You are a social worker at the Child, Adolescent and Family Health Services in Marrickville. The Smith family was initially referred to the school counsellor after reports from a teacher concerned about one of the children and a phone call to the school from the Smith family’s neighbours. The neighbours had reported a number of late night gatherings at which loud music was played and shouting occurred. The two children in the house are William, aged six, Victoria, aged four. The next door neighbour, Mary Brown, an older woman, has many concerns about the frequency of these late night sessions and the impact that they may be having on the children.
The following information has been provided by the school counsellor. She has explained that her principal does not believe that this report will meet the ‘risk of significant harm’ threshold for a report to Family and Community Services, and believes a direct referral to your service is better for the family by way of early intervention. The couple met while at high school in the suburb of Blacktown. They were both teenagers when their families migrated from New Zealand to Australia. The mother, Rena, is Maori and the father, Harry, is pakeha (white New Zealander).
They are aged 22 and 24 respectively and moved into these rented premises recently from Western Australia where they had been living. Harry had been employed in a highly paid position in a mine north of Perth in Western Australia but Rena wanted to return to Sydney as she missed her family members. They have no moved as the mining boom had peaked and unemployment was rising. Rena Smith is Tainui (a tribal area south of Auckland). Harry is not interested in Rena’s culture and has been most unhappy being back in Sydney, as the jobs he has been able to get are not nearly so well paid.
The children have been isolated from their wider family (whanau), but as they now are living in Marrickville and Rena’s family live near Blacktown, only about an hour away, they should be able to see more of each other. The neighbour suspects that ‘there is considerable drug trafficking occurring from the Smith house and the children appear to be poorly dressed and cared for’. She also reports that ‘they are mostly barefoot, untidily dressed, unkempt and often have running noses and incessant coughs’. She also says that ‘occasionally Rena is seen pegging washing out on the line, but most often neither parent is visible’. It is ‘rumoured’ from the neighbours that Harry has been ‘rough with the children and even his wife but Rena’s brothers once visited and the roughness seemed to lessen’ and domestic violence is a concern.
Harry is known to be a hard worker but with relatively little education and very strong racist views.The teacher of the older boy, William, has reported that he seems to have health problems and attends school on an irregular basis. The neighbour reports that Victoria, the younger child ‘appears often to be quite miserable’. Rena reports that her own family is unhappy with her and rarely visits.
Despite returning to Sydney be near her family, Rena admits she has made few efforts to contact them. Reference:Anglem, J. & Maidment, J. (2012). Introduction to collaborative assessment. In J. Maidment and R. Egan (Eds.), Practice skills in social work & welfare: More than just common sense (2nd ed.) (pp. 145-146). Crows Nest, Australia: Allen & Unwin.
Case Study:You Are A Social Worker At The Child, Adolescent And Family Health Services In Marrickville.
Length: 4 pages (1000 Words)
Brief summary of the significant historical information
The core relationship between the academic performance of children in school and socio- economic status is the genesis sociological research established from the story of Smith family in the case study. While there have been varied debates on the magnitude of measuring socio- economic status, it is comparatively evident from the Case Study that young students from humble families socio-economic status do not perform well as compared to children from high socio-economic status families (Graetz, 2015). It’s evident that there is specified factor that triggers the specific outcome within specific socio-economic status bands. Another aspect of the historical information learned in case study shows that logistic regression which indicates that various aspects such as ethnicity, unexplained absences, sex, housing type, education attainment and predictors of the progress of academic undermines the development leading to psychological torture. There is undeniable notion that economic and social components of the socio-economic status may have varied consequences in the education sector. Programs and policies supporting low-income have been found to provide extensive education and psychological support to the youngsters as witnessed in the case of Smith’s family.
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