Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children's Services by Wendy Rose, Harriet Ward, Al Aynsley-Green, Jo Tunnard, Ruth

By Wendy Rose, Harriet Ward, Al Aynsley-Green, Jo Tunnard, Ruth Sinclair, Janet Seden, Jenny Gray, Pauline Hardiker, David Quinton, Robert Page, Mike Pinnock, Mike Little, Jane Aldgate, Adrian Falkov, Hedy Cleaver

Studying the evaluation of want in kid's companies this booklet addresses the entire spectrum of perform, coverage and learn advancements within the box. The participants contain top teachers, coverage makers and senior practitioners who generate a broad-based holistic method of the evaluation of youngsters in want. They convey how wishes overview in kid's prone can be utilized to take on difficulties similar to low fulfillment, psychological ill-health and social exclusion. ways to the overview of want in kid's companies will let carrier managers and practitioners to reply successfully to the expanding strain to observe results and effectiveness in baby care paintings, and to enhance and coordinate kid's welfare provider provision at person and neighborhood degrees and offers an imperative assessment and research for somebody operating or learning in baby welfare and social care.

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33 34 / APPROACHES TO NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES Childhood disadvantage Poverty Unquestionably the major form of disadvantage that has blighted the lives of successive generations of children is poverty. The economic position of children is inextricably linked to the financial situation of their parents or guardians. 6 per cent in 1979 (Department of Social Security 1997; 1998a; 1999a; 2001; Gregg, Harkness and Machin 1999). Certain groups of children are particularly likely to experience poverty.

Moreover, children from social classes IV and V are twice as likely to be the victims of accidents (which are responsible for 50% of all deaths amongst one to nineteen-year-olds) than those in Social Classes I to III. As Erskine (1996) has noted, the lack of safe play spaces for working class children makes this group particularly vulnerable to road traffic 36 / APPROACHES TO NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES fatalities. Class factors are also a significant explanatory variable in relation to the disproportionately high death rate of poorer children from fire within the home.

Given that social class disparities in educational development emerge so rapidly, New Labour is determined to provide enhanced educational opportunities for disadvantaged families at the earliest possible stage. To this end a guaranteed free nursery education place for every four-year-old has been introduced. Moreover all schools will be expected to ensure that large proportions of their pupils have attained national standards in numeracy and literacy by the age of eleven. The introduction of a literacy hour and a daily mathematics lesson in primary schools from 1999 is intended to ensure that there is a realistic chance of meeting these targets.

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