar & Soriano etc.
Please communicate clearly in a professional style, edit carefully and list references on a separate page.