Audit and family systems consultation: evaluation of practice at a child and family centre

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Title: Audit and family systems consultation: evaluation of practice at a child and family centre
Authors: Carr, Alan
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Date: May-1994
Abstract: This audit of practice at a child and family centre included a 16-month case note review covering 319 cases, a postal survey of 45 families and an interview survey of ten GPs who typically referred cases to the centre. The audit furnished information from three different perspectives on the referral process, the consultation process, and outcome for clients attending the centre. The referral rate was about one new case per day and peak referral times were the beginning of the autumn and winter school terms. Almost half the referrals came from GPs; the remainder were largely from Paediatrics, Education and Social Services. Most clients were seen within two months. Half of the families referred had serious psychosocial difficulties including multiple problem members, multi-problem children, multi-agency involvement, psycho-educational difficulties, child protection problems or child placement difficulties. The majority of cases received six hours of consultation. Families where child abuse had occurred or families containing a multi-problem adolescent received a more intensive service. Between a half and three-quarters of cases had positive outcomes as rated by staff and parents. The service was viewed by GPs to be highly satisfactory. On the negative side, many parents felt ill-prepared for the consultation process and most children did not enjoy the experience.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): 1994 Wiley-Blackwell
Keywords: Referral process;Consultation process;Outcome;Client group;Therapeutic needs;Family therapy
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.1994.00785.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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